CFL

BC Lions’ quarterback Vernon Adams (8), Bryan Burnham (16) and Alexander Hollins (13) comfort eachother after losing to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the CFL western final in Winnipeg, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

THE MOJ: Pretty safe bet the B.C. Lions will be expecting more than 5 1/2 wins next year

Checking their egos at the door made for a surprising and satisfying year in B.C. Place

BC Lions’ quarterback Vernon Adams (8), Bryan Burnham (16) and Alexander Hollins (13) comfort eachother after losing to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the CFL western final in Winnipeg, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Desmond Lawrence (46) knocks down a pass intended for BC Lions’ Dominique Rhymes (19) during the first half of CFL western final action in Winnipeg, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Blue Bombers win CFL West final by beating B.C. Lions 28-20

Winnipeg one victory away from third straight Grey Cup title

Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Desmond Lawrence (46) knocks down a pass intended for BC Lions’ Dominique Rhymes (19) during the first half of CFL western final action in Winnipeg, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
Former Vancouver Canucks linemates Todd Bertuzzi, from left, Brendan Morrison and Markus Naslund, of Sweden, are honoured during a ceremony before the Vancouver Canucks and Buffalo Sabres play an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday December 7, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

THE MOJ: B.C. still has a special place in the heart of Brendan Morrison

Former Canuck centre has stayed busy since his NHL career came to a close in 2012

Former Vancouver Canucks linemates Todd Bertuzzi, from left, Brendan Morrison and Markus Naslund, of Sweden, are honoured during a ceremony before the Vancouver Canucks and Buffalo Sabres play an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday December 7, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7) reacts toward fans after an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz., Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt York)

THE MOJ: These are interesting times to be a B.C. sports fan

Lions, Seahawks riding high as the Canucks roil in despair

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7) reacts toward fans after an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz., Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt York)
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PODCAST: Broadcaster Dan Russell inducted into B.C. Sports Hall of Fame

MOJ on Sports: ‘Sportstalk’ ran for more than 30 years in Vancouver

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B.C. Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke passes during the first half of the CFL western semifinal football game against the Calgary Stampeders in Vancouver on Sunday, November 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Rourke, B.C. Lions down Calgary Stampeders 30-16 in CFL West semifinal

B.C. to face Winnipeg in West Division final on Nov. 13

B.C. Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke passes during the first half of the CFL western semifinal football game against the Calgary Stampeders in Vancouver on Sunday, November 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke looks downfield during second half CFL football action against the Calgary Stampeders in Calgary, Saturday Aug. 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal

QB Rourke ready as Lions prepare to host Stampeders in western semifinal

B.C. will make its first post-season appearance since 2018 on Sunday

B.C. Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke looks downfield during second half CFL football action against the Calgary Stampeders in Calgary, Saturday Aug. 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal
The Grey Cup trophy sits on display before a B.C. Lions news conference where the Canadian Football League team was announced as hosts of 2024 Grey Cup, in Vancouver, on Thursday, November 3, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

THE MOJ: Grey Cup latest step in Doman’s bid to reconnect B.C. with the Lions

Lions owner is a man on a mission with the vision to get things done

The Grey Cup trophy sits on display before a B.C. Lions news conference where the Canadian Football League team was announced as hosts of 2024 Grey Cup, in Vancouver, on Thursday, November 3, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
BC Lions quarterback Vernon Adams, right, throws the ball as Calgary Stampeders defensive lineman Shawn Lemon closes in during second half CFL football action in Calgary, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Calgary Stampeders prep for B.C. Lions, West semifinal

‘This is going to be one of the best matchups of the year’

BC Lions quarterback Vernon Adams, right, throws the ball as Calgary Stampeders defensive lineman Shawn Lemon closes in during second half CFL football action in Calgary, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Winnipeg Blue Bombers celebrate their Grey Cup win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at a Grey Cup celebration at their stadium in Winnipeg on Wednesday, December 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Vancouver, B.C. Lions to host 2024 Grey Cup

Vancouver last hosted the Grey Cup in 2014 when Calgary downed Hamilton

Winnipeg Blue Bombers celebrate their Grey Cup win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at a Grey Cup celebration at their stadium in Winnipeg on Wednesday, December 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
Paul McCallum hoists the Grey Cup as a member of the BC Lions in 2011. (File photo)

