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Our team's looking really good! Love this young qb...he's super poised and I love his quick decision making. Also...nice to be able to have a variety of options, keeps 'em guessing.

 

After last year's debacle, this is fun.

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Rourke looks like our best qb ever. Stay healthy kid. Butler looks like Mack Herron. Stay healthy kid. That Teheuma or whatever his name is , also looks like a star pass rusher.

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Rourke goes 26/29  282 yards 3td 

has 7 carries gaining 78 yards and 2 tds

 

James Butler 17 carries 108 yards 2 td

catches 6 balls for 33 yards and 2td

 

Defensively 4 interceptions and 4 sacks, with 3 of them by Teuhema

 

Good start to the season.

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Was at the Lions game, had a blast!


Nathan Rourke looks like the real deal. Poised, good reaction times. Butler and Whitehead were excellent too.

 

I'm not sure if the Lions are a great team this year but it's pretty clear that the Elks will be in the basement this season, miserable performance by the Elks.

 

I'll probably go back to see another Lions game sometime this Summer/Fall. Promising start for the new ownership group.

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Liked Rourke's little interview- words like ' I'm a quarterback that happens to be Canadian.'

 

Need to see this team play a few more games to get a true idea of just what they are.

Elks looked brutal, how much of that was them, and how much was the Leos?

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6 hours ago, -DLC- said:

I hope I'm as cool as her when I'm 90.

I was pounding scotch watching the game on the tube. The way I feel today I don’t think I will make 90. :rolleyes:

Great to see a Lions team that runs the ball and uses the back out of the backfield.  I felt last year that Reilly was too much about Reilly and didn’t hand off near enough. 
Go Lions Go. 

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Just in case anyone has a hankering for some Schadenfreude, here's what the Edmonton Sun thought of the game:

 

https://edmontonsun.com/sports/football/cfl/edmonton-elks/jones-elks-embarrassed-by-lions-in-cfl-season-opener
 

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Boy, those new EE logo helmets sure looked sharp in their debut game on TV Saturday night didn’t they?

And, yes, indeed, the fabled former flagship franchise of the CFL with their newly designed duds couldn’t have looked better going into their CFL season lid-lifter in BC Place in Vancouver than they did.

 

Then the game started.

 

And then they couldn’t have looked worse.

 

The EE stood for Exceptionally Embarrassing.

 

It’ll probably take until the opening kickoff for their home opener Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium to do an accurate accounting of the extent that the Edmonton Elks stunk the joint out for openers of their 73rd season of professional football.

 

The 59-15 loss to the B.C. Lions broke the EE record for most points against in a game — a record of 56 (final score 56-8) versus Saskatchewan — dating back to 1964.

The Roughrders had a 42-6 half time lead in that one.

 

Losing by 42 was the fifth highest margin of defeat from that same game (48 points) in 1964.

 

The most points previously by the Lions versus Edmonton was 51 on October 1958 (51-16).

 

By the end of the first half the Lions had a franchise record 36-point lead to take to the dressing room.

 

In the end, Lions former head coach and former EE assistant Vic Rapp finally had revenge for the headlines he created accusing Hugh Campbell of running up the score (48-8) with Edmonton’s five-in-a-row Grey Cup dynasty team back on Sept. 16, 1979. Ironically the B.C. team to do it was coached by Campbell’s son Rick.

 

Being that this was the season projected for the Atlantic Schooners to become 10th CFL team prior to the coronavirus pandemic, I couldn’t help but think, watching that game, what the result would have been if it were the Elks versus the Schooners on the other coast.

The Elks went into the lid-lifter with only two players on their depth chart on defence that had played here last year — Jake Ceresna and Thomas Costigan.

 

But consider what happened here. This wasn’t the same as the mess the Elks made in quite possibly the most pathetic pre-season game ever foisted off on the paying public a week earlier against the Calgary Stampeders. Pre-season games are pre-season games.

 

Elks head coach Chris Jones said on the 630 CHED post-game show: “We didn’t play any defence whatsoever. We couldn’t tackle. We couldn’t line up. We didn’t man cover. We didn’t pressure. We didn’t peel on the back. There were so many errors.”

 

But, boy, those new helmets sure looked good.

 

Maybe if it had happened against the back-to-back Grey Cup champions you could look the other way.

B.C. was favoured by four. Not 44. It was supposed to be a game, not one of the biggest blowouts in history.

 

The Elks went in as the league’s long shot to win the Grey Cup at 16-to-1, behind B.C. at 12-to-1. The over/under on total wins in the return to a full 18-game schedule this year for both Edmonton and the B.C. Lions was 7.5. Anybody but B.C. Or Ottawa.

 

Because of the timing involved this was monumental.

 

After the Elks elected to effectively blow up the entre organization in the off-season, allowing the Leos to basically blow ‘em up again to provide a fireworks finale to the One Republic concert that provided a crowd of 34,082 to introduce left coast fans to new starting Canadian quarterback Nathan Roarke completed 26 of 29 for 282 yards and new star running back James Butler had four touchdowns before the end of the first half. That was no doubt great for the league that desperately requires a bounce-back season. But no team needs a bounce back year more than Edmonton.

This is the week new President Victor Cui was to announce promotional plans for Saturday’s home opener against the Saskatchewan Roughriders that don’t involve holding a concert.

 

But the No. 1 thing to sell in sports is hope and this is a football team that didn’t win a single home game last year wouldn’t have hurt.

 

Fifty-nine to fifteen!

 

Step right up and get your tickets today!

 

Edmonton played in front of next to no fans in the team’s final few home games last season at the same time that Edmonton’s Alphonso Davies and teammates were defeating both Costa Rica and Mexico before 50,000 with snowbanks on the sidelines at Commonwealth Stadium.

 

That embarrassing exhibition of football was not exactly the way that Jones hoped to return to the city where he won the team’s 14th Grey Cup in 2015.

Jones departed within days of winning that Grey Cup to become general manager, president of football operations, head coach, defensive coordinator and chief bottle washer of the Saskatchewan Roughriders and then pulled the plug on them to go to Cleveland of the NFL.

 

The Roughriders didn’t light up the league Saturday in Regina but while Jones defence was giving up 59 points in Vancouver, Saskatchewan’s defence registered eight sacks and had two interceptions while holding the Tiger-Cats to two yards on second down situations in the 30-13 win over the back-to-back Grey Cup runners up.

 

Again, step right up and get your tickets today.

 

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1 hour ago, RUPERTKBD said:

Just in case anyone has a hankering for some Schadenfreude, here's what the Edmonton Sun thought of the game:

 

https://edmontonsun.com/sports/football/cfl/edmonton-elks/jones-elks-embarrassed-by-lions-in-cfl-season-opener
 

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From the article:

 

"The 59-15 loss to the B.C. Lions broke the EE record for most points against in a game — a record of 56 (final score 56-8) versus Saskatchewan — dating back to 1964."

 

I don't really follow the CFL anymore.  But I still enjoyed reading that.  

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