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.

The driving forces behind the BC Lions offense

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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.

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

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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.

Welcome to BC Hunter Steward….Offensive line Liberty

Hunter Steward was BC's first round pick. (Liberty.edu)

BC Lions Selections Heading into Monday’s draft, the BC Lions were looking to fill some large voids on their roster, most notably along the offensive line. And if filling large gaps was the plan, Mission Accomplished. Hunter Steward is a big individual, standing 6’7” and over 290lbs, with room to grow.  Gauged as one of the […]

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

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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

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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.

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

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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

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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!

Week 18 / CFL Keys: BC Lions vs. Calgary Stampeders Preview

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NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Phil The Bartender Slater weighs in with his Week 18 CFL preview for the BC Lions vs. Calgary Stampeders from BC Place in Vancouver. Its’ funny how early season projections and predictions play out in reality. This game, many suspected, Phil included, was to determine top billing in the West back in June. Two young upstarts, Drew Tate and Travis Lulay looked to guide their respected teams into the promised land.

Week 16 / CFL Keys: BC Lions vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats Preview

Lions vs. Ti-Cats Preview

NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Phil The Bartender Slater weighs in with his Week 16 CFL preview for the BC Lions vs. Hamilton Ti-Cats from Hamilton ON Canada. As October weather starts to sour the biggest stat to watch is time of posession. Travis Lulay will have Nick Moore, Courtney Taylor, and Ernest Jackson at his disposal on Friday night, as all three will all start at Ivor Wynne Stadium. The last game here for BC.

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

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NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Phil “The Bartender” Slater brings us his Love Em & Hate Em recap from the Week 12 Toronto Argonauts vs BC Lions match up. Chalk up a win for the Leo’s. 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. The Lions continue to roll and are putting the pieces together.

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