What an embarrassment.
One team didn't show up in McMahon Stadium last Friday and one did. One team was highly motivated, ready to play and the other didn't show signs of life or competitiveness until the game was all but lost. Whether it was the cold, or the mean-nothing game, or whatever, the BC Lions were brutal against their likely opponent in then western final next month in BC Place Stadium. Everything bad that could have happened did (the Reilly fumble on second pass attempt, a porous offensive line that gave up eight sacks, poor tackling, poor punting and lack of effort by the secondary) and some players coasted through the first 15 minutes like they didn't give a crap.
The only good things to report from this game were the two TD drives Reilly put together late in the first half and Tim Brown's TD punt return. I thought Adm Bighill looked very strong, a bright light in an under-achieving defence. For a team who showed good ball security for most of this season the Lions' fumbles by Taylor on a long pass and Phillips after an interception made a bad situation worse. Maybe next time we play the Stamps the team will focus on all three quarterbacks, since each one scored a TD on us. The Stamps are a better team when they use both Kevin Glenn and Drew Tate.
I think a lot of Lion players wee embarrassed last Friday, so I think we'll see a more highly motivated effort this week against the green Riders. I here Lulay will start if he's able to do so. Bruce is talking like he'll be there too. Don't know whether Marco Ianuzzi will play again this year. And does anybody know how healthy Eric Taylor is? I hope Angus Reid is available against Regina. And the Lions need an answer up front to slow down former Alouette Anwar Stewart, who was dominant for the Stamps at rush end.
My advice to coach Benevides: Show the first twenty minutes of the game tape to the guys on the first day back this week. That is what they look play when they show up for a game without any intensity, focus or desire to win. Then burn it!
Dooger in Surrey :cowboy: