If the B.C. Lions were sending a message, the Calgary Stampeders received it loud and clear.
The Lions not only won last night, they stepped on the Stampeders' throats during a 39-13 embarrassment at B.C. Place.
Leading 33-6 with less than 11 minutes remaining, the Lions tried a short kickoff, recovered by Korey Banks, although couldn't convert the turnover into points.
After scoring a TD on a 23-yard Ryan Phillips interception one series later, leading 39-6, the Lions tried but failed on a two-point convert.
"We'll put that in the memory banks," said Stamps tackle Randy Chevrier. "If they're going to try that when the game is out of hand, I don't know what they've got planned when the game is tight. They'll need those plays.
"I don't know what kind of message they were sending. Did they want to send a message by running stupid trick plays when the game's out of hand? That's fine."
Veteran o-lineman Jay McNeil said the Lions' attempt to run up the score escalated to an already frustrating night.
"It adds onto the fact we got the crap kicked out of us," McNeil said.
"At that point in the night, getting angry ... It was just the way our night went."
Stamps head coach Tom Higgins said the attempt to run up the score wasn't a surprise to him.
"It's a 60-minute football game and they can do anything they want at any time."
Lions receiver Geroy Simon had a sensational night with eight catches for 120 yards and one TD. He had a verbal war with Stampeders receivers Nik Lewis and Jeremaine Copeland all week.
"We can talk just as good as anybody but if you're going to talk, you better be able to back it up and we can," Simon said.
"Look at the scoreboard, that's all I have to say."