Bring on the Argos

DANIEL WILSON, 24 HOURS VANCOUVER

, Last Updated: 10:47 AM ET

With only two games remaining in the season, the B.C. Lions will be hard-pressed to finish first in the West. That battle begins tomorrow night with a game against the Toronto Argonauts with the division title, home field advantage and playoff momentum all up for grabs.

The Lions and the Saskatchewan Roughriders are tied with 10-6 records, sandwiched between the Calgary Stampeders and Edmonton Eskimos. The Stamps lead the division with a mere one-win edge (11-5), while the Eskimos are nipping at the Lions and 'Riders heels with a 9-7 record. The only thing that's clear is that all four will make it into the playoffs, but post-season seeding is still a crapshoot at this point.

Receiver Jason Clermont (knee) and scatback Stefan Logan (ribs) will sit out of the lineup again this week, as both continue to heal. The injuries let the Lions ride their 42-man roster that got the job done in Edmonton last week.

Nothing excites a B.C. sports fan more than a hometown victory. Coming in a close second, though, is any Toronto team loss. So, happy days are here again, as the Argos are a horrendous 4-12 and will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2001. Worst yet, the team hasn't won since coach Don Matthews took over midway through the 2008 campaign.

Speaking of Matthews, cordially known as 'The Don': While he flounders on the Argos sidelines, Lions coach and GM Wally Buono continues to creep closer to the record for most wins as a CFL coach, currently held by Matthews at 231. Buono needs just five victories to tie Matthews and could find himself atop the coaching king leaderboard sometime in 2009.

This week, hometown boy Paris Jackson was named Canadian Player of the Week following an eight-catch, 127-yard and one-touchdown performance. With those stats, Jackson eclipsed the 1,000-yard plateau in a season for the first time in his career.

Despite being double and even triple-teamed, Lions defensive end Cam Wake has inched very close to the CFL record for quarterback sacks in a season. Entering this week, Wake sits at 20 sacks and is just 6.5 shy of James Parker's mark of 26.5, set in 1984. With two games remaining this year, breaking the record will be no small feat, but Wake has been known to put up big numbers in single games, such as the 2007 Western Final, which saw Wake record five sacks.

The game goes Saturday night under the dome at B.C. Place. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. and the contest is available on TSN - local blackout may be in effect - and Team 1040.


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