Meet The Lions

October 22, 1994|By Ken Murray

History: The Lions joined the CFL in 1954 and went 1-15. In 1959, they went 9-7 and reached the playoffs for the first time. With Joe Kapp at quarterback, they won their first Grey Cup in 1964. They didn't win another until Don Matthews led them to the title in 1985. Two years later, Matthews was fired with four games left in the season.

Ownership: The second private owner in team history, Bill Comrie took control of the Lions in September 1992. He also owns, with his two brothers, the San Diego Gulls of the International Hockey League and the San Diego Barracudas in roller hockey. Comrie operates a chain of 42 Brick Furniture Warehouse stores as well. His 1972 innovation of "Midnight Madness" in Edmonton, when he offered furniture discounts at midnight, launched the chain. In 1994, Comrie was elected chairman of the CFL's executive committee.

Key players: Two of B.C.'s big guns on offense won't play today or didn't make the trip. QB Kent Austin, acquired in a three-team trade in the off-season, will be replaced by Danny McManus. And RB Cory Philpot (1,266 rushing yards) was left behind with an ankle injury. He'll be replaced by Tony Jackson. The Lions have a pair of 1,000-yard receivers, Darren Flutie (84-1,277) and Ray Alexander (72-1,100). CB Less Browne leads the league with 10 interceptions, and LB Angelo Snipes leads the team with eight sacks. Lui Passaglia, 40, B.C.'s kicker, is in his 19th season with the Lions.

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