Canucks' CFL loyalties split

BC Place in Vancouver, home of the CFL's B.C. Lions and the 2011 Grey Cup. (HANDOUT)

BC Place in Vancouver, home of the CFL's B.C. Lions and the 2011 Grey Cup. (HANDOUT)

Hosea Cheung, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:01 PM ET

VANCOUVER - You know the B.C. Lions are the talk of the town when even the Vancouver Canucks are chiming in.

Despite usually being the No. 1 topic in this city, several of the Canucks are taking note of the big Grey Cup game between the Lions and Winnipeg Blue Bombers at BC Place Sunday.

Then again, that's no surprise, considering the Canucks have a couple of Manitobans on the team.

Defenceman Aaron Rome, from Nesbitt -- about three hours west of Winnipeg -- said his loyalties lie with the blue and gold.

"I'm not a huge CFL fan but obviously I'm cheering for the Bombers," he said. "They haven't won in a while so it should be exciting. I'm not going to predict. It's going to go against me if I do."

Forward Dale Weise, a Winnipeg native, is also rooting for the Bombers, but he may not be too focused on the game itself.

"I'm a real big fan of the B.C. cheerleaders but I'm not a real fan of their team," he said with a laugh. "So I'm going to say the Bombers are going to win."

The Lions, however, have Alex Burrows on their side and the Montreal Alouettes diehard claims the Leos are going to pull it off.

"It's my second home and just the way they've been able to turn it around this season says a lot," said the winger. "Playing in front of your own fans, I'm sure they are going to get it done and they've been good all second half."

As for any friendly bets within the team, Burrows said it'll happen.

"We'll have some wagers," he said. "But Romer is pretty cheap so I'm not sure if he's going to bet anything."

 


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