SCENE & HEARD: B.C. Lions’ Geroy Simon, the celebrated all-time leading pass receiver in Canadian Football League history, was unquestionably the least recognized superstar in the house Wednesday at Rogers Arena. On this night he was content to remain in the background as his daughter Jordan and son Jaden grooved with 18,000 other giddy young fans at the Justin Bieber concert. Geroy’s wife Tracy wasn’t about to miss out on the action, though. She and ‘The Biebs’ were happy to pose, big smiles all around, with the Simon kids in a meet-and-greet before the show.
While Bieber scalpers were unloading single tickets for upwards of $250, that’s chump change for what their U.S. co-hawkers will be scoring Sunday afternoon outside Seattle’s Century Link Field. NFL fun-seekers from north of the border will be tripping over each other to secure tickets for what the Seahawks have declared ‘Canada Day’ for the New England Patriots’ visit. Prices on-line hit $990 late Friday. Yeah, per ticket.
HERE ‘N’ THERE: A 25-person committee under Chair Michael Averbach works year-round on the annual JCC Sports Dinner creating lists of headline speakers and Jack Diamond Sports Personalities of the Year recipients. The 20th annual fund-raiser on Feb. 7 at the Hyatt Regency will be a classic with Vancouver Canadians owners Jake Kerr and Jeff Mooney sharing the Jack Diamond Award while National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee (2007) Cal Ripken Jr. will be the keynote speaker. Averbach attended his first JCC Dinner as a wide-eyed 13-year-old with his dad Gary, past president of the Jewish Community Centre.
SHORT HOPS: After an absence of three years, the Confratellanza Italo-Canadese and North Burnaby Boxing Club are bringing back the ‘sweet science’ to the Italian Cultural Centre on Nov. 22. The evening will be dedicated to the memory of Louie Valente, one of the founders of the old Astoria Boxing Club. Fight Night and dinner tickets can be arranged through John Teti (604.657.4111) or Manny Sobral (604.377.2607). The main event has B.C. heavyweight champ Adam Querido defending his title against number one contender Adam Braidwood, the former Edmonton Eskimos’ hit man.
END ZONE: Vancouver Curling Club celebrates its 100th anniversary this weekend at the Hillcrest Centre with curlers wearing gear dating back to 1912 when they played in a dingy Denman Avenue facility known as ‘The Pile’. VCC is the proud home of the Lyall Dagg team that won the MacDonald Brier Canadian national title and men’s world championship in 1964.
Having recently returned from covering the NBA Lakers training camp for The Score Sports Network, local broadcaster Brook Ward shares the story about overhearing one high profile L.A. sports scribe saying: “We finally started covering the Kings again after 10 years and now we’re back to ignoring them.”
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