Not only is Jason Maas the Ticats' new starter...not only did he play a decent game last night, which he is not satisfied with...not only is he the quarterback of what promises to be an exciting offence this year...but I THINK HE MAY BE MY NEIGHBOUR!!
My mother just saw him going into the grocery store down the street. She probably would never have known him, but someone else recognized him and called out to him. My mother described him: tall, beard, wearing a Ticat hat...and yes, okay, the ears.
Danny McManus used to shop at the same grocery store, and I've seen him there, as well as "Pigskin Pete" Paul Weiler. Recently-released Alphonso Roundtree had some friends in my building, and used to hang out here quite a bit (though I never saw him myself.)
This has gotten me thinking. Not many professional sports leagues are made up of players that are so much a part of the community that you can run into them going about their day-to-day routine. You think you would bump into Donnovan McNabb in the produce section, or Kobe Bryant doing his laundry? Not a chance!
To me, the accessibility of CFL players is one of the many things that makes our league so unique and so fantastic. I think it would be interesting to hear what players, past or present, other people have encountered. Not at special events or functions where they're appearing, or at practices or before or after games. But just going around the neighbourhood like average people.