From the Lions' den

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 7:35 AM ET

History tells us ...

Since 1961, Winnipeg Blue Bombers have played B.C. Lions 142 times and are 77-63-2 in regular season play.

Bombers are celebrating their 75th anniversary this season. They were formed June 10, 1930 as the Winnipegs after the amalgamation of the Manitoba Rugby Union. Five years later they became the first team west of Ontario to win the Grey Cup.

Winnipeg Tribune reporter Vince Leah, who compared them to the "Brown Bomber," boxer Joe Louis, dubbed them Blue Bombers.

Dink and Stub

There's only one Canada in the Canadian Football League and he's not Canadian. Defensive end Tom Canada hails from Iowa City, Iowa and was the team's top rookie in 2004. Canada played two seasons for the University of California-Berkeley Golden Bears. While there, he won the Dink Artal Award for spirit and Stub Allison award for inspirational play.

Burns: superhero?

Newly signed Lions offensive lineman Chris Burns bears an uncanny resemblance to Buzz Lightyear of Toy Story.

When he played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, assistant coach Dennis McPhee noticed and gave him the Disney doll. Burns hung it in his locker as a good luck charm. It worked when he was on the winning team in the 1999 Grey Cup at B.C. Place Stadium.

Tale of two Daves

Lions' defensive coordinator Dave Ritchie returns to Winnipeg, where he was fired after the team started 2-5 in 2004. He was replaced with Jim Daley, who assisted Wally Buono on the 2001 Grey Cup winning Stamps. Daley coached the Bombers to a 5-6 finish.


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