With Tiger Woods breaking 75 on Sunday and the L.A. Kings and Chicago Blackhawks combining for six goals in Game 2, you wouldn’t think things could get any better in the world of sports. But, now comes a special edition of the Monday morning musings and meditations from B.C. Lions camp. I just hope your heart can stand the excitement. ■ He hasn’t come right out and said it, but this is surely Angus Reid’s last year in the CFL and, as his 13th training camp gets under way, the Lions’ centre finds himself in a reflective mood. "When you’re young, (training camp) is like Christmas when you still believe in Santa Claus," Reid said on Sunday, the first day of camp for veterans. "The excitement is great because the unknown is there. "Now, I still get excited over Christmas, but I know the reality of everything. It’s not like I can’t wait to see what happens. I know what’s going to happen." Reid, in fact, says a huge part of his role at this camp will be in preparing the Lions’ next starting centre, and he views that as a sacred trust. Over the last 40 years, the Lions have basically employed four centres, starting with Al Wilson, who begat Ian Sinclair, who begat Jamie Taras, who begat Reid. The successor to that distinguished group might be Matt Norman, the soon-to-be 25-year-old who started seven games last season before returning to Western Ontario to finish his teaching degree. "A lot of my work is going to be getting the next person going and I want to do that well," said Reid. ■ There aren’t a lot of job openings at this Lions’ camp, which is the m.o., head coach Mike Benevides inherited from Wally Buono. Still there are a couple of intriguing battles that will play out over the next three weeks.
Lions camp offers a few intriguing battles
Vancouver Province | Jun 4