B.C. Lions preseason game #2: What we learned

The Lions will be looking for their second straight win against the Eskimos on Saturday. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

NWSB Insider and BC Lions’ blogger Bryan McFarlane addresses the pros and cons from the BC Lions’ second preseason game. Virtually every fan simultaneously loves and hates preseason games in every sport. There are pros and cons to exhibition matches, more cons than pros depending on the specific league. The CFL is one of the better, if not the best, leagues when it comes to getting what’s necessary out of these meaningless games and moving quickly into the real season.

The three most important games of the BC Lions 2013 campaign

BC Lions

NWSB Insider and B.C. Lions blogger Bryan McFarlane brings us his 3 must see games for this season. The defending Grey Cup champs, the Toronto Argonauts, will be taking on the Lions in a battle of the last 2 league champions. Then the Riders come to town with new addition and Lions favorite Geroy SImon in tow. Then the Stampeders come to town in what is sure to be a battle for the west. I hope Travis Lulay brings his A games.

B.C. Lions who will surprise and impress in 2013

Khreem Smith (bclions.com)

NWSB Insider and BL Lions’ blogger Bryan McFarlane talks about five players to keep your eye on if you’re paying close attention to the BC Lions this year, they may just surprise you! With the great threat of Andrew Harris in the backfield, he keeps opposing defenses on alert and frees up a bit of space in the secondary for Lulay to pick apart. So even though the orange and white will be without their beloved fan-favorite Simon, don’t expect this season to be a let down in the passing game.

Five things I hate about the Lions’ Geroy Simon trade

Geroy Simon Roughriders

New NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Bryan McFarlane gives us his five biggest reasons why he hates the Geroy Simon trade to the Roughriders. First off, green is clearly not his favorite colour, and Riders green is even worse. Green is the colour of envy, not the colour suitable for Superman. Plus the fact that the Lions got absolutely no value in the trade in return. The leagues best WR of all time gets traded for nothing in return is enough to make anybody’s blood boil.

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.

Three big reasons the Lions didn’t repeat as CFL champs

Travis Lulay

New NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Bryan McFarlane gives us his reasoning behind why the BC Lions in the 2012 Grey Cup would have made for a much greater challenge for the Toronto Argos. He points out Travis Lulay is the leader of the Lions. There is no denying or doubting that. But he spent the end of the season nursing an injury and saw little meaningful game reps heading into the postseason.

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.

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.

B.C. Lions vs. Calgary Stampeders CFL blog: love ‘em & hate ‘em style

Love Em & Hate Em

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.

Lions vs. Stampeders Week 18 offensive and defensive game balls

Tim Brown

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 Mike Reilly who saw his second bit of game action of 2012. On D who else? Adam Bighill. We apologize for not doing a What Went Wrong piece this week. Confusion! lol