VANCOUVER — How do you flush the feeling of last week’s season-opening 36-20 loss at Regina?If you’re the UBC Thunderbirds (1-1), you usher in the home portion of the 2017 Canada West season Saturday with a decisive 32-18 win over the Manitoba Bisons (0-2) at Thunderbird Stadium.Here’s my four biggest takeaways from Saturday’s win:
(APOLOGIES TO MY LOYAL READERS, AS WELL AS COACHES AND PLAYERS. COMPUTER ISSUES HAVE FLARED UP. I HOPE TO HAVE THINGS FIXED AND BE ABLE TO PRESENT THE REST OF THE WEEKEND IN BC HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL AT SOME POINT ON SUNDAY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE)Welcome to Week 1 of Varsity Letters’ B.C. High […]
VANCOUVER — The greatest player in the history of UBC Thunderbirds football is asked to remember his favourite moment from the game which propelled his team into the 1982 Vanier Cup national final.All these years later, Glenn Steele remains the ever-humble ‘Bird, yet even his best attempt at a simple recollection winds up sounding a […]
ABBOTSFORD — The best way to tell the story of the 2017 Robert Bateman Timberwolves senior varsity football team is to first imagine them gathered together on their team bus.
ABBOTSFORD — There is an old saying about patience which tells us that it’s not so much about the wait as it is what we do while we’re waiting.
VANCOUVER — Denis Kelly has embraced so many of the innovations which have changed the face of football since the mid-1980s.Yet as the career of one of B.C.s most enduring head coaches enters yet another new chapter, it’s also correct to say that his belated return to an old-school East Vancouver gridiron hamlet comes awash […]
In keeping with the theme of last-minute school supply shopping, you could say that the offensive line that the Simon Fraser Clan debuted Saturday night in Phoenix was being held together by paper clips and scotch tape.Except when Clan head coach Kelly Bates marched out two pure freshmen and two converted defensive linemen, the makeshift […]
PITT MEADOWS — In his 2008 book ‘Outliers’, Malcolm Gladwell most famously expressed that investing 10,000 of hours of work into your passion allows you the chance to achieve greatness.Imagine, over the course of a 40-plus-year career, doing just that many, many times over, and in the end, asking for not a penny in return?
Welcome to the Friday Night Lights edition of Varsity Letters’ B.C. High School Football Report.It’s a small, Labour Day weekend edition with three game reports. The full schedule hits next week.FRIDAYTRIPLE ASCAPPOOSE (ORE.) 51 at No. 2 NEW WESTMINSTER 14NEW WESTMINSTER — The visiting Indians scored early and often, putting touchdowns on the board in […]
It was a conference-opening effort that tried to dispel the notion that the UBC Thunderbirds had actually held practices before they took to the field on Friday night at Regina’s new Mosaic Stadium.Of course they had, and of course they remain one of the nation’s most talented teams.Yet the No. 7-ranked ’Birds (0-1) can’t exactly […]