Friday Blue six-pack

PAUL FRIESEN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:42 AM ET

I don't know about you, but I don't like the way the Great Stadium Debate is heading.

Not only has the focus shifted from the Polo Park site, but now it's becoming a much bigger core-area redevelopment issue.

And when Mayor Sam Katz gets too involved, that really makes me nervous.

Mayor Sam hasn't exactly been a friend of the Blue Bombers over the years. So when he steers this whole project to the Point Douglas area one day, then turns around the next and says the city wants no part of the road and bridge costs that'll result, it makes you wonder.

I asked Ken Hildahl, the chair of the Bomber board, about this, but he wanted no part of the discussion. Hildahl says as long as the city, province and feds are discussing a new stadium, that's good news, no matter the site or the politics. He'd prefer the focus to be on football.

DO WHAT WE'RE TOLD

For a change, we're going to do what we're told.

So here's a Friday night six-pack of things the Bombers, picked by so many to get back to the Grey Cup, need to show us in Montreal tonight.

If they crack open at least half of them, it should be enough for this city to get a buzz on for its football team, after an underwhelming Week 1 outing against Toronto.

If not, we'll all be left wondering if this 17-year thirst will ever be quenched.

1. A LITTLE FINISH, PLEASE

Last week, the Bomber offence was facing the New Jersey Devils of the CFL: the Toronto defence lets teams fool around in the neutral zone (between the 20's) but clamps down in the red zone.

This week, there had better be some touchdowns, or we'll officially have a disturbing trend on our hands.

2. RETURN OF THE RETURN GAME

Memo to Fred Reid: in the CFL you do not allow kicks to hit the ground, either before you attempt to catch them, or after.

And you do not automatically run them out of the end zone, unless you see a hole big enough to drive Duncan O'Mahony through. In coach Cory McDiarmid's Hummer.

Related memo to the coach: players always think they can take it all the way. Sometimes they need to be told to concede the single.

3. A GIFT-FREE NIGHT

We'll consider last week's fumble by punter Alexis Serna an anomaly. Similar gifts on special teams are strictly verboten, now that the Bombers are chasing first place.

They may be able to hang with the offensively challenged Argos playing this way, but winning's a lot easier when you actually make teams work for their points.

4. ALEXIS ON FIRE

Serna's continued development as the heir apparent to Troy Westwood is mandatory if this team wants to be a contender.

The little guy hasn't missed a field goal yet -- mind you, he hasn't tried one longer than 40 yards -- and even punted decently last week.

A similar day would be a foot in the right direction.

A step back, and coach Doug Berry's least favourite soap opera, All My Kickers, will be back in the air.

5. SOME HANDS ON DECK

It's all fine and good for the defence to knock down passes, thereby preventing them from reaching their intended targets.

But occasionally, even interceptionally challenged teams have to make like blind squirrels and come up with one, don't they?

Either that, or Berry's boys will be well on their way to being the least opportunistic ball hawks in the CFL again this year.

6. THINKING CAP FOR COACH

Four rookie head coaches made their debuts last week, but it was Berry who caused the most head-scratching with some of his decisions, like when to concede a single and a safety, and when to take the wind.

This is no exact science, but at the end of the day when you weigh the two piles -- the decisions that worked out and the ones that backfired -- the former had better be larger than the latter.

There.

Now if only solving the stadium issue were that easy.


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