Here's how BC Lions fans reacted to their team's pathetic playoff loss

Nov 11 2018, 8:03 pm

It would have been comical if it wasn’t so sad.

The BC Lions put in a pathetic performance Sunday on the opening day of the CFL playoffs, losing to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 48-8 to end their season.

Many people hoped the Lions could go on a dream run for Wally Buono. Instead, the most successful coach in CFL history will retire after a nightmare performance by his team.

The game was over early, and it was never close.

Big changes should be on the way this winter, and they’ve got options. With Buono retiring, they’ll need a new head coach. Mark Trestman, who has coached in the NFL and had big success in the CFL, was recently fired by the Toronto Argonauts.

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Star quarterback Mike Reilly should be available, and would be a game-changer for BC. A former Lion, he’s familiar with Vancouver. He also knows GM Ed Hervey well given they spent time together with the Edmonton Eskimos. He’s also best friends with Travis Lulay, who is clearly a backup quarterback at this point in his career.

The Lions need to do something, because on Sunday the Lions made an 8-10 football team look like an unstoppable powerhouse.

BC gave up a big play to Ticats receiver Bralon Addison on the opening drive of the game. Hamilton caught a break later in the drive, recovering their own fumble in the end zone for the opening score.

That was good fortune, but the rest of the game had nothing to do with luck.

Lulay let the ball slip out of his hands on BC’s opening possession, and before they knew it, it was 14-0.

The Ticats were up 28-0 at halftime, yet Buono inexplicably chose to stick with Lulay at quarterback.

Lulay completed eight of 17 passes for just 103 yards, with zero touchdowns and one interception, before Jonathon Jennings replaced him. Jennings fared better, but it far too little, and far too late.

Despite Solomon Elimimian’s return to the lineup, the Ticats picked BC’s defence apart all game.

Even kicker Ty Long had a day to forget. The Lions’ Most Outstanding Player this season, he missed his only field goal attempt, from 41 yards, and had to exit the game with an injury.

Needless to say, it was a difficult game for Lions fans to watch:

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