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VANCOUVER -- When opportunity knocks, the B.C. Lions havent always answered. Some very good Lions teams have missed chances to play in the Grey Cup and thats why Sundays big game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers is especially important to a number of the clubs older players. Receiver Paris Jackson broke into the league in 2003. He played on the B.C. team that lost the 2004 Grey Cup and was a member of the last Lions championship squad in 2006. "I was thinking every two years we would be in the Grey Cup," Jackson said Thursday as he ate salad and sandwiches with his teammates at a luncheon. "Now Im 31 years old and its been five years since weve been to a Grey Cup. You have to cherish these moments." Defensive back Korey Banks won a Grey Cup in his first year with B.C. in 2006. Since then the Lions have played in four division finals but their only win came this year against Edmonton. "I could play 10 more years in the league and might not reach a Grey Cup again," said the 32-year-old Banks. "Its a blessing (to reach the Grey Cup) but its only a blessing for one team Sunday. I want to be on that team. Its all about winning. It will hurt more if you dont win. Id rather not make the playoffs than lose the Grey Cup." The luncheon was a casual affair, with players and some media shared tables. Linebacker Anton McKenzie used his Blackberry to take pictures of teammates being interviewed. Centre Angus Reid grabbed a microphone and did his own interviews. The Lions have 14 players over 30 years old. For some, winning a Grey Cup could be now or never. "With the younger players ignorance is bless in a way," said 35-year-old defensive tackle Brent Johnson. "You think there is going to be a lot more opportunities. "That doesnt always pan out." Slotback Arland Bruce made the most of his opportunity. Bruce looked like a castoff when the Lions obtained him in an Aug. 3 trade from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for a third-round draft pick in 2012 and an additional conditional selection. Bruces ability to make catches in a crowd and create the big play when needed is one of the reasons a B.C. team that looked like a joke when it started the season 1-6 had the last laugh by winning 11 of the last 12 games. The 34-year-old knows a turnaround like this year doesnt come often. He has played in two Grey Cups, losing in 2001 with Winnipeg but winning when Toronto beat the Lions in 2004. "I was telling some of the young guys to enjoy this moment because its super tough to get to this point," said the Kansas City native who talks almost as fast as he runs. "The Grey Cup means so much. I wake up every day just thanking God to allow me to be in this situation to win another championship. From how the season started to be here now is a great feeling. I am going to take advantage of it." Bruce finished the year with 58 catches for 859 yards and eight touchdowns. Jackson said statistics alone dont tell his full worth. "He brought a swagger to the whole offence, a different mind set of attack mode," said Jackson. "Hes a leader in the huddle." Lions coach and general manager Wally Buono has hinted Sunday could be his last game as a coach. In his first eight years in Vancouver, Buonos teams finished in first place four times, played in six division finals, but won just one Grey Cup. The Lions were first in the West this year with a 11-7 record. Having to crawl out of an early hole gave the team a different attitude heading into the West Final. "Ive had a lot of teams where weve had first place locked up in the middle of October," said Buono. "You couldnt create the pressure or energy you needed. There wasnt that back-up-against the wall kind of pressure you need to sustain. "Coming into the playoffs (this year) its not like we had to regenerate (momentum). Its been with us the whole time." Quarterback Travis Lulay, who established himself as a star in just his first full season as a starter, said the younger players understand whats at stake. "These types of opportunities are not going to be there every year," said the 28-year-old red head. "You dont want to take it for granted. "You never know what the future holds." Theres no doubt players like slotback Geroy Simon, 36, and kicker Paul McCallum, 41, will return next year. Simon had over 1,300 receiving yards this season. He needs just 67 yards next year to break Milt Stegalls CFL record for career receiving yards. McCallum, the CFLs oldest player, set a league record for kicking accuracy by hitting 50-of-53 field goals. For other players like Reid, 35, it could be a chance to retire a champion. The last team to win a Grey Cup at home was the 1994 Lions. Reid, who grew up in Vancouver, said to win at home again might make perfect exit music. "Its a dream come true," said Reid. "To be a hometown boy with the whole family watching, to be able to do this is almost hard to put into words. "It will be something Ill tell to the day I die." cheap jerseys . The team has signed three-time Pro Bowl free safety Jairus Byrd to a six-year contract worth a reported $54 million with $28 million being guaranteed. cheap jerseys from china . Brandon Pirri added a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who have won four of five. Michael Kostka scored his first career goal against his former team, and Corey Crawford had 19 saves. http://www.wholesalenfljerseyusaonline.com/ . The mood in Seattle was electrified as the parade featuring the NFL champions began near the Space Needle and made its way to CenturyLink Field, the home of