Well, that backfired.
You can’t blame B.C. Lions president Dennis Skulsky.
His heart was in the right place.
Sometimes, though, that leads to bad things happening.
After Skulsky guaranteed fans that his Lions would beat the Saskatchewan Roughriders Sunday night in Vancouver, the west coast club fell 26-13 in front of home support.
That means the 33,196 fans who attended Sunday night’s game will each receive a free ticket to a future Lions home game after Skulsky made the promise pre-game.
Considering the average ticket price for a Lions game is $65.20, the team will lose more than $2 million in revenue if everyone takes Skulsky up on his offer.
The Lions became enraged in the buildup after the Roughriders bought a giant billboard in downtown Vancouver taunting the home team.
“They have purchased billboards promoting their team and they’re hosting a ‘Rider fan party and rally in our backyard,” Skulsky said in a statement, according to CTV Vancouver.
“We’re here to proudly represent this city and this province. The best way to do that is to win on Sunday and we guarantee that will happen.”
Only it didn’t.
Tino Sunseri replaced an injured Darian Durant and completed a touchdown pass to Dan Clark to lift visiting Saskatchewan to its fifth consecutive victory.
Durant was 9-for-15 passing for 104 yards but suffered an injury to his throwing hand at the end of the second quarter and Sunseri was 8-for-13 for 86 yards in the second half for the Roughriders (6-2), who avenged a 26-13 loss to BC in Week 3. Will Ford recorded 108 of Saskatchewan's season-high 228 rushing yards.
Kevin Glenn completed 15-of-21 passes for 146 yards for the Lions (5-4), who saw their three-game winning streak come to an end. Solomon Elimimian led all players with 12 tackles and two sacks, while Tim Brown recorded 277 combined return yards and returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown.
Sunseri engineered a 90-yard drive that culminated in a 1-yard touchdown toss to Clark at the end of the third quarter, giving the Roughriders their first lead of the contest. The Lions conceded a single on a punt with two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, making it a four-point difference.
Brown's touchdown followed a 38-yard field goal by Paul McCallum to put the Lions up by 10 points 4:15 into the contest. Roughriders kicker Chris Milo made three field goals in the second quarter to trim BC's advantage and kicked a 48-yard field goal 5:44 into the third quarter.
--With files from SportsDirect