Lions up for feline revenge

BOB MACKIN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:59 AM ET

The 1-3 B.C. Lions are seeking revenge when they visit the Hamilton Tiger-Cats today (4:30 p.m., Team 1040/TSN).

Hamilton (2-2) spoiled the Lions' home opener 31-28 and B.C. is extra cranky after a 48-10 loss at home to Calgary a week ago.

The Ti-Cats have the second-most offensive yards (1,460) but are tied with the Lions with 16 sacks allowed.

B.C. running back Ian Smart (knee) will miss the game. Ryan Grice-Mullen takes over kick return duties with Trestin George.

The Leos need to strip the ball from Hamilton. That's something B.C. failed to do last time around.

Hamilton linebacker Otis Floyd thwarted B.C.'s last-minute comeback at B.C. Place. Floyd leads a contingent of ex-Lions in Hamilton, including Jamall Johnson, Markeith Knowlton, Matt Carter and Andre Sadeghian. Hamilton quarterbacks coach Khari Jones started his CFL career as a Lion in 1998.

Slotback Arland Bruce III was shipped around the Golden Horseshoe on Wednesday when the the Toronto Argonauts dealt him to the gold and black for Port Moody defensive lineman Corey Mace. Bruce made headlines with his homage to Michael Jackson on Canada Day at Ivor Wynne Stadium: he was fined for taking off his helmet and shoulder pads and playing dead after a touchdown.

"There's 14 more games to play..." says Lions head coach and general manager Wally Buono. "You look at this league and it's unpredictable. I guess the only thing that's predictable is every Friday is an adventure."


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