Travis Lulay and Marilyn Herrmann, executive director of the Surrey Food Bank doing things right in support of Friday’s food drive at B.C. Place Stadium (Ric Ernst-P NG)
The man who signs the cheques for the Lions dropped by one of his branch offices for a little inspection Thursday. David Braley couldn’t help but be impressed if you take a small step back and assess a few things.
For one thing, the Surrey facility he hadn’t seen for a while has never looked better. There was certainly a lot that was laudable about the two community programs the club was touting at their walkthrough Thursday, including the league hunger drive mentioned on this blog earlier this week, plus the announcement of another sponsor for their anti-violence against women program which started last year, the B.C. Government Employees Union.
Most impressive of all, however, was how the Lions did not respond to the bait presented to them in the form of a quote by Edmonton tackle Ted Laurent, who said after the Eskimos win over Winnipeg last week that he was on the best defence in the league.
As many of the Lions quickly pointed out, how the best defence can actually be determined less than a month into the season is rather unclear. Nonetheless, you couldn’t help but remember how the Lions have reacted under similar circumstances in the past, when you almost had players taking out billboards to voice their disapproval over similar claims.
Besides, while the Lions may be pretty solid, Edmonton has been stout too through its first three games, and provides the backdrop to what lies ahead Friday. The quiet, however, was a joy to behold, though we’ll milk a story out of it for the paper tomorrow anyway.
Kindly drop back for a review and to talk about all things CFL at theprovince.com/sports. We’ll be here for an hour at 12 noon Friday.