The 2010 BC Lions Season So Far

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The following has been contributed by Brian Wawryshyn, owner of the BC Lions fan blog BCLionsDen.ca

The bye week is upon the BC Lions and the timing probably couldn’t be better for fans and players alike. The Lions are off to a 1-6 start and struggling to find their winning ways. With a young roster and some injury issues, they’ll be using this week off to try and right the ship.

Despite their record to date, there are some great reasons to get out and see the BC Lions in action – and no bigger one than the experience of Empire Field. Even casual sports fans are having a great time on the site where the Lions played until 1982. The great summer weather has made for a few beautiful nights watching football in the environment it was meant to be played – outdoors.

Empire Field

The Lions and the PNE have allowed for a great game day atmosphere. The pregame tailgate parties fill the parking lot with the aroma of barbequed goodies and allow hardcore Lions fans to mingle prior to the game. The sounds of live bands can be heard from the Lions Street Party, held two hours before each game. The Felions dance team is on hand along with Leo the Lion and activities for kids.

The game atmosphere itself is completely different than what recent generations of Lions fans have experienced at cavernous BC Place stadium. The configuration of the temporary stadium has fans right on top of the action. It hasn’t taken Lions fans long to figure out that metal bleachers make a lot of noise when you stomp your feet and “Orange Thunder” has been filling the air when the opposing teams have the ball on offence.

The club has also done a good job of celebrating the past, bringing out such alumni players as Norm Fieldgate, Al Wilson, Tyrone Crews as well as former coach Vic Rapp among others.

If only the Lions could give the fans more to cheer about. The 1-6 start is the worst ever under the Wally Buono regime and the team has really struggled on offence with problems on the offensive line as well as injuries and inconsistent play at the quarterback position. Fans and media have been quick to point the finger at the coaches, but it’s been all of the above that has contributed to the slow start.

The break will see some new players brought in to try and stop the bleeding (such as 3 time all-star defensive lineman Jonathon Brown, formerly of the Toronto Argonauts) but, for the most part, it will be up to existing team members to turn things around and get the first win at Empire Field and try and get back into the playoff race.

First BC Lions football game at Empire Field
Photo credit: John Bollwitt

If you haven’t been to a game, make sure you check one out. It’s great fun for the whole family, and with the PNE and Playland within a stone’s throw of the stadium, it’s easy to make a day of it.

The next BC Lions game is Friday August 27th at 7:30pm against the first place Calgary Stampeders. The PNE is in full swing on that day, so plan your time and transportation accordingly.

Brian Wawryshyn is the owner of the BC Lions fan blog BCLionsDen.ca and can be followed on Twitter as @BCLionsDen.


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    66 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

    1. JaegenFriday, August 20th, 2010 — 10:18am PST

      Go Lions!

    2. TomFriday, August 20th, 2010 — 10:20am PST

      Winning these tickets will provide me with a full Canadian sport education within a week (hockey excepted, of course). Lacrosse on Saturday (thanks again, Miss604), and football Friday would be an ace week.

      Also I guarantee* a Lions win (*this is not a guarantee)

    3. CameronFriday, August 20th, 2010 — 10:21am PST

      I would so love to see that game. Watching the Lions play at Empire Stadium has been one of my goals for the summer, and with time running out, I still haven’t done it.

    4. RanelleFriday, August 20th, 2010 — 10:21am PST

      I’m a Rider fan but I’ll go to a Lion’s game.

    5. BekkiFriday, August 20th, 2010 — 10:33am PST

      Would love to go to another lions game. Maybe this time they’ll win

    6. SharonFriday, August 20th, 2010 — 11:03am PST

      I’ve got my big foam paw all warmed up! Let’s go Lions!

    7. RebeccaFriday, August 20th, 2010 — 11:36am PST

      I would love to see the Lions play – my husband would love it even more!!

    8. Shawn R.Friday, August 20th, 2010 — 11:48am PST

      Huge CFL fan here. Love to see the game.

