Sunday To Be Vancouver’s Best or Worst Day Ever

Sunday will be the best or worst day of 2007 in Vancouver.

The Lions are taking on those peskie Saskatchewan Roughriders and the rest of the wheat farmer bunch that make up ‘Rider Nation’ to move onto the 2007 Grey Cup. The Canucks are taking on the Minnesota Wild shortly after the Lions game in another key Northwestern Division contest, which will prove to be a muck-and-grind kind of game. The Giants are taking on the Kelowna Rockets at the Pacific Coliseum on Sunday as well in WHL action.

This weekend, as mentioned at the beginning of this blog, can go one of two ways. Excellent or disasterous.

Needless to say, if the Lions lose, then Vancouver will be an interesting place as over 50,000 people are expected to be at the Lions game. Don’t kid yourself, more than 10,000 people (be them Saskatchewan or B.C. fans) will be upset and that should make for an interesting four hours while the Canucks do battle.

The Canucks, coming off of a hard-fought, 1-0 shoot-out loss to the Edmonton Oilers, will be determined to beat the Wild. Having said that, Minnesota has had the Canucks number the past few years and it is quite possible the Canucks will lose to the Wild. Could you imagine going 0-2 in the first two, big games of Sunday? This city would go nuts and there would be an awful lot of angry, drunk Vancouverites. Combine that with hated Saskatchewan fans and Minnesota Wild fans then we have the makings for a riot. God forbid.

The Giants, who are arguably the best team in the Canadian Hockey League, will defeat Kelowna. The Giants are coming off of an impressive victory in Kamloops and the Rockets aren’t nearly the team of the early part of the decade. Only problem is that the Giants won’t garner a huge crowd because almost everybody will be downtown.

Just a side note from the sports. Beer sales at every restaurant, pub, bar and liquor store promise to rise 1000 per cent from last Sunday and drunkeness and rowdyness will be at an all time high. Bring it on!

But let’s put a different spin, a more celebratory spin on this Sunday coming up.

It’s a huge weekend. This weekend promises to be a good weekend for sports in Vancouver. The last time there were over 50,000 people in B.C. Place for a Lions game was against Saskatchewan in 2004. The Lions won in overtime on a field goal, while now Lions kicker Paul McCallum missed an 18-yard field goal attempt to give Saskatchewan the lead in the overtime. The game notes aside, the atmosphere in that stadium on that day was incredible. Nothing compares to 50,000 fans making as much noise as humanly possible for a football game. 50,000 people doing the wave is pretty sweet too.

This weekend has the potential to be the greatest sports weekend in the City of Vancouver … unless the Canucks win the Stanley Cup, but that might not happen for a good, long time.


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