The BC Lions are back; remember them?
The last time we saw the Orange and Black here at BC Place was back on November 7, when the Calgary Stampeders came to town and took care of business 33-16. The Montreal Alouettes then dismantled the Lions 50-17 in a playoff game and changes were made.
Out went Mike Benevides, in came Jeff Tedford as the Head Coach. Personnel and coaches changed as well, but that is the nature of every season. What changed were our expectations as fans. We saw the Leos as a team that could compete with any in the CFL, and last year changed our opinion. Last year, BC became the team that could be beaten by any team in the CFL, and if this city can tell you one thing, they will tell you this.
We like front runners.
BC now has to re-establish themselves as that team; as the team that needs to be reckoned with. Until they do that, this market is going to find somewhere else to go in the summer until hockey season starts back up. The Lions loss last week showed us glimpses of what could be, but also a reminder of what last year was.
The Leos need to start winning, but winning with a new coach and a new system takes time.
I would tell you all to be patient, but I am in your boat. I’m not big on excuses for losing; because in the end, it’s losing. In an 18 game season, you don’t get a whole lot of do overs, there isn’t a month where you can be lacking and then turn on the switch.
Change needs to start tonight for the BC Lions against Canada’s CFL team, the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Throw out the records and take a page from the Seahawks.
You need to go 1-0…the time is now.