Lions’ Buono warns Bombers’ Nichols to be careful what he says about opponents

B.C. Lions head coach Wally Buono has a message for Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Matt Nichols.

“If I was Matt Nichols I would be careful about what I said about the opponent,” Buono said on 3Down Radio.

Nichols stated he didn’t get hit at all during the Bombers 41-19 victory against the Lions in Week 4. The veteran pivot completed 16-of-29 passes for 162 yards and one touchdown in the win in his 2018 regular-season debut without being sacked or even contacted after recovering from a knee injury suffered in training camp practice.

Winnipeg visits B.C. Place for the backend of a home-and-home set with the Lions on Saturday night.


64 Comments on Lions’ Buono warns Bombers’ Nichols to be careful what he says about opponents

  1. Watcher // July 11, 2018 at 1:18 pm //

    Old man yells at cloud…

  2. Gainer1 // July 11, 2018 at 1:23 pm //

    The truth hurts eh Wally..

  3. Bluebomber // July 11, 2018 at 1:26 pm //

    Buano is reaching for any spark he can provide to his beleaguered defense.

    It wasn’t an insult to BC.. It was a compliment to his oline. He was amazed and rightly so!

    • MR. Green // July 11, 2018 at 1:37 pm //

      I agree, Nichols was complimenting his teammates for protection. He k ows any play at any time someone can get through.
      Wally didn’t like the wording of it. He is trying to motivate his defence I assume to get pressure. Nichols didn’t have to be great his first game back. Winnipeg played a strong game around thier QB, on D and Fogg looked good on returns. Wally better have his team ready because I think Nichols, with a couple more practices and a game now played, he will be better. I wouldn’t worry about what is said, I would worry about my team and how to get more out of them.

      • Dave Hopkins // July 11, 2018 at 4:48 pm //

        I agree, I would say he was complimenting his O-line and backs for their work protecting him.

    • Funny comment by Wally – Agree Nichols was complimenting his O line and by extension the lack of late hits or chippy play that the Lions could have engaged in.
      Sounds like Wally will be unleashing the head hunters in the rematch.

  4. Bomber Fan In The Stands // July 11, 2018 at 1:32 pm //

    Wally should worry more about the conduct of his players after the play is done, then making more threats. Kim Murphy’s team could have called a lot more penalties against the Lions last Saturday. I am getting really tired too with the super long leash the CFL gives Wally. I mean, he is always walking on the field during play, harassing the refs like he is entitle, and you can’t tell me that the last on side kick (with like 8 seconds left, and down three scores) wasnt a shot to take out one our hands team. I mean, the Lions didn’t even try to go for the ball. Just plain dirty!!!

    • Paul Bomber // July 11, 2018 at 1:49 pm //

      I get that they wanted to score some more points for a tie-breaker, but yeah, classless. Wally is desperate… he’ll do anything to not go out the way it looks like he’s going out… with a tee time early on November 4th.
      We’ll find out Saturday if Lulay gives him any hope.

    • What threats??? That’s a cheap shot. Wally has never uttered a threat in his life. He’s always been a class act!

  5. Paul Bomber // July 11, 2018 at 1:42 pm //

    So, Nichols got asked by everyone (CJOB, TSN1290, etc) if he got hit… he didn’t, and Wally… what… expects Nichols to lie about how ineffective his D was? (actually… not a bad idea)

    What’cha got, Wally… going to try to arrange for a few more cheap shots on Bombers? Just remember, Shady acres ain’t gonna hold your room forever!

  6. Diane Pelletier // July 11, 2018 at 1:43 pm //

    Agree that hit on Adam was dirty and a few other hits also the defence was starting fights with our offence no penalty was called Wally your just mad because a better team offence should your defence a halt game congratulations bomber defence on a great game and offence on keeping Matt standing

  7. Stampeding // July 11, 2018 at 1:45 pm //

    Don’t piss off the Godfather Matt

  8. Paul Bomber // July 11, 2018 at 1:51 pm //

    that nothing you heard was Matty Ice shrugging

    • TheLastArgoFan // July 11, 2018 at 6:30 pm //

      Matt Ryan – QB of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons – shrugged about this story?

      What interest does he have in this?

      He is, of course, Matty Ice.

      • Johnny Blumpkin // July 11, 2018 at 7:35 pm //

        Nichols has been given the same moniker. You know, because his name is also Matt, ya dummy.

      • Paul Bomber // July 12, 2018 at 10:45 am //

        “The Falcons”? Wasn’t that a 1950’s vocal group? They’re an NFL team now?

  9. Lions were inept on offense and defense. Time for the Lions to “put up and shut up”. If not,the Bombers will give the Lions another “ass kicking” on Saturday.

  10. keith lynch // July 11, 2018 at 2:05 pm //

    Not wise to give your opponents ammo. they will paste this on the locker room wall. I’ve learned the hard way to always win and stay humble.

