As Buck Pierce came into Friday’s game for his kind-of-new, kind-of-old team, those who had been championing his cause over the past few weeks were about to embark on a smug, rewarding night. You’ve seen it by now, how Pierce was at his retrofit do-a-bit-of-everything best against the Eskimos, turning a 12-1 deficit into a runaway 43-19 B.C. Lions win. You saw him throw a clean 11-of-14 passes for 141 yards through the better part of three quarters for three touchdowns. You saw him picking his spots and running when he needed to (three carries for 18 yards and one TD) and you saw him bolster his team’s running game with key blocks. Sure, the win came against the most generous team in the CFL, but if you’re the Lions you know what you saw and you know what kind of position you’re in as you try to stretch your season three more games beyond this week’s regular season finale. The Lions are OK at quarterback for the playoffs. Yeah, Travis Lulay is back in practice and will back up Pierce this week against Calgary, but if he can’t start in the West semi-final next week, or if he gets in and is re-injured, the Lions have a solid backup QB and that’s something that more and more we weren’t seeing in Thomas DeMarco. Not yet. A late-season playoff push is not the time to try to develop a young quarterback
TORONTO – Scott Milanovich didn’t have to look long or far for his new defensive co-ordinator.
The Edmonton Eskimos are well out of the playoff picture but that doesn’t mean their depth chart doesn’t have a lot of intrigue tucked into it this week. The team has added slotback Fred Stamps and linebacker J.C. Sherritt to their nine-game injured list, shutting the two star players down for Friday night’s game against the B.C.
The hamlet of South Pittsburg, Tenn., is known for three things: the National Cornbread Festival; cast iron products; and Chris Jones, the newly installed Eskimos head coach. South Pittsburg (pop. 3,000, give or take a halfback or two), down there on the Alabama-Tennessee line, was named as homage to the industrial heritage of Pittsburgh, Pa.