B.C. Lions head coach Wally Buono is about to possibly make his last football trip to Saskatchewan, 44 years after his first journey as a player with the Montreal Alouettes.
Since then he has won seven Grey Cups (two as a player), been an assistant coach, general manager and head coach — most recently with the Calgary Stampeders and B.C.— and recorded a CFL record of 282 regular-season victories. He retired once before as a head coach, got inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and returned to the sidelines.
He brings his Lions to Mosaic Stadium Saturday with a chance to gain ground on the Saskatchewan Roughriders, while the fans will as always be yelling, “Wally, get off the field!”
Buono tends to wander towards midfield, sometimes chatting with the officials, and not get penalized, perhaps in deference to the respect he gets league-wide. Nobody understands the CFL, its players, fans and media better than Wally Buono; he deserves that respect.