    • Paul Bomber // July 11, 2018 at 2:20 pm //

      True, but everyone was asking Matt if he got hit… every post game interview and that’s where this started. Was he supposed to lie? Ignore the question? Issue a “no comment”? Give a politician’s non-answer? Wally’s veiled threat is the story – and if Matt get’s a cheap shot, Chungh is going to start ripping off the Lion’s limbs and then I hope CFL crashes down on this old fool.

      • Bomber Fan In The Stands // July 11, 2018 at 2:41 pm //

        I’ve knew a CFL official once, and was bugging him why the refs hated the Bombers so much (joke), and call so many, and miss so many, penalties against us. He said that the officials don’t play favorites, they just do background research on certain tendencies a team does (i.e. low hits on players, procedures, etc.), and watch for them.

        I hope the officials for the next BC/Bomber game are watching old Wally’s “tendencies”, because there was a lot of missed stuff that should have been called. Bomber fans will be watching Wally, so keep it clean!!!

        • Paul Bomber // July 11, 2018 at 3:58 pm //

          Hey B-FITS (can I call you B-FITS? :^)
          Really? That’s interesting – the way refs prep for games. I’d have thought you’d want to avoid looking for specific things so you’re as neutral as possible. But on the other hand, if there’s player safety issues, you gotta do what you gotta do whatever you can.
          (To be honest, I’ve thought the Bombers have better luck with the calls the last 2-3 years vs. getting nailed for something every time we breathed in days gone by – maybe that’s to Coach O’Shea’s credit)

          • Bomber Fan In The Stands // July 11, 2018 at 4:07 pm //

            This conversation was had about 7 years ago, during a time when AC and the Alouettes were getting away with murder by the refs.., especially Murray Clarke (oh yeah…, he’s not a ref anymore…, shocking) Bud Steen can burn in hell too! I have to admit that you are right, the Bombers are getting a relative fair shake in recent years, just not from Bradbury or Proloux.

        • this year will show if buono was a class act or a class ass, im betting on the latter i never found buono to be classy, hes arrogant like don matthews

      • Man…if I were Nichols, the one thing I would be worried about, is the bill after feeding the hoggies.

  11. RicoBeBlue&Gold // July 11, 2018 at 2:21 pm //

    Keith, not quite sure where your comment was pointing at… But listening to the interviews, watching videos, Matt was being humble he was just complimenting the O-line and saying he owed them a stake dinner. Easy for Noah to take them out of context to his benefit.

  12. True Green // July 11, 2018 at 2:28 pm //

    I wish my Riders were playing the Lions while they’re down and out!

    • Don’t worry True Green the Riders say will come soon when they play the Lions, and so will victory for the Riders…Go Riders Go.

      • Paul Bomber // July 11, 2018 at 4:02 pm //

        huh? Am I missing something? (re: your handle)

        • You can’t be that clueless Paul Bomber???? Don’t you realize that the only team that the Lions can beat is the Alouettes. I’m just accepting reality bud; be thankful that you have a great team to cheer for. I wish that were the case for me (and other Lions fans) but reality can suck sometimes.

      • lions will kill the riders.

  13. BlueBomberChris // July 11, 2018 at 2:36 pm //

    Wally you might want to be careful what YOU say. You’re in essence making a veiled threat towards Matt Nichols to be delivered by your D (or attempted to). You can’t honestly believe the Bomber hogs don’t have that up in the locker room to fire them up. That’s the funny thing with bulletin board material…sometimes it works both ways.

    I presume any cheap shot or late hit on Nichols will be promptly looked at by the league for intent to injure given Wally’s comments?

    Can’t wait for Saturdays grudge match

    • BC Bomber // July 11, 2018 at 7:42 pm //

      I was thinking the same thing about Wally firing up the B’s O-line. Forewarned is forearmed! I also think Wally is getting desperate, but he’d do better to light a fire under his own players. They were terrible last week, and I don’t expect much better this week. Going to see the game live, can’t wait!!

  14. Has-been HC vs scrub QB – – high drama in the CFL.

  15. Jose Perez // July 11, 2018 at 3:01 pm //

    I’m a huge BC Lions fan. Now my blood that use to bleed orange is withering away. Lions look like crap and have been for years now. Wally is the cancer of the team and it’s seeping through all the other players and coaches. They all sound the same in interviews as well. At the end of the day .
    Blah blah. Execution inconsistent inconsistency, et ect. More like freaking excuses for bad coaching period. Bad decisions on game day and in practice.
    As for Matt N stated what he did. He was giving compliments to his old line and that’s why he’s taking them out for steak dinner and a little something more. For Wally to take that wrong so like him lighting a match. You think that’s going to work. Your D is being coached by Washington or have you forgot you gave him that position. Washington is garbage and can’t understand why he’s still a DC omg ..Wally needed his brain examined when he made that move. This is why Matt wasn’t touched ..what do you expect. Every team knows what Washington brings or doesn’t bring nothing is in disguised.
    Wally go to Hawaii early give it up take Darazio and Washington with you. Three Stooges.

    • Paul Bomber // July 11, 2018 at 5:06 pm //

      Hang in there! If I can survive Joe Mack and Mike Kelly, you can survive Wally.

