The 2013 pre-season starts for the BC Lions

Travis Lulay BC Lions QB

NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Phil “The Bartender” Slater tells us that the Leo’s preseason is in full effect. Coach Benevides has the offense working extra hard this spring, with Travis Lulay and the WR corps getting extra reps with the new offense. Gone is Geroy Simon, but who needs him anyways (trader). But the Bartender wants to know who will step up? Who will be the next go to guy for the Lions?

How the BC Lions will look to Roar in the Free Agent market

Mark Dewit Stampeders

NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Phil “The Bartender” Slater brings us his wish list for Wally Buono in this years free agency signing period. As Phil recalls, defense was excellent this past year, but what needs a big dose of retooling this year is the offense. With a mix of trades, releases, and poor play, the Lions are in need of a new look offense, starting with the line. Phil has his eyes on a couple non-import veterans from the Riders, and Stamps. There are a few WR’s available that Phil likes as well, and he would like to see Buono go out and get another QB either via trade, or free agency.

Five Positions that the BC Lions need to address

Question marks surround the future of Geroy Simon

NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger points out the Leo’s had a tremendously successful regular season and points out most would think they don’t need to re-tool or re-load. Now that Arland Bruce is gone, and GeRoy Simon has some questions to answer we know Nick Moore, Courtenay Taylor and Ernest Jackson will be the future. Also Angus Reid will eventually retire. Maybe not in 2013 but sometime soon, and the Lions have failed to address his replacement…

CFL: Report card time: BC Lions offence

Andrew Harris BC Lions

NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Phil Slater is here to give us his rendition of the BC Lions offensive unit report cards. The QB’s of the Lions were definitely the high point for this roster in 2012, leading the team to a game within reaching the Grey Cup in consecutive seasons. The RB position also scored an A in Phil’s eyes. Clearly the best offensive weapon for BC is Andrew Harris.

CFL: BC Lions 2012 Wrap-up

Coach Mike Benevides

NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Phil Slater is here to give us his rendition of the BC Lions coaching staff report cards. Phil was quite generous actually, giving out a few A’s to the Leo’s coach’s. The biggest and brightest A of them all though goes to head coach Mike Benevides for the job he did with the Lions all season long. If not for two games against Calgary, the Lions could’ve been the team hoisting the Cup in 2012.

Flashback: Lions overrun by Calgary in CFL Western Conference final

Stampeders vs. Lions

NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger points out what happened last Sunday in the Calgary Stampeders vs. BC Lions Western Final. He says the Stamps played arguably their finest 60 minutes of defensive football this year in 34-29 win Sunday at BC Place Stadium to earn a trip to Toronto for Sunday’s Grey Cup.

Five Reasons the B.C. Lions will win the 100th Grey Cup

Travis Lulay

New NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Bryan McFarlane gives us his fearless prediction as to why the BC Lions will win the 2012 Grey Cup. The Leos have the league’s sack leader Keron Williams, and standout Adam Bighill, who finished second in the CFL in tackles and fourth in sacks. But it is far from a two-man show on B.C.’s stingy defense. Another reason. The West Final. The B.C. Lions lost just one game in the comfort of their own home this season.

2012 Western Conference Final / CFL Keys: Calgary Stampeders vs. BC Lions Preview

Andrew Harris

NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Phil The Bartender Slater weighs in with his Western Conference Final preview for the Calgary Stampeders vs. BC Lions from BC Place in Vancouver. The BC Offense had some scoring struggles coming down the home-stretch but with a week off and wounds healed, Geroy Simon, Arland Bruce III, and Marco Iannuzzi will all dress for this weekend’s tilt. Andrew Harris and Travis Lulay will pace the team.

Attitude adjustment in Vancouver as Lions showed their teeth vs. Riders

Roughriders vs. Lions Recap

NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Phil The Bartender Slater weighs in with his Week 19 CFL recap for the Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. BC Lions from BC Place in Vancouver. Phil says the one element lacking with the Lions all season has been the killer instinct required by the offense to score touchdowns. It was still a good game. We saw the reigning MOP, QB Travis Lulay return to the field, and Adam Bighill was great…again.

Riders vs. Lions Week 19 offensive and defensive game balls

Andrew Harris vs. Roughriders

New NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Bryan McFarlane after each week of the regular season and possibly during the CFL playoffs should the Leo’s be so lucky will stop by and bring you his B.C. Lions game balls. Balls are awarded to the Leo’s offensive MVP this week is tough. If any one player stood out, it was the ever-so consistent RB Andrew Harris. On defense all the usual suspects came out to shine. And who else shone brightest… LB Adam Bighill.

Week 19 / CFL Keys: Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. BC Lions Preview

Roughriders vs. Lions Betting Odds

NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Phil The Bartender Slater weighs in with his Week 19 CFL preview for the Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. BC Lions from BC Place in Vancouver. Defensively the Roughriders will see a healthy dose of LB’s Solomon Elimimian and Lin-J Shell. Last week saw the return of Khalif Mitchell to the Lions Defensive line, this week his tag team partner Eric Taylor will return to action.

Five reasons to get to the Riders vs. Leo’s game Saturday

Roughriders vs. BC Lions

NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Phil The Bartender Slater weighs in with his Five reasons to get to the Riders vs. Leo’s game Saturday. He isn’t the biggest O-Lineman in the league but local hero and fan favourite Center Angus Reid just may be the best, and Saturday night will mark his 200th career game. The stadium will resemble an animated pumpkin patch, what more do you need Vancouver? Be there!