The Life of Reilly – Edmonton Eskimos vs B.C. Lions – June, 2019

Since this post was written in June, things have not gotten any better for our former quarterback, Mike Reilly. BC is now 1 and 9. Yikes. Meanwhile Edmonton is 6 and 4 and has the leading passer in the CFL (Trevor Harris), but have some troubles in the Red Zone.

We used to be CFL Edmonton Eskimo season ticket holders for 40 years, but found we were missing more games than we got to. Since 2015, we have made a pact to attend one game a year. Over the off season free agency period, our star Quarterback decided to move to the B.C. Lions to be closer to his family in Seattle. We were fortunate to grab another top quarterback from an Eastern CFL team. While our first effort of the season had a good outcome, we were far from certain this would be a trend all season long.

At Christmas, L & A gave us the gift of 2 tickets to the game of our choice. We chose to rip the bandage off early, by going to the Eskie/Lion game. I did not take my camera to the game, so all photos are by my Patty. Did she not do a fine job?

Oh, and the final score was Eskies 39 – Lions 23. Yay. Eskies sacked Reilly 7 times and were flagged for roughing the passer 5 times (a bit of fine tuning is required to clean up the penalties). Watch out for the rematch and then the rubber. I am sure this ain’t over yet.

Life of Reilly

Into the storied halls, we came

under banners of past glory.

Our single live yearly game,

we hoped would tell the story

of changes, free agency,

both on and off our Eskies.

Reilly, now the enemy

was hoping to be pesky.

Early on, we looked a sight

and could not get much going.

Nonetheless, we fought the fight

and Harris kept on throwing.

At last, we stopped the bleeding

and slowly clawed our way back.

By half time, Eskies leading

and both teams were talking smack.

In second half, more good play

by our Eskies, green and gold,

now, in front we hoped to stay,

Reilly looked like days of old.

Time and time, again we got

him underneath sack pile. We

felt bad for Mike, who was not

living the life of Reilly.

6 thoughts on “The Life of Reilly – Edmonton Eskimos vs B.C. Lions – June, 2019

  1. I lived in Winnipeg from 1962-67 and cheered for the Bombers, when Kenny Ploen was their quarterback, then moved South of Calgary to Stavely, Parkland and Nanton. Was not into football at that time, but have been an Eskimo fan for 42 years through good and bad. Should be an interesting game tomorrow. Thanks for reading and commenting. Allan


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