the team. At a ceremony inside the stadium, the team thanked its loyal followers -- the 12th Man -- capping a day of boisterous celebration that drew an estimated 700,000 revelers to Seattle. cheap nfl jerseys . Ricciardos exclusion from the results tarnished what had been a day of celebration for local fans, who were jubilant that the Red Bull driver had apparently become the first Australian to finish on the podium at his home race. However just before midnight, stewards ruled that Ricciardos car had "exceeded consistently the maximum allowed fuel flow" and that the team refused an instruction from the races technical delegate Charlie Whiting to change the fuel-flow sensor before the race and a further request during the race to reduce the fuel flow. wholesale nfl jerseys . Canadian fighter Sarah Kaufman isnt celebrating, however. The former 135-pound champion from Victoria is on the outside looking in at a title fight she expected to be involved in.GREEN BAY, Wis. - The Green Bay Packers wont get all of their injured starters back this week. The one they will get back could make a big difference. The Packers are hoping the return of two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Greg Jennings will revive a disappointing game. The question is how many snaps Jennings will be able to handle against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field on Sunday. Jennings has missed the last seven games and had surgery Nov. 1 to repair a lower abdominal tear that has bothered him since he first injured it near the end of the Sept. 9 season opener against San Francisco. Coach Mike McCarthy expects Jennings to be a full participant in practice Wednesday. "Just talking with Greg Saturday and Sunday, I think hes in a good place and hes ready to (go)," McCarthy said. "He needs a full week of work, and thats our plan." Jennings was in and out of the lineup during the first month of the season and has not played since catching a touchdown Sept. 30 in a victory over New Orleans. "You also have to have the conversation of, how many plays is he going to play? Thats really what the weeks work is for," McCarthy said. "Well see how it goes Wednesday. Because when guys come off injuries that hold them out of multiple weeks, multiple games, its important that we not only have Greg for Minnesota, but all the way through (the rest of the season). So thats something well watch Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and communicate." Jennings practiced all three days last week and proclaimed himself "ready" last Friday, but he was inactive for the teams 38-10 loss at the New York Giants on Sunday night. "As a player, every player wants to be out there and play. Im no different. I want to go out there and play — especially if you feel good," Jennings said last week. "But at the end of the day, Im going to let them make the decision. Im going to give my input, but itll be their decision, their call. Well see." While quarterback Aaron Rodgers has had Jordy Nelson, James Jones and emerging second-year man Randall Cobb in his arsenal, Jennings absence has been felt by the Packers, who rank 18th in the NFL in yards per game (342.9) and 13th in scoring (24.8 points per game) after leading the NFL in scoring last season (35.0) and finishing fifth in yardage (4401.dddddddddddd5). "Gregs a dynamic player. Hes been to the Pro Bowl, he has an excellent working relationship with Aaron Rodgers, theyre on the same page," McCarthy said. "Gregs one of those receivers thats extremely athletic, his body language is very easy to readjust to and Aaron has great confidence to throw to with anticipation. They have a lot of history together, a lot of production. Itd be great to have him back." The Packers have had trouble against teams playing predominantly Cover-2 defences against them, and Jennings ability to get open on underneath routes as well as stretch the field would help. "Obviously, hes an outstanding player," offensive co-ordinator Tom Clements said. "Anytime you get an outstanding player on the field, it makes the defence prepare a little bit differently and hopefully we can take advantage of a good player." McCarthy did not update the status of 2011 first-round draft pick Derek Sherrod, who has been on the physically-unable-to-perform list since breaking a lower leg last Dec. 18 at Kansas City, or of veteran running back Cedric Benson, who sprained a foot Oct. 7 at Indianapolis. Benson was placed on injured reserve with a designation to return. Benson, who was put on IR three days after the injury, was scheduled to visit a specialist in Charlotte, N.C., and after initially ruling out surgery, that possibility was reportedly still being considered last week. Benson is currently eligible to return to practice and under league rules could play Dec. 9 against Detroit. But McCarthy said Benson would not practice this week and asked if he thought the Packers would get Benson back this season, McCarthy replied, "Well probably have some information for you tomorrow on Cedric Benson." McCarthy also said the team would have an announcement on Sherrod on Wednesday. The NFLs transaction wire stated that Sherrod "remains on Reserve/Physically Unable To Perform (List)," indicating he will not play this season. The Packers offensive line is struggling in the wake of right tackle Bryan Bulagas season-ending hip injury Nov. 4, and the only remaining backups on the 53-man roster are undrafted rookie free agents Don Barclay and Greg Van Roten. ___ Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL ' ' '
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