Buono insists Lions deserve unbeaten mark

IAN BUSBY

, Last Updated: 8:49 AM ET

Although the B.C. Lions have a perfect record, head coach Wally Buono feels sometimes he has to remind players about that.

One of the questions Buono was asked yesterday during his news conference at McMahon Stadium was whether they played down to Hamilton's level last week.

"One of the things I learned over time is people want to make you feel like you lose after a win," Buono said. "You can't buy into that because this game is hard enough as it is.

"When you endure a loss, there's a lot of emotional baggage you have to get rid of."

The Lions put their unbeaten record on the line tonight against the Stamps (5 p.m., McMahon Stadium), and Buono doesn't feel he needs to motivate his team at all.

Coming off a Grey Cup win, the Lions have gutted out four victories in a variety of ways: Winning line battles over Edmonton and Toronto, capitalizing on turnovers against Saskatchewan and surviving a charge from Hamilton.

"I've done a lot of studying this year on the psychology of winning," Buono said. "It's not always been easy and not the way people always envision but they won. We won both games on the road, we played well in cities where people don't go and win."

When asked what people should expect to see from his team and how the Lions looked, Buono gave an odd answer.

"What will you see? Forty-two good looking athletes coached by eight old, overweight coaches. The athletes all look good to me and they will determine who wins and loses."


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