From the Lions' den

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 8:21 AM ET

Moniker madness

Is Vancouver big enough for two Brent Johnsons? We shall see.

B.C. Lions' Brent Johnson returned from the bye week to find the Canucks signed Farmington, Mich.-born goaltender Brent Johnson to a one-year deal. Both Johnsons are six-foot-three and 28-years-old. B.C.'s Johnson is 265 pounds - 60 pounds heavier than the newest Canuck netminder.

"He can't just walk into this town and take that name," football's Johnson said.

Hockey's Johnson was drafted by Colorado in 1995's fifth round. The football Johnson was a Lions' third round pick in 2000.

What a difference a year makes

Halfway through 2004, Lions were 6-3. The team finished 13-5.

With a win against the Renegades today, Wally Buono would equal his 1993 mark of 10-0 when he was head coach of the Calgary Stampeders. The Stamps finished 15-3, but lost the western final to the Edmonton Eskimos.

Royal stick

The Queen's Baton, the Commonwealth Games' non-flammable answer to the Olympic torch, is touring Canada this week and will appear at Frank Clair Stadium today. It's criss-crossing the globe en route to Melbourne, Australia, for the 2006 Games.

Tackle tobacco and sack smoking

Defensive back Mark Washington is the top Lions tackler with 42. Off field, he's an anti-smoking spokesman for the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

"It's a ridiculous and terrible habit," Washington said. "I've had two grandparents die as a result of smoking."


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