Ex-Lions legend Geroy Simon counts his blessings after near-miss on Skagit River bridge
Geroy Simon and his family drove across the Skagit River bridge on the Interstate 5 corridor shortly before it collapsed Thursday. The Canadian Football League’s all-time leading receiver now with the Saskatchewan Roughriders told friends in a message posted on his Instagram account: “We are blessed!” The late Jim Croce was bang on when he penned and sang the words: “You don’t tug on Superman’s cape.” During his distinguished 12 seasons with the B.C. Lions, Simon’s famous Superman pose after scoring a touchdown contributed to his being the face of the Leos’ franchise.
HERE ’N’ THERE: Ted Lindsay, one of the NHL’s legendary tough guys whose face was filled with cuts and stitches throughout his career, will be signing autographs at the Bonsor Recreation Centre behind the Metrotown Mall from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Nicknamed ‘Terrible Ted’ for his rough play despite being small in stature, Lindsay played left wing with centre Sid Abel and Gordie Howe on the right side in what was dubbed the ‘Production Line.’ Lindsay and Montreal Canadiens defenceman Doug Harvey defied management and ownership by establishing the original NHL Players Association at a time when superstar players were earning less than $25,000 a year. “When their playing days were over,” Lindsay says, “they had nothing to fall back on and had to accept whatever work they could get in order to survive.” CBC Television produced the hockey movie Net Worth in 1995 depicting Lindsay’s fight to create the NHLPA.
SHORT HOPS: As sure as Mike Gillis will one day find his re-set button, former Canucks off-ice NHL official Joe Frizzell will be sitting in his front row grandstand seat at Nat Bailey Stadium for the Canadians’ June 17 home opener. Frizzell’s impressive Vancouver background in baseball, football and hockey has prompted C’s general manager Jason Takefman to take charge of a bid to have Frizzell inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame. Among dozens of accomplishments, Frizzell was the first Canadian umpire to work home plate at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. As a 12-year-old growing up across the street from old Athletic Park at 5th and Hemlock, Frizzell spotted a fire burning in the dressing room area. He ran home and had his mother call the fire department. The park burned to the ground, leading to the construction of scenic Capilano Stadium in 1951.
END ZONE: The dynamic golfing duo of Brad Ewart and Hal Quinn are back together working their promotional magic at the Sagebrush Golf and Sporting Club in the Nicola Valley outside of Merritt in south central B.C. Sagebrush was named Best New Course in Canada by Golf Digest and Score Golf magazines shortly after it opened in 2009 … The Els For Autism Golf Challenge (as in Ernie Els), emceed by Global TV’s Jay Janower, raised more than $120,000 at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club last week.
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