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If the B.C. Lions manage to overcome the potential crowd noise at Olympic Stadium in Montreal on Sunday and pull out the win, they can thank James Hetfield and friends.

With Metallica blaring again at the Surrey practice facility yesterday, the Lions did their best to adapt to the ruckus.

Last game against the Tiger-Cats, they picked up seven illegal procedure penalties and a time-count violation in front of 27,430 noisy fans at an outdoor stadium in Hamilton.

This time, they'll be indoors with nearly 60,000 screaming Alouettes fans.

"Obviously we don't want to make those mistakes," said centre Dean Valli earlier this week. "It's usually the centre's responsibilities to call out the protections, and with me looking through my legs every play, it puts it on the other guys so not only do they have to worry about what they have to do, they have to make the calls, they have to get set, and tell me what's going on because I can't see."

Although the stadium of 66,308 is not expected to be sold out, the noise level should still be a factor when B.C. goes on offence, hence the silent count where the centre has to watch the QB signal by raising his leg.

"You obviously can't simulate screaming fans but what it gives you is an idea the procedure of going with the silent count," said backup QB Travis Lulay. "It's just a matter of repetition."

While the Lions will be playing inside a dome Sunday, practicing at B.C. Place this week was not an option with VANOC taking over.

The Alouettes usually host their regular season games at Molson Stadium, so this will be the first time that the Lions have played at Olympic Stadium since Wally Buono took over as coach.

Meanwhile, halfback Korey Banks and safety Barron Miles were both named to the 2009 CFL All-Star team yesterday.


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