Coach Ritchie gets KO'd

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 8:19 AM ET

Dave Ritchie delivered the quote of the game.

"They said we won. That is good," he said after the Lions' victory.

The reason it is a great quote is that Ritchie wasn't trying to be smart.

The B.C. Lions defensive co-ordinator honestly doesn't remember much from the end of the game because he was knocked over on the sidelines with nine minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Edmonton receiver Jason Tucker and B.C. defender Mark Washington came rumbling into the bench area, causing the trouble.

"I tried to get out of the way," said Ritchie, a 47-year coaching veteran.

"He hit me in the shin and into my knee and then I felt my head hit the ground."

A team doctor told Ritchie he blacked out for a period of time.

Like any tough coach, Ritchie tried to put the headset back on to call defensive plays down the stretch, but had to stop.

Dizzy after the game and not wanting to answer too many questions, Ritchie couldn't even recall his defensive unit's stand in the final minute to keep Edmonton from posting an upset win.


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