'Not a good feeling'

DANIEL WILSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:18 AM ET

The dreary weather outside matched the faces of the B.C. Lions yesterday as they cleaned out their lockers following their West final loss Sunday.

"I'm looking at all this going on and it doesn't even register," said rookie defensive end Cameron Wake. "It's not even real to me. The season's over and it's earlier than we expected it to be. It's not a good feeling, but that's the way football is sometimes."

The team milled about the locker room packing their gear and saying their goodbyes, wondering what all went wrong the night before.

"I'll probably be pondering over that question for the next six, seven months, until we get back to camp," said Wake. "Something was missing, what it was, I don't know. Everybody in this room, everybody who's reading this, has seen us play football. Whatever B.C. Lions football is, we didn't bring."

Despite a disjointed effort, there were still some positives, like Wake's five sacks in his playoff debut.

But it was no consolation.

"I'm only happy with my performance if we win," he said. "Obviously I didn't do enough and as a team we didn't do enough because we didn't win."

With this season now in the record books, there's nothing left to do but look ahead to next year, and for linebacker Javier Glatt, spring training couldn't come too soon.

"I'm very motivated," said Glatt. "I know a lot of people in this locker room are. To win 14 games and lose the Western final is very disappointing, so I don't think there's going to be any lack of motivation this off season."

In the locker room there were brief glimmers of hope for the future within the depression. Unfortunately, the weather couldn't reciprocate. 


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