CFL Pregame: BC Lions and Winnipeg Blue Bombers Looking For First Win on Friday

Chris AllenSenior Analyst IJuly 10, 2008

This Friday night at the Canad Inns Stadium in Winnipeg Manitoba, the Blue Bombers and the British Columbia Lions are both looking to win their first game of the season.

For two teams who were often predicted as the Grey Cup match-up, 0-2 is definitely not a good start to the season. Depending on how the rest of the season goes, this could still be a Grey Cup preview.

It wouldn't be the first time that a team had come back from 0-2 to win the Grey Cup though. In 2002, BC Lions coach Wally Buono went 0-3 to start the season with the Calgary Stampeders. Buono won the Grey Cup that year.

The Blue Bombers have had trouble in all areas during the first two weeks of this CFL season, but none to big, totaling a score of 61-40 for the opposing team this season.

The Bombers will not be doing to bad in the standings with a win this weekend, as Toronto lost to the Edmonton Eskimos on Thursday night, making them 1-2, and the Calgary Stameders defeated the Montreal Alouettes, for a 2-1 record.

Depending how the Hamilton Tigercats do against the Roughriders after the Bombers game, there could be a three-way tie for second place in the east division.

That’s right, folks, the Bombers are still closer than it seems to clinching second place.

The B.C. Lions, however, are not so lucky on the west side of things.

The Edmonton Eskimos and Calgary Stampeders have both gone 2-1 on Thursday with wins, and the Saskatchewan Roughriders could stay undefeated at 3-0 or go to 2-1 tomorrow, depending on the results of the game against Hamilton tomorrow.

No matter what the outcome is against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the BC Lions will stay in last place in their division.

In their last meeting, the Blue Bombers lost to the BC Lions in Winnipeg.

Now, for my big question...why hasn't Milt Stegall been playing? It's a good question, and no one is really sure. However, Stegall is not injured, the Bombers are 0-2, and once again, Stegall is not scheduled as the starting Slotback for tonights game.

Now, I am not saying that without Stegall, the Blue Bombers are nothing, because Milt Stegall was supposedly 100% sure that he was retiring last year, so 0-2 is where they would've been anyways. However, with a  match-up of Stegall, Edwards, Franklin and Armstrong, I have a feeling that the Bombers offence would be unstoppable.

One more question, in reference to my article here. While researching information for the article, it seemed to me that the Bombers medical and training staff thought this would be a quick injury. However, with the third week coming up, Alexis Serna is on the depth chart as both punter and kicker. Bombers fans will hope that Serna is able to handle punting duties after a blocked punt in week one and a sack in week two. For more on Serna's situation see here

Who will win this game?

It depends on whether the Blue Bombers can show some enthusiasm in Friday night’s game, which was non-existent in their last loss against the Alouettes. For more on this, check out Matt Eichel's article here.

Watch the game at 7:30 PM (ET) on Wendy's Friday Night Football, only on TSN, Canada's Sports Leader.