    9. T KingFriday, August 20th, 2010 — 12:42pm PST

      Roar!

    10. SanazFriday, August 20th, 2010 — 1:51pm PST

      Never been to a lion’s game so would love to go:)

    11. Sharon D. – CFLNumber1FanFriday, August 20th, 2010 — 1:59pm PST

      Would dearly love to attend the game at Empire! Always too much fun! GO LIONS!!!!

    12. Jason KlattFriday, August 20th, 2010 — 2:09pm PST

      Go Lions! If I can’t go, I’ll be watching from my blackberry using the new CFL application that’s free for TELUS users.

    13. TroyFriday, August 20th, 2010 — 2:47pm PST

      I’m a big Lions fan and I’d like to take my nephew to his first game.

    14. Teresa KFriday, August 20th, 2010 — 3:21pm PST

      Sweet!

    15. Rob NFriday, August 20th, 2010 — 4:33pm PST

      I would love to take one of my boys to this game. Neither has ever b een to Empire field.

    16. Josh EFriday, August 20th, 2010 — 7:57pm PST

      From Australia and would love to see how the game is played here! 🙂

    17. StuartFriday, August 20th, 2010 — 8:05pm PST

      New to the country would lovee to see this team live 🙂

      Thanks
      Stu

    18. PaulCSaturday, August 21st, 2010 — 12:34am PST

      New to Vancouver and don’t want to miss Empire Field! Go Lions!!

    19. Nancy BainSaturday, August 21st, 2010 — 7:59am PST

      I guess it’s time to getting roaring and support my team. I haven’t been to a game in eons and would love to take my boss.
      Who knows, maybe a raise would be a good return for a good game.
      N.Bain

    20. Mama in the CitySaturday, August 21st, 2010 — 11:36am PST

      Sounds like a fun time! I’d love to be there.

    21. nancySaturday, August 21st, 2010 — 1:06pm PST

      first time on your site, it’s great

    22. James KSaturday, August 21st, 2010 — 6:01pm PST

      I am really enjoying games at Empire…..loads of fun….just hope they can win one.

    23. ChristieSaturday, August 21st, 2010 — 7:05pm PST

      I’d love to win!

    24. Bonnie Y.Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 — 12:15am PST

      Went to Empire Field today for the first time. Would be cool to catch the Lions there this season.

    25. peteSunday, August 22nd, 2010 — 1:28am PST

      Love to go see them in Empire field.

    26. ploSunday, August 22nd, 2010 — 1:30am PST

      Hope to see the Lions win.

    27. ariaSunday, August 22nd, 2010 — 1:31am PST

      I’d like to cheer them on.

    28. roseSunday, August 22nd, 2010 — 1:32am PST

      Never been to a football game. Love to go.

    29. aloSunday, August 22nd, 2010 — 1:34am PST

      I’ll bring my orange pom pom to the game.

    30. A HSunday, August 22nd, 2010 — 1:35am PST

      Good luck to the Lions.

    31. yingSunday, August 22nd, 2010 — 1:37am PST

      Go Lions Go.

    32. ayloSunday, August 22nd, 2010 — 1:41am PST

      Love to go. Hope there are too many drunks, though.

    33. DougSunday, August 22nd, 2010 — 12:16pm PST

      Go Lions!

    34. Charles A.Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 — 12:50pm PST

      Go Lions Go! Miss 604 Rocks!

    35. T&TSunday, August 22nd, 2010 — 3:45pm PST

      The Lions and the PNE all in one day… great fun!

    36. DaniellaSunday, August 22nd, 2010 — 5:57pm PST

      GO Lions!!! Awesome contest!

      Thanks!

    37. MikeSunday, August 22nd, 2010 — 5:57pm PST

      Lions rocks!!!! Go team go!

    38. NickMonday, August 23rd, 2010 — 12:21am PST

      The Lions might not be doing as well as previous season but they still are fun to watch, especially at empire field. Go Lions Go!!!

