Details and Discussions of Each Season of BC Lions Football

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Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:49 am

The 2010 edition of the BC Lions entered the new year looking to restore their pride following a disappointing 2009 campaign which saw
the club finish the season with a fourth-place 8-10 record followed by crossover playoff visits to Hamilton and Montreal that would
ultimately result in a loss to the eventual Grey Cup champions in the harsh confines of Olympic Stadium. The new year also kicked off the
beginning of a new chapter in Lions history, as the Black and Orange returned to their roots for a one-year stay at a temporary facility
located on the grounds of the former Empire Stadium – home of the Leos for the first 29 of their 57 CFL seasons – as BC Place underwent
significant renovations including the construction of a new retractable roof. Putting to rest rumours that had been circulating for a number
of months, the Lions appointed Dennis Skulsky as the organization’s 29th president in team history, effective May 1, 2010. Following a
Week 14 in Winnipeg, Lions general manager and head coach Wally Buono released quarterback Casey Printers, ending a 14-game
odyssey that had kept the team and its fans guessing what might happen next. After dispatching Printers, the Lions had committed to their
fortunes to Travis Lulay for the remainder of the season. If all of the Lions’ fortunes during the 2010 season could have been put on
display in a single game, then the Western Semi-Final was that game. Finding themselves inside their own 30 yard-line with 1:39 to go,
Lulay led the Lions on one of the club’s most historic drives with receiver Emmanuel Arceneaux coming down with a 29-yard pass on the
final play in regulation time to draw the Lions to within one. With a crowd of close to 30,000 screaming fans watching in stunned silence
and almost two million viewers watching on TV, kicker Paul McCallum popped the convert through to send the 2010 Western Semi-Final
into overtime although the Lions were ultimately defeated 41-38 by a determined ‘Riders squad. Six Leos were named West Division All-
Stars, including two rookies (Jovan Olafioye and Yonus Davis). McCallum was the CFL’s most accurate place kicker and finished with an
amazing success rate of 88.5%. He was nominated as the Lions’ Outstanding Player and Outstanding Canadian to go along with a CFL All-
Star nomination while Ryan Phillips also picked up league-wide recognition. Solomon Elimimian, the Lions nominee for Outstanding
Rookie, took home the CFL award three weeks after the team’s loss in Regina. It would mark the fourth time in five years that a Lions had
won the category. Yonus Davis was the West Division nominee for Outstanding Special Teams Player despite not playing a game in the
first four weeks of the season, but lost out to Toronto’s Chad Owens. Other team nominees that did not move on in divisional voting
included Jovan Olafioye as Outstanding Lineman and Korey Banks as Outstanding Defensive Player.

CAL 13 5 0 626 459 26
SAS 10 8 0 497 488 20
BC 8 10 0 466 466 16
EDM 7 11 0 382 545 14

Nov 14/10 BC 38 at 41 SAS

Nov 21/10 SAS 20 at 16 CAL

Nov 28/10 MTL 21 vs 18 SAS






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