Lions GM Hervey: ‘good to punch a playoff ticket on the heads of the Eskimos’

B.C. Lions general manager Ed Hervey thoroughly enjoyed clinching a post-season spot against the Edmonton Eskimos

“Ultimately, for myself, on a personal level, it was good to punch a playoff ticket on the heads of the Eskimos,” Hervey said on Sportsnet 650 in Vancouver.

“You’re going to get raw, uncut with me. This is sports, so this is where you get to actually show some raw emotion at times. Watching our team dominate for most part of the game and to win that game and get a playoff berth it’s good and I’m excited for it. Selfishly speaking it couldn’t have happened to a better team,”

The Lions beat Edmonton 42-32 in comeback fashion. B.C. trailed 22-17 at halftime but scored 21 straight points in the third quarter to claim the lead for keeps and book a ticket to the playoffs in the process during Hervey’s first year on the Left Coast.

The Eskimos went 4-14 in the first season with Hervey as general manager but he turned the team around going 36-18 from 2014-2016, Edmonton made it to the divisional final each of those seasons and won a Grey Cup in 2015.

Hervey was fired by the Eskimos in April 2017 when president Len Rhodes cited philosophical differences as the main reason. The 45-year-old broke his silence a few months later. He was out of football for less than a year as the Lions hired Hervey after the season ended in 2017.

“I’m all about winning and that’s why I’m glad to be here and excited about being with people who put winning as a priority like Wally [Buono] and Mr. Braley and Rick LeLacheur. That’s what’s refreshing about being here,” Hervey said.

“Regardless of what happened in the past and those things over there, priorities over here are just so different. It’s just let’s win, let’s be about the fans, let’s go out here and give them something to be proud of. We’re not trying to be concert promoters, we want to win football games.”

– with CP files

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