The 2013 pre-season starts for the BC Lions

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?

BC Lions GM and coaching staff on the prowl for depth players

NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Phil “The Bartender” Slater tells us with all the off season activity in the CFL the most impactful transaction probably happened right here in BC with trade with Edmonton, where the BC Lions lost their valuable backup QB Mike Reilly. Buono and Coach Mike Benevides have been left searching for a high-quality number two option behind CFL All Star Travis Lulay.

The countdown to CFL Kickoff is on for the BC Lions

NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Phil “The Bartender” Slater brings us not only the must see games on the docket for the Lions in the 2013 football season, but also the most notable dates that any fan won’t want to miss. Besides the normal big dates like opening day, playoffs, and the 101st Grey Cup, Phil points out what might be the most watched game of the year for fans when the Riders come to town bringing Leo’s legend Geroy Simon.

Free agent frenzy kicks off for the BC Lions in the CFL

NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Phil “The Bartender” Slater brings us an update after the first day of the CFL Free Agency Period. With 20 moves on the first day, the BC Lions did their part to try and stay as active as they could be. Bringing in DE Julius Williams from Edmonton, and losing LB James Yurichuk to Toronto. GM Wally Buono was busy re-signing two players who were not in the free agent class, Paris Jackson, and Korey Banks. With plenty of time still remaing, Phil thinks that there will still be more singings in Leos camp soon.

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

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.

BC Lions Roster Update: Moving Day in the den

NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Phil “The Bartender” Slater updates us today on the Leo’s roster after the Mike Reilly trade today made by Wally Buono. The mastermind GM behind the Lions franchise. Phil says the Leo’s must lock up Shawn Gore. He is the next real deal. A Mr. Everything for the Lions Offense as he is the possession receiver, a threat at every range and can be lined up inside or flexed out wide.

Superman has left the building…BC thanks you for the memories Geroy Simon!

NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Phil “The Bartender” Slater reacts today to possibly the biggest CFL trade in the history of the league. Geroy Simon is OUT of Vancouver. Traded to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Phil wishes to express his gratitude and appreciation to Mr. Simon. Time will tell how this trade will play out in the end but for the circumstances involved Phil believes GM Wally Buono played this masterfully.

Twitter post lands a suspension for Lions DT Khalif Mitchell

NWSB insider and BC Lions blogger Phil “The Bartender” Slater weighs in tonight with some CFL gossip. Khalif Mitchell of the Leo’s is in hot water again. His latest venture into American politics, via twitter, landed the gregarious lineman in some hot water after using a racial slur in one of his latest tweets. Mitchell used the term “chink” in commenting on Tuesday night’s U.S. presidential debate.

The B.C. Lions welcome back the return of the Mack

NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Phil The Bartender Slater tells us this week that former Leo’s MLB and NFL cast-off and 2010 CFL Rookie of the Year, Solomon Elimimian is coming back to BC this week. Elimimian will now complete the option year of his CFL contract with B.C., which has until early next week to decide on Elimimian’s playing status.

B.C. Lions 2012 mid season CFL grades

NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Steve Lee brings us his 2012 CFL BC Lions mid-season grades. On offense the Leo’s go as Travis Lulay goes and he has continued to prove that last years stats were no fluke. On defense led by the duo of Adam Bighill and Anton McKenzie and the tag team of Keron Williams and Khreem Smith who have tallied 11 QB sacks, the Lions have found multiple ways to halt their opponent.

The Bartender weighs in on the CFL suspension for Khalif Mitchell

NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Phil “The Bartender” Slater brings us his analysis of Khalif Mitchell’s dirty play on the Edmonton Eskimos Simeon Rottier. Phil pours us up a big glass of “get over yourself Mitchell.” The punishment fits the crime, now shut it and take your suspension like a man, no whining “It’s a football play!” Appeal or not, Phil Slater believes that Mitchell should just take the suspension now instead of postponing the inevitable.

BC Lions coaching transition from “GM Brillo” to “Magic Mike”

NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Phil “The Bartender” Slater brings us a mid-week article on the Canadian football league’s newest head coach Mike Benevides of the Lions. 5:01 may be the mantra, but Coach Mike Benevides doesn’t need to keep referencing a clock to show the rest of the CFL that this is no longer Wally Buono’s team.

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