PODCAST: B.C. product Paul McCallum boots his way into Canadian Football Hall of Fame

MOJ on Sports: 23 seasons in the CFL, including 11 seasons with the BC Lions

Paul McCallum hoists the Grey Cup as a member of the BC Lions in 2011. (File photo)
B.C. Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke runs for a touchdown during the second half of CFL football game against the Edmonton Elks in Vancouver, on Saturday, August 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke nominated for two CFL individual awards

Victoria native was named the B.C. Lions’ nominee as top Canadian and outstanding player

B.C. Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke runs for a touchdown during the second half of CFL football game against the Edmonton Elks in Vancouver, on Saturday, August 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Lions players celebrate a touchdown against the Edmonton Elks during first half CFL action in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday October 21, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.

B.C. Lions beat Edmonton Elks 31-14, clinch home field for semifinals

Leos will host their first CFL playoff game since 2016

B.C. Lions players celebrate a touchdown against the Edmonton Elks during first half CFL action in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday October 21, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.
A woman walks through an art installation in Montreal, on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
A woman walks through an art installation in Montreal, on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
BC Lions receiver Jevon Cottoy (86) catches the football against Saskatchewan Roughriders during the fourth quarter of CFL football action against BC Lions in Regina on August 19, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Heywood Yu

‘We don’t have good memories’: B.C. Lions eager for long-awaited return to Edmonton

COVID-19 pandemic means its been 2 years since the teams clashed in Commonwealth Stadium

BC Lions receiver Jevon Cottoy (86) catches the football against Saskatchewan Roughriders during the fourth quarter of CFL football action against BC Lions in Regina on August 19, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Heywood Yu
B.C. Lions’ Keon Hatcher (4) fails to make the reception in the end zone as Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Brandon Alexander (37) defends and Desmond Lawrence (46) watches during the first half of CFL football game in Vancouver, on Saturday, October 15, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Lions’ Keon Hatcher (4) fails to make the reception in the end zone as Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Brandon Alexander (37) defends and Desmond Lawrence (46) watches during the first half of CFL football game in Vancouver, on Saturday, October 15, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Lions quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. (8) is hit by Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Willie Jefferson, back left, as he’s tackled by him and Alden Darby Jr. (22) during the first half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, on Saturday, October 15, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Dynamic defence powers B.C. Lions to 40-32 win over Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Pair of pick sixes help Leos creep closer to a home playoff spot

B.C. Lions quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. (8) is hit by Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Willie Jefferson, back left, as he’s tackled by him and Alden Darby Jr. (22) during the first half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, on Saturday, October 15, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Dalton Schoen (83) is tackled by B.C. Lions' Delvin Breaux Sr. (23) after making a reception during the second half of CFL football game in Vancouver, on Saturday, July 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

THE MOJ: Lions path to clinching 2nd place not as tough as you might think

Winnipeg will be relaxed, resting starters and less focused for two remaining tilts

Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Dalton Schoen (83) is tackled by B.C. Lions' Delvin Breaux Sr. (23) after making a reception during the second half of CFL football game in Vancouver, on Saturday, July 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Lions quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. (right) evades Toronto Argonauts’ JaGared Davis during first half CFL football action in Toronto on Saturday October 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
B.C. Lions quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. (right) evades Toronto Argonauts’ JaGared Davis during first half CFL football action in Toronto on Saturday October 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
BC Lions’ Lucky Whitehead (left) catches a pass and gets tackled by Toronto Argonauts’ DaShaun Amos during second half of CFL football action in Vancouver on June 25, 2022. Toronto (8-6) hosts B.C. (10-4) on Friday night at BMO Field. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rich Lam

Toronto Argonauts set to square off at home versus B.C. Lions

B.C. is 5-1 away from B.C. Place this season and 4-1 against East Division rivals

BC Lions’ Lucky Whitehead (left) catches a pass and gets tackled by Toronto Argonauts’ DaShaun Amos during second half of CFL football action in Vancouver on June 25, 2022. Toronto (8-6) hosts B.C. (10-4) on Friday night at BMO Field. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rich Lam