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"The Bartender" - Raised on Vancouver Island where Phil played Football and Rugby in High School. Played O-Line for Bishop's University. A loyal member of the BC Lions nation since age 9. BC bred but travelled sea to sea in Canada trying to get a pulse on fan nation above the 49th. Unofficial voice of bartenders everywhere. Connect with Phil today!
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Simon back under the Dome as Saskatchewan invades BC Place

Geroy Simon

NWSB Insider and B.C. Lions’ blogger Phil “The Bartender” Slater brings us his weekly Lions matchup preview. This week BC takes on the RoughRiders in Van City. Welcome back Geroy Simon. The long-time Leo, BC community activist, and the greatest receiver in the history of the CFL returns to Vancouver tonight. When Geroy Simon was dealt in the off-season, BC Lions fans and players alike circled the calendar when Saskatchewan would return to BC Place.

BC stakes its claim to a playoff spot

Adam Bighill

NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Phil The Bartender Slater weighs in with his Week 12 CFL review for the BC Lions vs. Winnipeg Blue-Bombers in Winterpeg. Phil says the Lions did what they had to do, go into enemy territory and lay a beat down on a weaker opponent. With the “W” BC secured a spot in the post season party standing all alone in second place.

BC descends on Winnipeg, looking to win back to back road games

Dante Marsh

NWSB Insider and B.C. Lions’ blogger Phil “The Bartender” Slater brings us his weekly Lions matchup preview. This week BC takes on Winnipeg on the road YET again. Phil points out the BC secondary, led by Dante Marsh should just be poised and keep everything in front of them. Which is how they succeeded against the Riders. Last week Winnipeg gave up over 20 consecutive points before falling to Edmonton in overtime. No doubt they’ll be licking their wounds.

A clash of two CFL West powers squared off last Sunday

Nice game BC. Well played. A huge win.

NWSB Insider and B.C. Lions’ blogger Phil “The Bartender” Slater tells us what exactly went right and a little wrong in the Leo’s game vs. the Roughriders. It’s another Love’em & Hate’em post. Phil Loved The New Bash Brothers: Ryan Phillips, Dante Marsh and Korey Banks. They have long been the identity of the Lions secondary but Josh Bell and Cord Parks were out to prove themselves against some tough competition.

Buono blasts coaches and players in a week of player transactions

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NWSB Insider and B.C. Lions’ blogger Phil “The Bartender” Slater brings us a piece on Wally Buono’s rant to the media about the state of the Lions. And he very well should be upset says Phil. This team is rolling in mediocre, not a substance they are used to be playing in. Will the roster moves help? Will the call to the masses help? Only time will tell, but the good thing is the Buck Pierce move at least lights a fire under Travis Lulay’s lagging behind.

BC Lions get upstaged by Toronto’s rising star Zach Collaros 38-12

Jason Barnes; J.R. Larose; Joshua Bel

NWSB Insider and B.C. Lions’ blogger Phil “The Bartender” Slater tells us what exactly went wrong for the Leo’s on Tuesday night in Toronto. It may have been the loss of Rookie Guard Kirby Fabien early in the contest that took the wind out of BC’s sails and put it solely behind the good ship Argonaut. A positive? Linebacker Adam Bighill was effective in his return to action, flying off the edge for 6 tackles and 2 sacks.

The driving forces behind the BC Lions offense

kabongo lions

NWSB Insider and B.C. Lions’ blogger Phil “The Bartender” Slater returns to writing today with an analysis of the B.C. Lions offensive line this week. He points out its nice how RB Andrew “humble” Harris will always deflect and give kudos to the horses up front, the offensive linemen that have been paving his way. The big men include Ben Archibald, Jovan Olafioye, Kirby Fabien, Patrick Kabongo, and Matthew Norman. They protect Travis Lulay et al.

B.C. Lions and their same old story

Andrew Harris

NWSB Insider and B.C. Lions’ blogger Phil “The Bartender” Slater returns to his writing roots with an analysis of the B.C. Lions’ first four games. Noting that this year’s squad has the same feel of past squads due to the fact that Andrew Harris still commands where B.C. will go NOT Travis Lulay, not much has changed from one year to the next with the Lions. If they want to emerge and excite their fans further, they’ll need to improve their special teams and, in particular, their return game.

Week 1 / CFL Keys: BC Lions open the season on road in cow-town

Coach Mike Benevides

NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Phil The Bartender Slater weighs in with his Week 1 CFL preview for the BC Lions vs. Calgary Stampeders in Calgary, Alberta. What a matchup we have at QB in this one. Center and anchor of the Offensive Line Angus Reid will not dress for the Lions. Starting in his place will be Matt Norman who played in 6 games last season before heading back to school. Travis Lulay hopes to start the season out on a good note.

The 2013 BC Lions: Back To Prominence

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NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Phil “The Bartender” Slater gives us a look at how Travis Lulay and the team can return to prominence. Slater names a couple of goals the QB must aim for, including 5,000 yards, finding multiple targets (while establishing a No. 1 option), and simply put, scoring more touchdowns. This season, much like the previous two, hinges on the dominant right arm of Lulay.

BC Lions Moments In Time: Remembering Norm Fieldgate

Norm Fieldgate

NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Phil “The Bartender” Slater rewinds the clock today in another Moments in time piece about the BC Lions. Phil points out Adam Bighill, Solomon Elimimian and Anton McKenzie lead a group of formidable LB’s for our beloved orange squad but that maybe the best ‘Backer the Leo’s ever had was also the first one they ever had: Norm Fieldgate.

Size does matter…options for the Canucks

Keith Aulie be an option for the Canucks (Gregory Campbell/AP)

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Phil Slater talks about Vancouver’s options for getting bigger, something they need to do to stop being pushed around and intimidated by other teams. “Younger and bigger” was Mike Gillis’ answer on how to produce results. Concerned that the NHL is trending to a more physical, less skilled nature and tired about his team being leaned on too much without much push back. Could we see Jimmy Hayes, Martin Hanzal, or Jamie Oleksiak in Van city?