Bittersweet week for Lions

DANIEL WILSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:35 AM ET

In a week when life was so good for the B.C. Lions on the field, the team couldn't forget how harsh it had been to them off the turf.

But the business never stops, according to team GM and coach Wally Buono.

"It just makes you realize over and over again the fact that no matter what tragedy or distraction occurs, the players are out there to perform at a high level any given night," said Buono. "Those, I guess, are the realities of our life. We have to give the players a lot of credit. It would have been a good excuse for them to go there and just kind of feel sorry for themselves and come back 0-3."

The week began, of course, with the sudden death of president and CEO Bob Ackles, a tragedy that was revealed to the organization during a team picnic at their Surrey practice facility.

All week, attention was devoted to the passing of Ackles and plans to honour him, but the Lions still had to focus on a big Week 3 tilt in Winnipeg.

Despite everything surrounding the club, the Leos thrashed the Blue Bombers Friday night, dominating in every aspect en route to a 42-24 win.

Quarterback Jarious Jackson returned to the same form that won him nine of 11 starts last season, throwing for 340 yards and five touchdowns, while Clarence Coleman and Geroy Simon caught two TD passes each, runningback Stefan Logan introduced himself to the league in style with 140 yards on 18 carries and the Lions snagged four interceptions, including two for linebacker Javier Glatt.

"I was very impressed during the whole week," said Buono. "Monday was a tough day for everybody. There was a lot of attention coming and as the week went along, obviously the players dealt with it well and the coaches dealt with it well. Our preparation was good and the performance, I think, showed that."

Buono said this week won't be any easier on the team as they once again have to prepare for the Blue Bombers and play their first game at home since Ackles passed away. That night they will celebrate the CFL legend's life during a post-game tribute and put another week into the record books.


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