Lions thirsty for a win

BOB MACKIN, 24 HOURS VANCOUVER

, Last Updated: 11:33 AM ET

Old Style Pilsner is the drink of choice for the Saskatchewan Roughriders' nation and it became a weapon against the B.C. Lions when they played in Regina on Sept. 20.

B.C. head coach and general manager Wally Buono briefly pulled his players from the sidelines until the beer bozos stopped hurling hops.

The Leos had the last laugh and want to spoil the party again for the defending Grey Cup champions on Saturday.

"We're thirsty, no pun intended," said defensive end Cameron Wake. "It does have a little comforting effect to know that you've played there and beaten them."

The Lions have no home playoff game for the first time since 2003 after finishing third place when they lost the regular season finale to the Calgary Stampeders on Saturday.

Tuesday's blustery, chilly weather in Whalley was welcomed by Buono because the team is expecting to face a cold front in the Queen City. Environment Canada is forecasting a high of -6 C and a low of -16 C for Saturday's West semifinal.

Slotback Jason Clermont, who is from Regina, was back at practice with a brace on his left knee. He sprained it against the Edmonton Eskimos on Oct. 10 and was sidelined for his own bobblehead night at B.C. Place Stadium. He'd rather be under the dome for Saturday's tilt, but team camaraderie will compensate.

"We're going to be together, we're going to be able to watch film all the time," Clermont said. "There's going to be not much else to do. I don't think we'll be too welcome going to movies in Saskatchewan."


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