It did not escape notice that a Queen's Golden Gaels footballer, defensive back Jimmy Allin, was named city athlete of the year for Belleville, the hometown of our own Duane Rollins, who of course is a Laurier Golden Hawks loyalist.
That's almost as good as breaking into the Quinte Mall in the middle of the night and raising the Tricolour flag so it can be seen by all the drivers passing between Toronto and Kingston. Oddly enough, no Belleville Bulls hockey player has ever received the award, but in 2000 it went to a Kingston Frontenac, Andrew Raycroft, whose whereabouts are presently unknown.
True, the only two-time winner of the award actually was a quarterback for Laurier, Ryan Pyear, but -- how soon they forget -- the local Intel identified him today as a former "McMaster University football star." (That would have been his brother, Kyle Pyear, who was good enough to keep Jesse Lumsden in a platoon role during his run with the Marauders and won the honour himself in 2002. There haven't been many 5-foot-10, 175-lb. guys who were more entertaining than Ryan was during his years at Laurier.)
Anyways, Allin's triumph almost makes up for that '03 semi-final. For the 900th time, "kick it over the bar."
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