20 things you should know

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:02 AM ET

WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS

1. The Bombers are 5-6 in their last 11 home games against the Lions.

2. Ex-Lions on the Bomber roster include linebacker Barrin Simpson, wide receiver Chris Brazzell, offensive linemen Jermese Jones and Carl Gourgues, defensive tackles Cam Legault and Dante Booker, and safeties Ron Ockimey and Greg Bearman.

3. Simpson, who signed in Winnipeg as a free agent in the off-season, led the Lions last season with 71 defensive tackles. Simpson spent the past five seasons in Vancouver.

4. The Bombers also have two coaches who used to be with the Lions. Defensive line coach Richard Harris and special teams coach Cory McDiarmid have both spent time on the left coast.

5. Winnipeg's last playoff victory at home came against B.C. in 2002, when the Bombers hammered the Lions 30-3 in the West Division semifinal.

6. Bombers GM Brendan Taman spent two years in the Lions organization, serving as the team's director of player personnel in 1997 and 1998.

7. The Bombers have as many Most Outstanding Players on their team as the Lions do. Slotback Milt Stegall won the honour in 2002, while Lions QB Dave Dickenson won the award in 2000 as a Stampeder.

8. The last time the Lions visited Canad Inns Stadium, which was last Oct. 10, Bombers SB Milt Stegall caught four passes for 234 yards and four touchdowns.

9. Bob McNamara holds the Bomber club record for most touchdowns in a game with six. That happened against B.C. on Oct. 13, 1956.

10. The Bombers and Lions have met once in the Grey Cup. Winnipeg won 22-21 in Ottawa in 1988.

B.C. LIONS

1. The Lions feature several former Bombers, but no one as prominent as defensive co-ordinator Dave Ritchie, who was the head coach of the Bombers from 1999 to midway through 2004. Other former Bombers include receiver Geroy Simon and defensive line coach Mike Roach.

2. B.C. is 64-78-2 against Winnipeg since 1954.

3. Wide receiver Ryan Thelwell is the longest-serving member of the Lions, having played 92 career games. He was a second-round draft pick (ninth overall) in 1998 but didn't start playing for the team until 2001.

4. The Lions were on a two-game winning streak going into their game last week against Edmonton. Before that, the Lions had won only three of their previous 13 games, including a 28-23 home loss to the Eskimos in last year's West Division final.

5. Defensive end Brent Johnson is the reigning CFL sack king. The Kingston, Ont., native dropped opposing quarterbacks 17 times last season, and he was leading the league, with seven, going into last weekend's action.

6. The Leos released Antonio Warren two weeks ago. He led the team with 2,179 combined yards last season and was voted its most outstanding player.

7. Head coach Wally Buono has the second-most wins in CFL history, trailing only Montreal's Don Matthews. Buono had won 193 games going into last week's game against Edmonton.

8. B.C. has made the playoffs in nine straight seasons. The last time it won the Grey Cup was in 2000 with a 28-26 victory over the Montreal Alouettes.

9. The Lions feature the last two winners of the CFL's most outstanding Canadian award. Brent Johnson won the honour last year, while receiver Jason Clermont, who's out with a knee injury, captured it in 2004.

10. Despite winning its first 11 games last season, B.C. had only one all-star in 2005 - Brent Johnson.


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