More pain in the rain

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 1:35 PM ET

Blue Bombers 37, Renegades 21

Blame it on the rain. The attendance of 17,567 at Frank Clair Stadium last night was the second-lowest gathering for a CFL game this season.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers shouldn't take it personally. They attracted more than the 16,303 who showed up to see the Calgary Stampeders here July 16, and just a little fewer than the 17,607 on hand for the July 21 Edmonton at Ottawa game.

To their discredit, the Renegades also have the fourth lowest (18,899 vs. Montreal, Canada Day) and fifth lowest (19,013 vs. B.C., Sept. 8) crowds in 2005.

Can't remember, but it must've been damp in the nation's capital those days, too.

And if you're a sugar cube, you can melt when you're wet, right?

How embarrassing.

At least you're consistent, Ottawa. You didn't wait until the Renegades started falling apart like a cheap suit before you cancelled your support.

You never ever really started.

High and Outside:

Special teams have killed the Renegades time and again this season, but never before like this. Bombers punter Jon Ryan picked up the ball after a bad snap and sprinted around on-coming Renegades for a first down that led to a field goal and effectively pulled the visitors out of reach ... Now there's something you don't see any day -- Yo Murphy let a perfectly thrown ball slip through his hands two minutes into the fourth quarter. Had he squeezed the ball, he would have easily scored ... The Renegades play selection was, for the most part, very good. From the timely, against-the-grain shuffle passes to Josh Ranek early on to a razzle dazzle that saw Ranek accept a direct snap and team up on a reverse with Jason Armstead ... The tackling of the defence, for the most part, was atrocious. But then, Charles Roberts is a slippery little guy even when it's not raining ... Looked like Crance Clemons was caught off guard by the Bombers attempt at a two-point conversion following their fourth-quarter TD. Otherwise, he probably would have tried to jump and knock the ball down before it settled into Chris Brazzell's hands ...When Matt Kellett conceded a safety with 63 seconds left in the first half, the two points should have been credited to Syniker Taylor. A LB/DB who was plucked off the Renegades practice roster by the Bombers two weeks ago, Taylor made a great play to knockdown a pass intended to Markus Howell on Ottawa's second-down try.

Over The Middle:

Wonder what NFL team is going to be first to jump at Bombers punter Jon Ryan, a Saskatchewan-born sophomore who's kicking his way out of Canada ... A group of 20 or so women chased Ruffy around the field at halftime with the goal of tackling the Renegades mascot. The winner (Ashley) will take her father (Tom Dillon) to see a taping of the Oprah show in Chicago. Not a bad gimmick -- but it would have been better had it been accompanied by Jonathon T. Henri singing Sweet Caroline ... What's that noise? Oh, wait. That must be it. The referee's mike is working. Loud and clear. Can't remember ever saying that at Frank Clair Stadium ... Another pass to Murphy, this one a little high but he does get a hand on it. And again he can't pull it in? The guy's usually as automatic as there is .... Renegades are all over the map with the music they're playing during the games these days, but not nearly enough do they crank out anything that would be heard on 89.9, the new-sound FM station that provides them with the Morning Hot Tub personalities they use as their in-stadium hosts ... The Renegades are now 0-3 at home since they canned their halftime karaoke singer. The Curse of Jon T?

Late Hits:

Jim Daley's beloved 13-year-old lab Mac is a fixture around Bombers headquarters these days as he fights cancer. Mac has seen as much of Canada as any dog -- he's been with his master since the early '90s, when Daley was an assistant coach with the Rough Riders ... On their first possession, the Renegades refused to gamble in a third and one situation from their own 47. On their last drive of the first quarter, Kerry Joseph gained four yards on a third and one sneak ... Josh Ranek scored Ottawa's first two touchdowns, at the time giving him his team's last five majors.

don.brennan@ott.sunpub.com


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