Toronto Argonauts vs. B.C. Lions CFL blog: love ‘em & hate ‘em…

Afternoon Delight

The Headline: BC Lions sink The Boatmen in a Mid-Day Match-up

Time of day, strength of opponent, roof open or closed, it seems that the BC Lions can overcome any artificial obstacle when they hit the field these days.  The Lions increased their record to 8 and 3 and further distanced themselves in the CFL West Division.

They now hold the best record in the nation after knocking off the best the CFL East has to offer.

While the Offenses raced up and down the field for over 700 yards of passing, this game featured almost as many defensive highlights, including a bizarre fumble return for a touchdown in which the ball was in possession of 6 different players.

Time to give props and points in this week’s Love ‘Em and Hate ‘Em.

Love ‘Em

Unsung Hero

His stat line from the week-end reads 1 of 1 for 1 TD but it’s not Mike Reilly’s passing stats. No this stat line is 1 rush for 1 yard and the first TD of the season for FB Rolly Lumbala.  I love the fact that he got on the score sheet because no one individual does more of the grunt work than the ferocious full-back.

Nothing solidifies his play or his skills more than a misdirection off-tackle play where he turns the corner and absolutely folds Toronto Corner Back Pacino Horne into the BC Place turf, allowing RB Andrew Harris to scamper to the 2 yard line.

It’s high time #46 gets some Love.

Return of Superman

Just in case you didn’t know, Lions Slot Back Geroy Simon is simply the greatest receiver in CFL history.    Simon exploded back into the Lions passing attack after sitting out last week with a pulled hamstring.

Superman was the prime target for QB Travis Lulay going off for 6 catches and 117 yards.

Now if he can just find the end-zone this season.  Even he hasn’t struck pay dirt this year Simon has proved he can still have the big game while doing all the little things that makes an offense roll.

High 5

Not since the Jackson 5 have we seen a more talented 5 man unit than the Lions O-Line.   Games like this don’t happen very often, one where a QB can have 40 pass attempts without being sacked once, and the rushing attack goes for a century mark.

This is all because the big boys up front can impose their will on whoever lines up across from them.

Kudos to Angus Reid, Dean Valli, Jon Hameister-Ries, Ben Archibald, Jovan Olafioyeand their energetic position coach, Dan Dorazio.

Lions O-Line

Giving Lulay a reason to smile. Kudos to Reid, Valli, Hameister-Ries, Archibald, Olafioye and Dan Dorazio.

Statement Game

With all the recent talk of how to re-insert re-signed Linebacker Solomon Elimimian into the line-up Adam Bighill stepped up and proved that he isn’t about to simply step aside and relinquish his spot.

While not credited with many tackles, Bighill was all over the field including a game clinching fumble recovery late in the match with Toronto driving.

When that ball touched the ground you could tell Bighill would have ran through the entire cast of Survivor to solidify the game and ensure his torch stay lit.

Hate ‘Em


Of all the penalties I hate the most, I truly despise illegal block in the back calls on kick returns.  It is needless, senseless, dangerous, and more often than not it usually nullifies an electric run back.

I particularly hated the one where Leo’s return man, Tim Brown’s TD was called back for such a foul.

The call was legit, it definitely needed to be called but it would have made it me look like a genius for correctly stating that Tim was going reach the house in this game’s Top Shelf Keys preview article.

Oh well.

Let me end with this…

As the Lions continue to roll through their opposition they seem to be finally placing all the pieces together.

As the offense draws strength from their formidable O-Line and any one of Lulay’s weapons is capable of turning in a masterpiece, the Defence always seems to provide enough stopping power to secure victories.

It is now up to Coach Mike Benevides to keep his team focused down the home stretch and into the playoffs.

And for the record, the ball travelled  Angus Reid-Travis Lulay-Andrew Harris- Kevin Huntley-Marco Iannuzzi-Matt Black.

Cheers, The Bartender


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