Please See Jamie's response to my initial email
I appreciate the quick response.
It is truly unfortunate that you would think my comments are without merit, but then again I shouldn't have expected more. Let us look at the facts of the class. The hit was sufficient for the ref to throw a flag and disqualify Jimenez for the remainder of the game, without knowing the extent of the injuries.
Second the league not only suspended Jimenez, they didn't want the suspension temporarily suspended. They wanted the suspension applied to the up coming game.
Third, some of your staunches fans who were at the game and actually saw the hit called it unnecessary. If you do not believe me, try reading the CFL forum sometime.
Fourth, Dickenson has been quoted in the papers as saying that type of play wasn't necessary.
Add to this a number of sports professionals have also commented on the hit.
To me that is sufficient "fact" enough for me to say that hit was unnecessary.
My only hope is that enough fans write in and complain. Maybe then the win at all costs mentality that almost ruined the league before won't continue.
A fan that may never cross the doors of BC Place again.
[b]Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2007 16:52:39 -0800
Thanks for your comments.
I believe however, they are completely without merit. You have not seen the play in question, no one has.
To say our club endorses any type of play that puts any other players at risk is ludicrous at best and insulting to men who have dedicated dozens of years and thousands of hours to the game of football.
You are entitled to your opinions, but in all honesty you really don’t have any foundation on which to support them and I would suggest getting all the facts before sending messages such as this.
BC Lions Football Club
Subject: Time for the BC Lions suspend Jimenez
To the BC Lions
It is time that BC Lions suspend Jimenez. The hit by Jason Jimenez was a brutal vicious hit that has no place in the Canadian Football League. While Jason has exercised his right to appeal the suspension imposed by the league. It time for the BC Lions to demonstrate they don't condone this type of behaviour.
BC Lions have been accused many times this year of in-appropriate behaviour. On the first few occasions, as a fan I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. However, given the incident in Regina and now this incident, it appears as if the team not only approves of this type of play, but I am beginning to believe they encourage it. Had the General Manager stepped up and said that he was recommending that Jimenez not appeal, just like he did after the Regina game, I would have approved. But sadly it did not happen in this situation. The only thing left for the BC Lions organization to demonstrate that they will not win by any means possible including cheating, is to sit Jimenez for the remainder of the season.
As a person from another province, who has attended at least 2 or 3 games a year in BC. I will tell you, I will not be supporting your organization if the proper measures are not taken by your team. This includes never attending a future Grey Cup game awarded to BC.
Mike, a loyal CFL fan