3rd and long….BCLions 2013 recap

Andrew Harris has entered "Superstar" status. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

NWSB Insider and BC Lions Blogger Steve Lee gives us three major points to consider while recapping the 2013 CFL season. The emergence of Andrew Harris launched him into “superstar” status. Solomon Elimimian, Adam Bighill, Keron Williams and Anton McKenzie provided leadership for Rich Stubler’s defensive strategies. But among the good come the questions that must be answered this offseason.

BC stakes its claim to a playoff spot

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NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Phil The Bartender Slater weighs in with his Week 12 CFL review for the BC Lions vs. Winnipeg Blue-Bombers in Winterpeg. Phil says the Lions did what they had to do, go into enemy territory and lay a beat down on a weaker opponent. With the “W” BC secured a spot in the post season party standing all alone in second place.

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.

BC Lions blame game – offense edition

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NWSB Insider and BC Lions Blogger Travis Erbacher takes a look at an offence that left him at a loss for words following the matchup against Montreal. It’s odd to say that an offense was terrible when they managed to put up 38 points, but so is the case. Jacques Chapdelaine has to take the blame, as he’s gotten to cute with Travis Lulay, Shawn Gore and Marco Iannuzzi.

Arland Bruce making much ado about nothing

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NWSB Insider and BC Lions Blogger Ben Lypka recaps the drama between the team, Arland Bruce and Wally Buono. Bruce is upset that he didn’t get a call from Buono, Mike Benevides or anyone involved with the BC Lions. But that’s the nature of the CFL. The Lions face Bruce and the Montreal Alouettes tonight. And, of course, everyone loves balloons.

With 6 games down and 12 to go, here’s how B.C. stacks up

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NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Bryan McFarlane weighs in today with a post giving the Leo’s some grades for the first third of their 2013 season. He points out the key to the home stretch of this year for B.C. will be winning the season series versus Calgary, and then of course finishing business the way they couldn’t last November. Andrew Harris has been the offense’s rock and much needed spark thus far in the year. On D there is a lack of pressure generated up front.

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.

Pleased to welcome the BC Lions next generation

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NWSB Insider and BC Lions blogger Steve Lee points out today that following nine years of the Wally Buono era and 12 years of GeRoy Simon commanding the spotlight, the new look Leo’s have now started to pen the next chapter in team history, one that appears to be very bright and primed for success. Behind Adam Bighill, Emmanuel Arceneaux, Keron Williams, Mark Ianniuzzi, Shawn Gore, Dante Marsh, Cord Parks and Travis Lulay lead the way.

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.

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

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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.

The 2013 pre-season starts for the BC Lions

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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

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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.

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