From the Lions' den

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 8:50 AM ET

History tells us ...

Saturday will be the 52nd meeting since 1961 for the teams. Lions hold a 26-24-1 advantage. Lions' head coach Wally Buono also holds the upper hand in matchups with Don Matthews, the league's most successful coach in history. Buono has a 19-13 record against Matthews.

Lions include eight ex-Alouettes on the roster including Jason Gavadza, Sherko Haji-Rasouli, Chris Hoople, Barron Miles, Angus Reid and Mark Washington. Coaches Jacques Chapdelaine and Dave Ritchie are also ex-Als.

Mark it up

Lions' new field goal kicker Mark McLoughlin is one of the greatest to play the game.

He retired before the 2004 season after 295 games and 2,953 points with Calgary, which puts him second on the all-time points list behind Lions' legend Lui Passaglia (with 3,991 in regular season play). McLoughlin was born in Liverpool, England, but raised in Winnipeg. The six-time Western Division all-star won three Grey Cup rings with the Stampeders. He was also, for a short time, the general manager of the Calgary Storm soccer team.

Montreal roots

Perhaps the first recorded football game in history was played Oct. 10, 1868, when English troops played civilians in downtown Montreal. Four years later, the Montreal Foot Ball Club was founded at McGill University. The team played twice against Quebec City in October 1872. McGill met Harvard in May 1874 for two rugby-football games. Harvard won 3-0 using the Boston rules. The teams were scoreless using the Montreal rules. The turning point came in 1880 when the line of scrimmage was invented, separating rugby-football from rugby.


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