Are you not entertained?
It was the wildest BC Lions home game in recent memory, thanks to a couple of incredible trick plays by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
One was brilliant, the other… not so much.
An interception by BC’s Ronnie Yell set the stage for Ty Long to kick the go-ahead field goal in the final minute to give the Lions a 45-42 win for their fourth-straight win of the season.
Here’s what you need to know.
Trick play, part 1
With the Lions holding a 27-14 lead in the second quarter, the Bombers pulled out a play nobody saw coming.
Cue the rugby-style trick play:
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) July 22, 2017
That sneaky onside kick led to a Bombers TD, and they suddenly had life going into the half.
They came out storming in the third, putting up three touchdowns on their next three possessions. Suddenly, the Lions found themselves down 42-27 with one quarter to play.
Trick play, part 2
Having already turned the game upside down once, the Bombers seemed determined to do it again.
Up by eight with less than nine minutes to play, Bombers kicker Justin Medlock faked a punt at his own 26-yard line, attempting a pass to receiver Derek Jones.
It was knocked down by BC’s Dakota Brush, and a turnover on downs gave the Lions the ball in great field position.
Mike O’Shea said he gave Justin Medlock the “green light” on the fake punt. “It didn’t work.” #Bombers
— Scott Billeck (@ScottBilleck) July 22, 2017
It was a truly baffling move, and one that likely cost the Bombers the game.
The Lions went on to score another touchdown, followed up by a two-point convert, before eventually getting the game-winning field goal.
Roar You Lions Roar, no more
One thing that stood out – especially with the amount of Lions touchdowns – was the absence of Roar You Lions Roar, the team’s traditional fight song, being played after every major score.
#BCLions have answered my prayers and changed their touchdown song. Roar you Lions Roar replaced by Blur – Song 2
— Rob Williams (@RobTheHockeyGuy) July 22, 2017
It was a welcomed change for some, most notably Daily Hive’s sports editor Rob Williams, who has been asking for this for years.
Almost five years, to be exact.
Am I the only one that's not a fan of playing "Roar you Lions roar" after every touchdown?
— Rob Williams (@RobTheHockeyGuy) October 7, 2012
Don’t look now, but Travis Lulay had another great game for the Lions.
— Jon Perlberg (@jonperlberg) July 22, 2017
It was another game where Lulay threw for over 400 yards, and another where the Lions scored 40+ points.
The Lions now have 86 points in just two games with Lulay this season, while only 78 points in three games under Jonathan Jennings.
It goes beyond the numbers, the Lions offence just looks more in sync with Lulay throwing right now than they did with Jennings. Even if JJ is healthy and ready to go next week, how can you take Lulay out?
I think we got a qb controversy on our hands 😮
— Shane (@SocialAssassin2) July 22, 2017
It’ll be interesting to see who gets the call next Friday when the Lions are in Edmonton, taking on the same Eskimos team that beat them on opening night.
— BC Lions (@BCLions) July 22, 2017