Thanks to Hamilton unceremoniously sticking it to Calgary in a big way Sunday afternoon, it makes the re-opening at B.C. Place on September 30 all that much more thrilling for both stay at home fans and fans that will witness the game live at the stadium. The Lions will be playing Edmonton for top spot in the West! At the present time the standings are as follows:
If the LIons win they have earned 1st spot in the West at least until Calgary meets Saskatchewan on Saturday afternoon. Though the Lions, Eks and Stamps will all have 14 points, the LIons take honors having scored more points against each of the other two teams this season. If Calgary beats Saskatchewan on Saturday the Lions will still have second spot at least for the next week while Calgary regains 1st place prestige.
The LIons are not only on a roll, they are healthy and they have gelled. They are finishing off the opposition in convincing fashion. Their receiving corps is phenomenal with the likes of Foster, Simon, Gore, Bruce and now even P. Jackson is figuring into the equation. The Lions are coming into their own and their winning ways have less to do with the opposition having a dry spell. Some would argue that the Lions are winning their games on the misfortunes of the opposition. Not true. For example the Lions destroyed Edmonton 36 to 1 in Edmonton back on August 19. Some say it is because Edmonton was hurting. Hogwash! Why do I say that? Because Edmonton went into Calgary and destroyed the Stamps 35 to 7 on September 05! Were the Stamps hurting? Is that why they lost 35-7? Is that why the Stamps were able to take it to the Esks just 4 days later and beat the Esks in Edmonton?
Several posters on the forum felt that the Lions could have and perhaps should have won at least 3 of their first 4 games of the season. I agreed totally. One of those games the Lions lost by only 2 points. Another game they lost by only 4 points. The game against Hamilton way back when was lost by 8 points but Hamilton scored very late in the game which created a bigger point spread.
Had the Lions won those 3 games they would have 18 points today! "What goes around comes around" is not always true and does not need to be a self-fulfilling prophesy. The Esks enjoyed a dynasty which started in 1978 when they won the Grey Cup. They would win 4 more consecutive Grey Cups before surrendering the throne. In fact the Esks even made a Grey Cup appearance in 1977 before their dynasty began!
It is true that a team's good fortune can turn on a dime or twisted knee, broken ribs, or a concussion that so many of our QBs have suffered in past years. This year is no exception. We need only look at the game between Toronto and Winnipeg over the weekend. Pierce was taken out of the game followed by his backup Brink. Jyles for Toronto was also taken out of the game. Calvillo the other evening was taken out of the game. Take the starting QB out and you have chance of regaining momentum and even winning the game if you're the weaker team.
There are no guarantees that the roster you start with at the beginning of the game is the one you'll finish with at the end or at the end of the season. Injuries take their toll. But this does not mean that any one team is due. It does not mean that there is an allotted number of injuries for each team. Hopefully, Lulay will stay healthy. Hopefully key positions will not become suspect due to injury.
Rather than take the view that the Lions have been winning because of the misfortunes of other teams I choose to believe that their 5 game win streak is because they are a much improved and much better team than some have given them credit for. The Lions did not beat Saskatchewan because the Roughies are a hurting team or a weaker team. After all Saskatchewan demolished Winnipeg, a hugely improved team. And Saskatchewan demolished them in back to back outings. The Roughies came into this past week's game against B.C. on a 3 game winning streak.
I'll be going to the game on Friday September 30 fully expecting the Lions to take it to the Eskies. The Eskies are not as good as the Lions. The Lions will not be taking the Esks lightly. They know Ricky Ray can kill the LIons with his scrambling and running ability but the Lions are superior in all categories. I believe we'll be in top spot when the game is over.