VANCOUVER -- The B.C. Lions are a tough-looking playoff opponent but Rob Murphy wants them to be ugly.
Picture that creepy guy who looks like he stepped out of a 1970's cop movie. That type of ugly.
Murphy, the Lions all-star left tackle, has brought in a mustache policy for some team bonding.
Even head coach Wally Buono and president Bob Ackles are sporting some dirt on their upper lips this week.
"I'm a little disappointed because there are guys who actually look good with them," Murphy said. "I wanted everyone to look ridiculous."
The Lions didn't start the 'stache dash until they clinched first place in the West Division last week.
Some of them already have full Magnums, which they did by shaving off their goatees in the fashion of kicker Paul McCallum.
Others are having trouble, as linebacker Jay Pottinger's is thin and curly, while some rookies probably don't even shave yet (Josh Boden).
The rule is having the desired effect. The Lions' whiskers don't look good.
"We're all ugly anyway, so what's the difference," McCallum said. "It's a throwback, because we always say Dave Dickenson is a John Holmes lookalike. If people don't know, that's a '70s pornstar.
"It comes in a little red and there's some salt and pepper. He's starting to show his age. He sure does look like a dirty old man right now."
Dickenson hates his mustache, but he likes receiver Jason Clermont's, which got the Cliff Clavin treatment.
"Clermont is looking good because he dyed it," Dickenson said. "I wouldn't say it's the most impressive because he just turned up with it dark. Some of them are going to be pretty good come game time."
COTE BEAMING WITH PRIDE
Stampeders fullback Rob Cote is beaming with pride about his older brother today.
Nate Cote, a Cochrane product playing QB for the Victoria Rebels, won the Canadian Junior Football League's outstanding offensive player award last night while also being named an all-Canadian. Calgary Colts receiver Cassidy Doneff, who often practices with the Stamps, was also named to the all-Canadian team.