Calgary Stampeders defeated B.C. Lions 41-27 today in Vancouver before
just under 33,000 fans. This was really two games in one, as B.C.
dominated the first half and outscored the Stamps 20-11. During this
time, the Lion defence held Calgary to only 80 net yards in offence, and
were in Jeff Garcia's face on every play.
However, in the second half it was a different story. Calgary made the
right adjustments at half time in order to slow the Lions' rush down and
get their inside receivers open. But the biggest factor was that B.C.'s
offence went stone cold with a series of "two and outs" which allowed the
Stamps to control the ball for almost all of the third quarter. They
quickly overcame the deficit with three field goals, and went on to score
three straight touchdowns which put the Lions away.
Danny McManus once again has to shoulder a great deal of the blame for
this loss. Although he was able to connect for two long touchdowns to
his passes generally were wildly inaccurate. Furthermore, he only chose
to run the ball on a random basis which I believe played right into the
I suspect that most defences in the league figure that if they can stop
Cory Philpot, they can stop the Lions, because Danny Mac is not a good
to be a threat. Not running with Cory simply makes this fact more obvious.
I do not want to keep talking about the attendance at Lions' games, but as
a season ticket holder and loyal fan, I can't help but be disappointed in
Vancouver's response to this team. It was a perfect day for indoor
football (rain and wind), and the afternoon start would allow people to
get home in time to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner. The fact that only 33K
would show up to see the Lions play the arch-rival Stamps makes me wonder
if CFL football can ever succeed in this city again. It just seems that
Vancouver sports fans have turned away from Canadian football, and there
is nothing that can be done to get them back.
OK, I have said my piece, and I promise never to speak about this topic