B.C. Lions vs. Blue Bombers CFL blog: love ‘em & hate ‘em…

League’s Best dumps League’s Worst

Headline: Lions slide past the Bombers 20-17

It came down to the wire in a game that pitted the CFL’s best and worst teams. While a young QB held his team above water, it was the CFL’s oldest player that came through in the clutch.

Joey Elliott and his ‘Bombers almost played David to the Lions Goliath Defence, they just couldn’t sling a rock large enough to slay their opponent.

And as the evening settled over Winnipeg, Lions K Paul McCallum iced the game for BC.

For the majority of the game the Lions Offence looked anemic, but a pro football team with only two days of prep and a travel day is like the average guy coming into work Monday morning after a 2 day bender, not very productive, but accomplishing enough not to get fired.

Let’s drop a couple Alka-Seltzers, slam a Red-Bull and digest this game with another Love ‘Em and Hate ‘Em

Love ‘Em

Scoring Touch

It was a return to form for RB Andrew Harris.  After a couple of sub-par outings Harris re-emerged as the dominant force in the CFL.  When nothing else seemed to work for the Lions, the ball found its way into Harris’s grasp where he lugged it for 88 yards and 2 touchdowns, powering his way into the end-zone on both of his scores.


Who doesn’t love a good streaking?

Defensively, the Leo’s finally gave up a touchdown after 15 consecutive quarters without allowing opponents to cross the goal-line.

Offensively, Travis Lulay has now gone 19 straight contests with a TD pass and as a team the BC Lions have won four straight.

Apt Pupil

I don’t know exactly what gets told to Jabar Westerman between games but after a solid first start last week he took his game to the next level against Winnipeg.  Being tutored by Eric Taylor and Khalif Mitchell, two of the best DT’s in the league, Big West finished with 2 sacks and 3 tackles his best performance as a professional.

Although he will probably still relinquish his starting spot to Mitchell next game.

BC vs. Winnipeg Love em & Hate em

Lions K Paul McCallum iced the game for BC.

Hate ‘Em


Consecutive INT’s by Travis Lulay in the second half nearly cost the Lions a victory in this game.  While Lulay is the reigning MOP, at times against Winnipeg he seemed very impatient.

He forced those two throws and scrambled more often than he should have.  In my opinion sometimes giving up a sack is the safest play.

Running to set up passing lanes could be detrimental to his health, opening himself up to bigger and unsuspecting hits.

This offense has not hit its peak potential yet and I believe this is from Travis trying to win ball games on every passing opportunity.


Akeem Foster, Arland Bruce III, and newcomer Ernest Jackson all finished with one catch apiece.  While this offense is struggling to gain traction and Shawn Gore is emerging as the top receiver in this corps, it’s best not to forget some of the most explosive weapons available.

Bruce had a tremendous game versus the Roughriders but against Winnipeg he was practically invisible.

And has anyone seen Paris Jackson?

This game had all the factors of an upset in the making, and it almost happened.  Paul McCallum connected from a distance he had been struggling with like it was a chip shot on a Wednesday practice.

A time expiring 41 yarder, in a hostile environment.

In a week where the time to prepare was minimal I have to hand it to the BC coaching staff for pulling out the victory and as the saying goes “talent wins out”.

Cheers, The Bartender


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