Bombers still have to prove they can win on the road

PAUL FRIESEN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 1:33 PM ET

Think the Blue Bombers have turned the corner, do you?

We'd love to share your optimism, but we're going to wait a little longer before we declare this team playoff-ready. Like, maybe after tonight's game in Toronto.

After all, it's hard to take the Bombers seriously until they start doing something about their miserable record on the road.

Since a Labour Day weekend win in Saskatchewan in 2004, the Bombers have exactly one victory away from home, to go along with a very un-cool dozen losses. Seriously.

The Bombers lost their last three road games of the '04 season, went 1-8 last year and opened the current campaign with a loss in Montreal.

Even Barry Bonds is better than one-for-his-last-13, isn't he?

That's why we predicted a loss to the Argonauts tonight.

Now, there's no doubt this year's group is different. Heck, it resembles last year's the way Bonds still resembles the slender, 185-pound rookie he once was.

There's a new sheriff in town, and coach Doug Berry obviously brought some instant attitude with him from Montreal.

Have the Bombers come by their 2-1 record honestly, though?

We don't want to belittle that blowout of the defending champion Eskimos last week. But since part of our job is to poke things to see if they're real, here goes.

As good as the Bombers were, the Eskimos did have a tendency to self-destruct, fumbling on the Bomber goal line when they were about to get back into the game, botching a punt and a field goal try.

Neither of those were forced mistakes by the Bombers. They were Edmonton brain cramps, plain and simple.

And just in case you'd forgotten, Eskimos quarterbacks did light up the Winnipeg defence for 399 yards through the air. You wonder how much Esks receiver Derrell Mitchell would have added to his 161-yard total, not to mention how the game might have been different, had Mookie not blown a wheel and missed the second half.

I know, I know, we're being negative again.

Just think of it as a little reality check, some common-sense medicine for those with an early touch of playoff fever.

WRIGHT STILL FIGHTING: Poor old Tom Wright. He can't even get this lame-duck thing right.

The out-going CFL commish -- he'll get the punt after the Grey Cup game here in November -- is still trying to land a new ownership group in Ottawa before his time is up.

Doesn't he know lame-duck bosses are supposed to just sit back, put their feet up on the desk and shoot toy hoops, all the while collecting a few, last paycheques from the suckers getting rid of him?

Instead, he keeps acting like a pro, just like he's done for the vast majority of his four-year term in office.

And the lame-brains who won't renew his contract, led by Montreal and B.C. neanderthals Bob Wettenhall and David Braley, respectively, continue to act like spoiled brats playing with Tonka Toys in a sandbox, instead of successful owners of pro football teams.

"I'm happy that he decided to step down when he realized that he had no support," a gleeful Wetenhall told reporters the other day.

No support?

As one of those who kicked sand in Wright's face and told him to take his toys and go home, Wetenhall is lucky the CFL constitution allowed a minority of three governors to override what the other five wanted: to give Wright another contract.

Maybe the rules need a second look.

It's one thing to need 75% of teams' support to hire a new boss. But why should you need 75% to extend his contract?

Isn't that like allowing less than 50% to fire him?

If I'm Wright, I'm not lifting a finger to find these guys a new playing partner in Ottawa.

Unless his last name is Glieberman.


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