    39. ChrisMonday, August 23rd, 2010 — 8:51am PST

      Can still have fun at the game – even if they come in second place during the game!

    40. CarlaMonday, August 23rd, 2010 — 9:31am PST

      I just moved to Vancouver and would LOVE to see a BC lions game!

    41. ashleeMonday, August 23rd, 2010 — 10:03am PST

      love the lions 🙂

    42. JamieMonday, August 23rd, 2010 — 10:04am PST

      Red- 44! Red- 44! Hut!

    43. NatalieMonday, August 23rd, 2010 — 10:10am PST

      Me and my orange BC Lions hat are ready to go to the game! Plus, visit the PNE for free before the game! That would be a great day!

    44. JanetMonday, August 23rd, 2010 — 12:29pm PST

      My son joined a football team this summer and he has never been to a football game, it would be awesome to take him, what a great summer memory.

    45. Rhett BradshawMonday, August 23rd, 2010 — 1:57pm PST

      I would love to see Empire stadium and watch the Lions go to work! It would be a perfect chance to take my wife to her first football game. ROAR!

    46. GladysMonday, August 23rd, 2010 — 1:57pm PST

      Here’s to hoping the season will turn around. It’s been years since I last attended a Lions game but would love to check one out at Empire Field!

    47. TracyMonday, August 23rd, 2010 — 2:32pm PST

      Love that the Lions are playing outdoors!

    48. CarrieMonday, August 23rd, 2010 — 2:35pm PST

      I would love to see the Lions play at Empire Staduim this season!

    49. StephanieMonday, August 23rd, 2010 — 9:34pm PST

      Go Lions Go!

    50. IvyMonday, August 23rd, 2010 — 9:39pm PST

      Go Lions!

    51. HannahMonday, August 23rd, 2010 — 9:43pm PST

      I just moved here from Calgary, so it would be great to see my Stamps once again. (I hope this doesn’t hurt my chances of winning)

    52. GemBishopMonday, August 23rd, 2010 — 10:13pm PST

      Go Lions Go!!!

    53. MelanieMonday, August 23rd, 2010 — 11:38pm PST

      Go BC Lions! It would be great to see a BC Lions game at Empire Field!

    54. RobTuesday, August 24th, 2010 — 12:00am PST

      I’m going regardless if I win tix or not. They are going to win this game.

    55. GregTuesday, August 24th, 2010 — 12:18am PST

      Go Lions Go!

    56. LBTuesday, August 24th, 2010 — 8:05am PST

      Empire stadium looks like a fantastic place to watch a game. It is too bad the Lions are struggling so much this season.

    57. Tracey FlattesTuesday, August 24th, 2010 — 8:48am PST

      Never been to a Lions game – first time for everything!

    58. TriciaTuesday, August 24th, 2010 — 12:27pm PST

      I’ve never been to a football game either… about time to start 🙂

    59. VictoriaTuesday, August 24th, 2010 — 12:41pm PST

      Go Lions!!

    60. MaryTuesday, August 24th, 2010 — 12:44pm PST

      Love Empire Field and of course the BC LIONS!

    61. lauraTuesday, August 24th, 2010 — 12:45pm PST

      I have yet to experience the Lions play in the Empire! Would love to go cheer them on!! 🙂

    62. MarkTuesday, August 24th, 2010 — 1:03pm PST

      Go Leos Go!

    63. GeoffyTuesday, August 24th, 2010 — 1:33pm PST

      I’d love to get to Empire for a game!

    64. BexTuesday, August 24th, 2010 — 2:28pm PST

      Would be so excited to see the Lions at Empire! Will for sure share the info! 🙂

    65. LindaTuesday, August 24th, 2010 — 3:50pm PST

      Winning these tix would make my hubby’s day. He’s a real Lions “Die Hard”

    66. NatalieWednesday, August 25th, 2010 — 1:19pm PST

      Woo hoo!! I won! Thank you so much to Miss 604 and Brian Wawryshyn! 😀

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