Optimism in short supply with B.C. Lions 2013 edition 0
Saskatchewan Roughriders slotback Weston Dressler (L) scores a touchdown while getting tackled by BC Lions safety J.R. LaRose during the first half of their CFL football game in Regina, Saskatchewan October 19, 2013. (PHOTO REUTERS/David Stobbe)
I was recently asked by a regular reader of this column where my optimism for this year’s version of the B.C. Lions went?
Flat out I told him you can only race Usain Bolt so many times before you figure out you're always going to be one step behind.
However, I did promise I'd get in a positive comment, something for the die-hard in him to hang on to as his team enters the final few weeks with absolutely no momentum.
A quick look at the Lions’ regular season schedule and it appears they have managed to defeat every team in the CFL at least once — just not the top ones when it counted most.
There's a reason this team continues to plummet down the CFL power rankings where they currently languish in sixth. And now there's not enough time for the Lions to get on that much-desired momentum roll that all longer-shot teams need entering the playoffs.
The only for-sure answer we know is the Leos will go on the road to face either the Calgary Stampeders or the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Western semifinal.
The Lions hosted last year’s Western Final with a deeper team, a more experienced quarterback, and it still wasn't good enough.
Optimism should come with a reason and right now I have seen no reason to believe that this 2013 version of the B.C. Lions puts a scare into any team as they ready themselves for another potentially short post-season run.