Buono is facing a crucial decision down the road and this one might determine how the Lions finish this season. Right now, Dave Dickenson is the second-best quarterback on this team. That's been apparent for about a month now and the point was reinforced again on Sunday.
"I really didn't have a good rhythm going," Dickenson admitted. "But the score was 10-10. I'm not sure what [Buono's] thinking was on that."
Dickenson has been a great quarterback in this league and you won't meet a finer gentleman in sports. But this is about something else. Buck Pierce gives the Lions the best chance to win and he should be playing.
This space was originally slated for an item lauding Wally Buono and the good work he's done with the B.C. Lions this season. His personnel decisions have all worked out beautifully for the team and he has the franchise playing their best football since the Don Matthews teams of the mid-'80s.
Does one boneheaded decision change that? Hard to say. It's a given that Buono's decision to punt for a single point in Regina on Sunday -- on first freaking down????? -- was indefensible, but it shouldn't alter the course of this Lions' season. They're still the best team in the CFL. They still have the best record. If losing a game in overtime sends them in a downward spiral, then they weren't good enough to begin with.