Looking at other side of the Superman argument
-by Timm Bruch
Who comes to mind when you think of the B.C. Lions?
Some will say Travis Lulay or Angus Reid. Solomon Elimimian is popular too. Heck, you could even make a case for Wally Buono. But at the end of the day, nine times of out ten, every Lions fan has the name of one veteran in his head (it isn’t Paul McCallum).
Geroy Simon, arguably the best player to ever don the Lions’ orange jersey, has been traded to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. While media across the country scour the rubble of the trade, can any of them seriously proclaim it was the right move by Buono and his front office staff?
Simon is the heart of the Lions, no questions asked. Countless donations, charity work and time spent promoting his team have made him crazy popular in Vancouver, and that’s not even taking into account his on-field production.
He won two Grey Cups, an MOP Award, and is the all-time leader in CFL receiving yards.
The Lions are a better team with Simon. Yes, they survived through his injury last year, but many forget he was around the team day in and day out. Anyone who has ever met Simon (and yes, I’ve had the pleasure) will tell you that not only does he strive to be the best, but he pushes and motivates his teammates just as hard.
All of the Lions’ current receivers are under 30 years old, and that doesn’t bode well for them. Buono would rather have a young core, but having a veteran with experience is always an asset in sports. Who will fill that role now?
The fact is trading Geroy Simon was a huge mistake. He’ll be missed off and on the field, and the Lions will not improve if they continue to dump off veterans like they’ve been doing in the past week.
For Lions fans it’s time to move on and pick a new favourite player. You’ve got a great selection. But is the body really prepared to keep moving forward without the heart?