Tuesday, 21 June 2011

8 Teams, 8 Days: British Columbia Lions

Last Season: 8-10, 3rd in the West (Lost the West Division Semi-Final 41-38 to Saskatchewan)

The BC Lions are coming off another subpar season, but one that may have been the beginning of something special.

After the Casey Printers experiment was aborted late last season, Travis Lulay emerged as a potential star at Quarterback for the Leos. Lulay looks to have all the tools necessary to take the Lions to a championship, and his skills remind me of a young Dave Dickenson. Lulay could be the breakout star of the 2011 season.

Geroy Simon provides a nice target for the young signal caller. Simon enters his 13th season in the CFL on the verge of breaking Milt Stegall's all-time receiving-yardage mark. Simon has recorded at least 1,000 yards receiving in each of the past eight years, but last season was his lowest output since he failed to crack 1,000 yards in 2002.

There were not a lot of major changes for the Lions, but they did sign last season's Most Outstanding Lineman, Ben Archibald, from Calgary, as well as picking up Defensive Tackle Eric Taylor from the Toronto Argonauts.

The Lions have the ability to compete for the Grey Cup this year after back-to-back campaigns that saw the Lions squeak into the playoffs. If everyone stays healthy, and Lulay plays the way he seems capable of playing, it is entirely possible that the Lions will get the chance to be the first home team to win the Grey Cup since the Lions themselves did it back in 1994.

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