Wally's home-cooking woes continue

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:11 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- If Wally Buono is ever offered another job as head coach of a team playing host to the Grey Cup game, he'll decline.

Three times the second-winningest coach in CFL history has managed to get his team to finish first and play host to the Western final in the year that team was playing host to the Grey Cup.

Three times he's lost.

Why?

"I can't answer that," said Buono when it was over. "I didn't feel any more pressure here than I did with the Grey Cup in Ottawa last year. The ownership never allowed us to feel any of that kind of pressure."

Buono lost to the Eskimos in 1993 in Calgary with Edmonton moving into the Stampeders dressing room for the Grey Cup.

In 2000, Buono's Stampeders lost to the B.C. Lions at home with the Leos taking over their dressing room the following week.

By the time the Eskimos return here this week, the Lions are expected to have cleared out of their dressing room to make room for the West representatives.

Buono has an all-time record of 13-8 as a coach in the playoffs and is 3-4 in the Grey Cup game. But not only was it Buono's third time losing the get-to-the-Grey-Cup-game in the home of the Grey Cup game, it was his sixth loss as a coach in 13 Western finals.

The home team has now lost the West final 14 of the last 19 years.


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