B.C. Lions vs. Argonauts CFL handicapping preview week 5

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NWSB Gambling insider and BC Lions blogger Dave B weighs in on the CFL matchup in Week 5 between the B.C. Lions and Toronto Argonauts on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. Check out the preview, Live betting odds and lines, and Canadian football gambling trends. The Lions go for 4 wins in a row, taking on a banged up Argos squad who’s defense has been giving up loads of yards per game. Sounds like a winning formula for the Leos.

Why Isi Sofele was nearly claimed by the Tiger Cats

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NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Andrew Deutschmann weighs in today with a post about the fortunate news for Isi Sofele, he is wanted after all. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats put in a waiver claim for Sofele, but according to the rules of the CFL, the team who owns the contract has a chance to keep a practice squad player claimed by another team by instantly putting him on the active roster. So after all was said and done, Sofele ended up on the 46 man roster.

B.C. Lions and their same old story

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NWSB Insider and B.C. Lions’ blogger Phil “The Bartender” Slater returns to his writing roots with an analysis of the B.C. Lions’ first four games. Noting that this year’s squad has the same feel of past squads due to the fact that Andrew Harris still commands where B.C. will go NOT Travis Lulay, not much has changed from one year to the next with the Lions. If they want to emerge and excite their fans further, they’ll need to improve their special teams and, in particular, their return game.

BC Lions should have Waterfront dreams

This would be a sweet place to catch a BC Lions game.

NWSB Insider and BC Lions’ blogger Ben Lypka tells you why the BC Lions need to move from BC Place to the waterfront stadium where the Vancouver Whitecaps play. I know we’re only three games into the 2013 season but the Lions are averaging a pretty mediocre 26,623 – good for fifth in the CFL. They’re really only outdrawing Toronto because the only other teams below them (Hamilton and Montreal) don’t even have enough seats to draw 26,000.

Special teams hurting the BC Lions

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NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Andrew Deutschmann weighs in today with the question of whether or not the special teams unit is hurting the Lions. Sure, the Lions are off to a 2-1 start, but as Andrew points out, they could just as easily be 0-3 at this point. The offense and defense have been great, but it’s the special teams that have really lacked this year. Whether it is not giving the O good field position, or some bad snaps and holds, or to flat out missing extra points, the play just has not been good enough. Plain and simple.

Won’t back down – Failure and success under Mike Benevides

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NWSB Insider & BC Lions blogger Travis Erbacher weighs in today with a piece about the resiliency of the Lions head coach Mike Benevides. Travis touts the coach for his ability to bounce back after a tough defeat and lead his boys to victory. All Benevides needs now is a couple Grey Cup championships under his belt to silence the CFL critics around the country.

Damon Allen gets the call for the BC Lions wall of fame

Damon Allen will be inducted into the Wall of Fame for the Lions. But does he deserve it more than Casey Printers?

NWSB Insider and B.C. Lions Blogger Ben Lypka recaps Damon Allen’s (Yes Marcus Allen’s brother for our American friends reading this today) honour onto the Wall of Fame, but questions whether or not he deserves it more than another polarizing presence, Casey Printers. Allen only produced one Grey Cup in the seven years he was with the Lions. Printers put together one of the best single seasons by a Lions quarterback in club history in 2004.

Eskimos vs. B.C. Lions CFL handicapping preview week 4

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

NWSB Gambling insider and BC Lions blogger Dave B weighs in on the CFL matchup in Week 4 between the B.C. Lions and Edmonton Eskimos on Saturday, July 20, 2013. Check out the preview, Live betting odds and lines, and Canadian football gambling trends. Already downing the Eskimos just a week before, the Lions will look for the series sweep on Saturday when they play host to Edmonton for their part of the home-and-home series.

B.C. Lions vs. Eskimos CFL handicapping preview week 3

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NWSB Gambling insider and BC Lions blogger Dave B weighs in on the CFL matchup in Week 3 between the B.C. Lions and Edmonton Eskimos on Saturday, July 13, 2013. Check out the preview, Live betting odds and lines, and Canadian football gambling trends. Coming off a triumph over former champion Toronto, the Lions should make easy work of the Eskimos, who currently find themselves in a nice mess. Travis Lulay, the pressure is on!

Week 1 Flashback: Lions vs. Stamps what went wrong?

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NWSB Insider and BC Lions’ blogger Bryan McFarlane addresses the pros and cons from the BC Lions’ 1st regular season game against the Calgary Stampeders. Jon Cornish ran at, through, around and over the Lions en route to 172 yards on the day for the Stamps. One thing is for sure, the defense needs to tighten up if the Lions want to get on the winning side of a football game. Sure the Stampeders are the reigning Western Division champs, but…

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.

The 2013 BC Lions: Back To Prominence

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NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Phil “The Bartender” Slater gives us a look at how Travis Lulay and the team can return to prominence. Slater names a couple of goals the QB must aim for, including 5,000 yards, finding multiple targets (while establishing a No. 1 option), and simply put, scoring more touchdowns. This season, much like the previous two, hinges on the dominant right arm of Lulay.

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