Halloween helmets against Stamps

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 7:41 AM ET

Green Bay Packers' fans wear plastic blocks of cheese. Saskatchewan Roughriders' fans wear real watermelons. Will B.C. Lions' fans wear pumpkins to cheer their team to victory as Halloween nears?

The 10-4, first-place Lions will debut their new orange helmets tonight against the 9-6 Calgary Stampeders at B.C. Place Stadium (7 p.m. Team 1040). That much is guaranteed. The identity of B.C.'s starting quarterback is the question.

Dave Dickenson said he felt fine when he practised this week after post- concussion syndrome kept him out of last Saturday's 28-8 win over the Tiger-Cats in Hamilton.

"You certainly don't want to get into a position where your next hit could potentially be your last hit in the CFL," said Dickenson, who missed four 2005 games with a concussion. "I'm trying to be smart, but I'm also anxious to get out there and play."

Buck Pierce also practiced despite leaving the Hamilton game with a bruised elbow, which left Jarious Jackson to grab some playing time. Lions went through their final pre-game walk-through yesterday in a rare session closed to the media.

The Lions will need a strong offence to battle the Stampeders in the first of two consecutive meetings; whoever is throwing the ball will be looking for CFL offensive player of the month and receiving leader Geroy Simon. Simon, in turn, will be looking to evade the obvious blanket coverage he can expect from Calgary. But the Lions' defence will need its best performance of the season, as the clubs will decide who gets the first-round bye. A win would assure the Lions of a finish no worse than second place. If the Saskatchewan Roughriders lose on Thanksgiving Day to the Montreal Alouettes, the Lions would clinch first before the Stamps' rematch on Oct. 15 in Calgary.

The Henry Burris-led Stampeders will be counting on their own offensive league-leader, running back Joffrey Reynolds. The running back has 218 carries for 1,345 yards and seven touchdowns, and will be key in the Stamps' recovery from last week's loss to the Toronto Argonauts.


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