This epic battle features the red-headed gimp (Area51's affectionate nickname for T Lulay) vs. Mighty Mutt (Matt Nichols)
BC has far more receiving weapons that Winnipeg. Guys that can get open and hold onto the ball in tight spaces. Bombers have a couple guys with frying pan hands - and a couple more who when keyed on won't be able to get wildly open.
Suspect Nichols might be able to move the ball between the 20s - which means Justin Medlock should be in for at least 5 or 6 field goals tonite. Bombers might score 1 TD (either a long drive or a short turnover) so they should be good for 22 to 26 pts. Lulay should be able to put a flight school together - without both Moe Leggatt and Ian Wild the bombers will be vulnerable, especially since Rich Hall is their defensive coordinator - I'm predicting BC should be good for minimum 24 pts - and maximum 43 pts so a BC win is predicted.
Coaching wise its another mis-match. Wally Buono is a serious and experienced head coach who gets what its all about. Meek Mike O'Shea is still on a steep learning curve, defers too much to assistants and his only real asset is he's universally loved by his troops.
As offensive tacticians I'll take Khari Jones & Lulay over PLOP & Buck Pierce.
BC's defense is their primary vulnerability but they still have a guy named Solly Bomb Bombs.
Lulay is a hero type guy, even at 33 he'll play thru light concussions or even broken ribs. Nichols is a tough hombre as well - but if he gets crushed up, his level of performance drops significantly.
Just came home from the game. 21,017 - not bad. Stands felt much fuller tonight with great energy in the stadium. If you'd told me it was 22,000 - 23,000 I wouldn't have argued.
Looked on the Ticketmaster map a couple of days ago and there were still lots of blue dots, so it must have been a big walk-up and/or game day sales. There just seemed to be a bigger buzz in town this week coming off the Lulay performance in Hamilton and the 3 straight wins. I'll be interested to see the TV numbers.
The obvious answer is they are still fudging the numbers as was stated in that article by the Vancouver paper last year. Claiming tickets distributed are a few thousand more than the reality. Probably only 18 - 19,000 at the game last night as the lower bowl seats 26,000 or so and it was about a third empty.
BC offense blew the top off in the fourth and the Bombers sucked as usual in the fourth. Bummers have been outscored something like 42-9 in 4th quarters this year. Most logical explanation - bad coaching! See Lapo and Hall who have been fired too many times to count.
Sorry, but you don't know what you're talking about if you think there were only "18 - 19,000" there. If you're gauging that guess-timate by the photos taken in this thread, that was prior to kick-off. 7:00pm games on Fridays are murder here due to traffic, especially with construction all around the stadium. The place got MUCH fuller half-way through the first quarter.
And BC Place lower bowl holds 27,500, not 26,000. Proof HERE.
For sure, had just about everything! Probably one of the most interesting games I've ever watched either side of the border! Great win for the Lions, Lulay is the Lulay of old. And that coach of the Bombers, love him or hate him, brings a different element to the game of gridiron football. Live by the sword, die by the sword eh Mike?