It's time for changeNo Bomber should feel secure
By PAUL FRIESEN -- Winnipeg Sun
The view from the press box, on a night we're reminded why we all live here again: for these beautiful, hot August nights. Hey, look at the bright side -- I didn't see a single mosquito on my way in. Did see a guy actually trying to sell his tickets out there. Not sure how long he'd been standing in the downpour, but it looked like his shoes could have used a sump pump.
JUST DROPPING IN: The over-under on dropped balls tonight should be at least a dozen -- per half. Five minutes in, and Bomber quarterback Khari Jones has had a snap go over his head, Montreal's Anthony Calvillo has put one on the ground and the Als receivers have dropped two. We're right on target ... I know the Als have a strong pass rush, but is it really necessary to run one-yard patterns on second-and-long? ... Charles Roberts busts loose for 35, Troy Westwood is wide from 44 and the Bombers are on the board, 1-0. Time to start playing the trap ... Moe Elewonibi snaps another one over Jones' head, and changes gloves on the sidelines. Gloves on an O-lineman? Chris Walby would not be amused.
COPELAND CONNECTION: Second quarter now, and Als receiver Jeremaine Copeland, with Justin Coleman all over him, hauls in a touchdown for a 9-3 Als lead. So that's what a good team does with the wind at their backs ... I see assistant coach Less Browne is trying to prevent the Als from stealing defensive signals by shielding co-ordinator Mike Gorton on the sidelines. Still on this whole spygate thing: former Bomber coach Mike Riley used to talk about how backup quarterback John Hufnagel would steal opponents' defensive signals and offer them to starter Tom Clements. Thing is, Clements didn't want to hear it, saying he'd prefer to figure things out on his own. He usually did, too.
STOKED: Back to the field, where Keith Stokes takes a punt 83 yards for the Winnipeg touchdown, and it's 9-9. This should be good: before the game, Stokes, a former Alouette, promised if he scored he'd take the ball and put it at the feet of Als coach Don Matthews. There he goes -- but he's intercepted by an official, who must have read his mind. Party-pooper ... Here come the Als, led by the Calvillo/Copeland combination, and it's 17-10 ... The Bomber offence, with just one first down (by penalty) in the second quarter, is taking a knee with 20 seconds left. Hey, at least they recognize they're bad. Net offence in the first half, bad snaps and all: one, solitary yard. That is not a misprint.
PULLED AGAIN: It's Kevin Glenn in at quarterback for the Blue, the fourth time Jones has been pulled this year, and there's a quick Bomber field goal. But the credit goes to Stokes, who broke another punt return ... By the way, Elfrid Payton appeared to get his first sack of the season earlier, but it was wiped out by two Bomber penalties. Grover Covington's career sack record is looking safer every week ... This third quarter has been painful to watch, but somehow the Bombers are still in it, at 22-13. And they're getting the wind now. That's gotta be good for another yard or two.
WOE-LINE: Of course, if your line can't block their own shadows, you end up going the wrong way. It's 3rd-and-23, and -- whoa! Bomber punter Jon Ryan pulls the ball down and runs for 30. Heads-up play ... Here's Westwood, wide again, and there goes little Ezra Landry, all 5-foot-4 of him, 120 yards the other way for the Montreal touchdown. It's 29-13 now, and there's some unrest on the Winnipeg sideline. There should be. I mean, two games in a row without an offensive touchdown? It's time for something drastic, folks. Nobody should be safe.