Announcer Scott Adams brightens up Victoria Cougars’ home games with his colourful, themed suits. Adams barely survived being hit by a car in 2016 and is now an avid advocate for blood donation. He organized a blood drive for the Cougars on Saturday. (Victoria Cougars Facebook)

Victoria Cougars’ ‘Don Cherry’ inspired not to take life too seriously

Announcer Scott Adams wears unique suit to almost every game

Whether he’s wearing shamrocks or snowflakes, announcer Scott Adams has a growing fan base at Victoria Cougars home games.

Believe it or not, the brightly-dressed announcer wasn’t trying to impersonate Don Cherry when he first started wearing two-piece suits to the games.

Adams started wearing unconventional outfits as a curler when he noticed how many of his team mates wore black.

“I started wearing Nascar racing shirts – full of advertisements and very noisy,” he said. “The guys would look at me like my head was on fire and I thought, you haven’t seen anything yet.”

That’s when he started wearing loudmouth golf pants – brightly patterned, truly hideous pants, said Adams with a laugh.

Scott Adams owns at least 20 suits with different patterns. (Submitted)

In 2016, Adams was hit by a car while walking his dogs on Gorge Road.

He barely survived the crash. Left with severe orthopedic injuries and a new perspective on life, something as seemingly inconsequential as wearing a patterned two-piece suit has taken on a new meaning for the Victoria man.

When he was asked to become a home game announcer for the Victoria team, he didn’t have to think too hard about what to wear.

Adams brought his one of a kind fashion sense to the Cougars arena and went a step further with patterned and holiday-themed two-piece suits – from stars, paisley, plaid and even moustache patterns – it didn’t take long for folks to start comparing him to beloved Canadian hockey commentator Don Cherry, who had a unique suit for each game he announced.

Adams laughs at the comparison. His main goal is not to take life too seriously.

“Life is way too short. When I got hit by this car, I wasn’t supposed to make it…”

“It’s all just for fun. I have no end of fun doing it.”

Since the crash, Adams has also become an advocate for Blood Services Canada. It took 40 bags of blood to save his life. He organized a blood drive for the Cougars on Saturday and said many of the players were first-time donors.



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