    • BC Bomber // July 11, 2018 at 7:44 pm //

      Give Ed some time. I think out of respect for Wally he didn’t tinker as much as he may have wanted. They definitely need to make a sweep in the coaching department! Regardless, stay true to your team!!

  16. Wally: “get off my lawn”. Seriously, Hoping his team has half the emotion old Wally has. Because if those guys don’t play the game with more heart than they’ve shown so far this season, it’ll be a blood bath with peg winning by 30 or 40 points. Seems so far as if his team has quit on him. If so, Wally may not get to retire at seasons end.

  17. Huff's Neighbor // July 11, 2018 at 4:25 pm //

    I don’t think it did Wally any favors saying this was his last year. IMO he should have made his plans and kept them to himself. Hard to play for a guy who you know is quitting at the end of the year. Bombers should role over them again. Should, but again this is the CFL.

  18. KeithBombers97 // July 11, 2018 at 4:42 pm //

    Wally seems like a sore loser, much like the Lions where Saturday night.

  19. Johnny Blumpkin // July 11, 2018 at 7:32 pm //

    Looks like senility has finally hit ol’ Wally.

    What a clown comment, coach.

  20. RickyBobby // July 11, 2018 at 9:07 pm //

    All you Bomber fans crack me up. Too funny. Do you all already have your Grey Cup tickets and flights booked. Hahahahahahaha

  21. RicoBeBlue&Gold // July 11, 2018 at 11:05 pm //

    Wow! IQ of room temp in Celsius or It’s A51… Right!?

  22. You have to wonder where all the sass from Bomber fans is coming from. They haven’t won a Grey Cup since Noah floated the Arc. They ridicule Wally Buono although no coach in Bomber history comes even remotely close to Buono’s accomplishments, and yes I realize he’s seen better days but that dosen’t remove his past success and contributions to this league. Must be that huge winning streak their on. 1 in a row.

    • BC Bomber // July 12, 2018 at 12:15 am //

      Not ridiculing Wally, I respect all he’s done. But even a smart, successful guy like Wally can say something stupid, and I’d say that’s the case here.

    • BlueBomberChris // July 12, 2018 at 1:03 am //

      No sass at all just stating a counter point to Wally’s interview. Any CFL fan knows his tricks and he does get the “veteran treatment” from the league some times.

      Not saying I don’t respect the accomplishments though but you are incorrect about no coach in our history. Bud Grant would easily rival Wally.

    • Tiger man // July 12, 2018 at 3:15 pm //

      Wally has been in more Grey cup than some of these bombers players have seen.

      Nichols being a veteran should know better.

      As a quarterback, you don’t feed the opposition defense ANY billboard material.

  23. RicoBeBlue&Gold // July 11, 2018 at 11:44 pm //

    Hmm, as I said above… not the brightest bulb.

    Bud Grant ring a bell?

  24. why is he acting like nichols said he was trash talking them. He is just stating facts.

    • He wasn’t. Wally has always been about humility in his QBs. He was merely indicating Nichols shouldn’t say things that may rile the opposition. Whether Nichols did it intentionally or not he could have chosen different words.

  25. Ernie Pantusso // July 12, 2018 at 1:35 am //

    So obviously Wally will be unleashing one of his morons to go after Nichols. Maybe the Bombers should go after BC’s quarterback, but the Lions have to find one first

  26. True Blue // July 12, 2018 at 2:12 am //

    First of all, we Bomber fans aren’t the ones insulting Wally, sounds like a few bitter Lions fans are doing that. We Bomber fans are just stating the fact that Matt was asked if he got hit in the game and he replied honestly, which was him giving credit to his O Line and how well they played. He in no way shape or form was insulting anyone, he is far too humble a player for that. If he gets a cheap hit, this will be on Wally. As for coaches, I have always had much respect for Wally and what he had done in the league as a coach. He should take his own advise though. As for the Bombers never having a coach to even coming close to Wally, well that simply is not true. Bud Grant and Cal Murphy are definitely in that league.

    • Buono has more substantially more regular season wins then Grant and Murphy combined. Buono and Matthews are in a class by themselves. While Grant and Murphy are notable coaches they do not belong in the Buono, Matthews category.

      • Alan Perun // July 14, 2018 at 7:36 am //

        Buono had 5 grey cup rings in 23+years. Grant had 4 grey cup wins and 6 appearances in only 10 years.
        Cal Murphy had 5 Grey Cups in 17 years as a coach or GM and another 5 as line coach with Edmonton.
        Both Grant and Murphy are most definitely in the same “class” as Buono and Matthews….or better

  27. I’ve been a BC fan since 1964.
    I agree, Whalley has lost his touch. Should have retired 3 yrs ago. Maybe then the team could move forward.HANG IT UP WHALLEY!!!

  28. Retire Wally.

  29. Ed Ellis // July 14, 2018 at 2:40 pm //

    C’mon man… sounds like he borrowed the line from The Sopranos. lol

  30. PassTheDip // July 14, 2018 at 7:56 pm //

    When Wally fails again this year, he can always fall back on his retirement gig; acting. I was a big fan of his work in Up.

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