From the Lions' den

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 8:19 AM ET

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B.C. Lions have played in 14 western finals and advanced to the Grey Cup eight times.

This will be the fifth western final meeting with the Eskimos. Ex-Eskimo quarterback Matt Dunigan led B.C. to its only championship win over Edmonton in 1988's western final at Commonwealth Stadium.

Sunday festivities

Festivities begin at 1 p.m. outside B.C. Place Stadium with the Save-on-Foods Street Party/BBQ at Beatty and Robson streets. Eat, drink, be merry and get your face-painted. Listen to cover band Beluga. Arrive early for the 3 p.m. kickoff. Orange attire is recommended.

Tickets are still available at Ticketmaster and 7-Eleven stores.

Save-on-Foods Grey Cup Festival Marching Band performs at halftime with Joe Richards of Vancouver band Joe's Garage.

Dunc and Sean

While at UBC, Lions' kicker Duncan O'Mahony was introduced to Sean Fleming by Thunderbirds' head coach Jay Prepchuk. Fleming, a 1988 product of Prepchuk's Vancouver College Fighting Irish, became O'Mahony's mentor.

Mentor and protege have had similar slumps this season, but they haven't compared notes.

"We've got our own lives to live, he's busy with his work outside of football," O'Mahony said. "It's kinda like that old saying, real friends, you don't need to keep in touch with every day."

O'Mahony has a closer relationship with Mark McLoughlin, who came out of retirement to replace him as field goal kicker in mid-October. O'Mahony was McLoughlin's heir apparent with the Calgary Stampeders until he was signed as a free agent by the Lions.


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