The first 5,000 fans through the gates on Sunday afternoon will receive an orange cowbell and lanyard courtesy of Concord Pacific.
Vancouver’s only playoff-bound team hits the field on Sunday afternoon at BC Place in the CFL Western Semi-Final versus the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at 1:30 pm.
It’s been a long climb back into contention for the Leos under GM and head coach Wally Buono as he guides the club to its first home playoff game since 2012. The Lions now hope to take the first step on a championship run in Sunday’s showdown.
A win won’t come easy against the upstart ‘Bombers who feature former Lion Andrew Harris at running back and a resurgent group who enjoyed notable 2016 campaign of their own. The Blue and Gold travel west with plenty of confidence having already defeated the Lions twice this season.
Led by sophomore sensation Jonathon Jennings at quarterback and West Division All-Star receivers Emmanuel Arceneaux and Bryan Burnham, the Lions offence has plenty of weaponry on the ground and through the air. The perfect playing conditions inside BC Place will definitely help a Lions offence that can score from pretty much anywhere on the field.
Defence wins championships or so the saying goes and the Lions will field a tough and gritty one on Sunday afternoon led by the CFL’s top linebacker duo of Solomon Elimimian and Adam Bighill. Perennial all stars and veteran leaders, the play of Team100 will be key to a Lions team wanting to advance to the Western Final in Calgary.
Showing he still has some gas in the tank if not plenty of distance in his leg, kicker Paul McCallum was perfect on all four field goal attempts in the regular season finale Saturday after coming out of retirement earlier in the week. The longtime CFL’er has not missed a single postseason field goal in 36 attempts as a Lion and the combination of McCallum along two-time division all-star punter Richie Leone not to mention speedy returner Chris Rainey makes the Lions’ special teams unit special indeed.
It’s the Lions and Bombers in a western showdown where the loser goes home and the winner is a game away from the 104th Grey Cup in Toronto.