RIP: Bob Ackles dead of heart attack

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Sun Jul 06, 2008 1:34 pm

Big loss to the Lions the CFL and of course his family and friends.

My condolences to all that knew and cared about Bob

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Sun Jul 06, 2008 1:35 pm

What a huge loss for the CFL in general and the Lions in particular.

Condolences to the Ackles family and the Lions organization.

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Sun Jul 06, 2008 1:36 pm

What a huge loss for the BC Lions, the CFL, and for Vancouver. My thoughts are with his family.

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Sun Jul 06, 2008 1:38 pm

He was a great man may he always be remembered as one of the best ! Godspeed and to the Ackles family my prayers he was truly a special human being.

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Sun Jul 06, 2008 1:39 pm

I am in shock :sigh: .......I was coming here to complain about the Lions play recently and saw this post. I think this sort of shows that there are a lot more important things than wins and losses. With this terrible news the Lions have lost a great person and an integral part of their organization. My thoughts and prayers to the family of Mr. Ackles and the Lion organization on this sad and unfortunate day. Thank you Mr. Ackles for everything you did for our Lions and we will never forget you;RIP
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Thank you for everything you did for OUR Lions Mr.Ackles, we will never forget you...RIP

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Sun Jul 06, 2008 1:40 pm

I'm in shock right now. No words.

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Sun Jul 06, 2008 1:40 pm

This a huge loss for the CFL. Bob Ackles was one of the most important CFL executives in the past decade. He as much as anyone is responsible for the dominance of the Lions in the past 5 years. The CFL has lost an important man. My sympathies to his family and friends, as well as BC Lion fans, and CFL fans.

Today is a sad day.

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Sun Jul 06, 2008 1:42 pm

i am so sad to hear this. sad for the ackles family. sad for the cfl. sad for lions fans. in many ways bobby ackles was the bc lions and its just so sad. my condolensces to all.

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Sun Jul 06, 2008 1:43 pm

I had to re-read that 20 times before I believed it. This is terrible and thoughts and prayers to the Ackles family.

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Sun Jul 06, 2008 1:45 pm

Bob Ackles was an institution in B.C. and a passionate defender of the CFL. My condolences to his family and colleagues. He will be missed.
"I think [Fred Fateri] was like a lot of people who watch football, hockey or any professional sport on television. They sit there and think they could coach better than the professional. Some people really think that." - Bob Ackles, The Water Boy

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Sun Jul 06, 2008 1:46 pm

oh damn, son of a...

I didnt wanna beleive this. Thought at first it had to be a bad joke, although I wouldnt expect such from SM. Still dont want to beleive it.

First General Hammond, and now this. 60s is still too young to go. Damn shame.

I can just hear the bad taste classless comments that will soon be coming from certain quarters.

What a sad day all round. Much condolances to the Ackles family and friends.

Damn.
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Sun Jul 06, 2008 1:48 pm

KnowItAll wrote:oh damn, son of a...

I didnt wanna beleive this. Thought at first it had to be a bad joke, although I wouldnt expect such from SM. Still dont want to beleive it.

First General Hammond, and now this. 60s is still too young to go. Damn shame.

I can just hear the bad taste classless comments that will soon be coming from certain quarters.

What a sad day all round. Much condolances to the Ackles family and friends.

Damn.
I doubt we'll hear any classless comments. The Lions are a hated team, but fans all over the CFL knew how much Bobby loved the CFL. Just read the Riders forum.

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Sun Jul 06, 2008 1:49 pm

Oh my God, this is terrible news for the Ackles family.

I only ever saw him in person once, last year, at a signing for his book. He was so gregarious in conversation with him, I swear the man couldn't have been more cordial.

This is a tremendous loss for everyone close to him. My condolences to his family, friends, everyone in the Lions organisation and the rest of his colleagues in the football fraternity.
Sports can be a peculiar thing. When partaking in fiction, like a book or movie, we adopt a "Willing Suspension of Disbelief" for enjoyment's sake. There's a similar force at work in sports: "Willing Suspension of Rationality". If you doubt this, listen to any conversation between rival team fans. You even see it among fans of the same team. Fans argue over who's the better QB or goalie, and selectively cite stats that support their views while ignoring those that don't.

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Sun Jul 06, 2008 1:51 pm

And to think many of us had met him just a few months ago when he was signing his book at Sports N Stuff and proudly displaying his Grey Cup ring. Unbelievable loss.

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