Friday, April 8, 2011

Saying goodbye to Whipper

Here's a great story by Margaret Sheridan from the Toronto Sun leading up to Bob Watson's final regular season game at home.

In pro sports, there’s longevity, and then there’s loyalty.
Very few athletes have managed to epitomize both quite the way Toronto Rock goaltender Bob ‘Whipper’ Watson has.
Watson will play the final regular-season home game of his stellar career Friday night against the Buffalo Bandits at the Air Canada Centre. And chances are, there won’t be a dry eye on the Rock bench during his pre-game farewell ceremony.
“It’s going to be quite an event,” said Pat Campbell who, as the Rock’s backup goaltender this season, had arguably the best seat in the house to watch Watson work. “It’s one of those novel things where a superstar retires at the top of his game.
“You see so many where they play until they’re too old to put up the big numbers they do in their prime. But it’s unbelievable to see a guy wanting to leave at the top of his game.”

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