VC grads ready to rock it

BOB MACKIN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:39 AM ET

The B.C. Lions make their first home appearance of 2007 tonight against the team they beat in their final B.C. Place Stadium game of 2006.

The Lions eliminated the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the West final last November before bringing home the Grey Cup from Winnipeg. The Lions host the green-clad flatlanders at 7:30 p.m. (Team 1040) in the first of two chances for newcomers to prove they deserve to be on the regular season roster.

One is defensive back Konrad Wasiela, the second member of Richmond's expansive Reid clan in orange and black. B.C. signed him to a free-agent contract the day after he went undrafted last month.

Veteran centre Angus Reid married Wasiela's sister Izabela in 2004. The brothers-in-law are also Vancouver College Fighting Irish products.

"It seems like there's one VC grad on every team, maybe two," Wasiela said. "We're doing something right."

"[Angus] comes over all the time to eat our food," he said. "I'm around him quite a bit. Just a great person to have around, any questions I have or worries or concerns, he's a guy that I can go and ask."

Wasiela, who turned 22 yesterday, expects to see action backing up LaVar Glover. Wasiela was the University of B.C. Thunderbirds' interceptions leader for three years. Football isn't his only game. He's also a sprinter, powerlifter and judoka.

"I could've gone to any other team, but I was lucky enough to stay at home," he said. "It's the best organization in the CFL, we have a chance to win [a Grey Cup] again."


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