24 seconds with Mark McLoughlin

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 9:15 AM ET

Lions' Liverpool-born field goal kicker Mark McLoughlin turned 40 Oct. 26 and commutes from Alberta where he's vice-president of Olds College. After 16 seasons with Calgary -- plus a full year in retirement -- he's on a quest for his fourth Grey Cup ring.

24 hours: Last week you got to kick again at Commonwealth Stadium. Do you enjoy natural grass over synthetic turf?

#13, Mark McLoughlin: "As long as you have consistent footwear, it's no different from other stadiums."

24: You've 'unretired' to join the Lions. How is the transition?

#13: "We need to continue to work on our timing and our rhythm. The more we can continue to do that here for the rest of the year the better we will continually get. So far I can't complain, the leg feels good, the rhythm with our unit is good. I prefer to play in the games, not practice."

24: How's commuting?

#13: "It's working real well. I've got great staff there and after games I'll go home for a few days, take care of business and come back. While I'm here I can handle some business stuff here."

24: While playing with the Stampeders you were a part-time soccer executive. Why hasn't pro soccer taken off in Calgary?

#13: "It's been difficult, not so much to stimulate interest, but to attract the right level of investor who will give it a five-to-eight-year time frame before they will expect to realize any large returns."

24: What should an owner do?

#13: "Invest in the sport, allow it to grow, allow the fan base, corporate support to grow and work with the city to get the right kind of facility.


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