Going retro good idea

PAUL FRIESEN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:50 AM ET

So the Winnipeg Blue Bombers say they're going retro. If only it were true.

The Bombers, along with the Toronto Argonauts, will unveil new retro jerseys later today, to be worn when the teams play in Hogtown next month, and again here in the 'Peg in October.

Among the Bomber greats who'll be on hand for today's publicity shoot are Ken Ploen, Ron "Pepe" LaTourelle and Nick Miller. Which got me to thinking.

Trotting out retro uniforms is all fine and good, and no doubt the plan is to get the cash registers ringing at the new Bomber store location.

But it seems to me the average fan would be far more excited if this team started putting a little "retro" into the on-field product.

Ploen, LaTourelle and Miller used to hoist Grey Cups like they were Molsons. Each one of these guys has more championships than all 46 members of the current roster put together.

Four times in five years, from 1958-62, the Bombers were the CFL's top dogs, and the word complacency was the furthest thing from anybody's mind. We suspect head coach Bud Grant wouldn't let it happen.

"He always kept you on your toes," Ploen was saying yesterday. "I don't think anybody would come into training camp feeling like they'd made the team."

Meanwhile, the current crew gets fat and sassy after losing the Grey Cup game. Go figure.

I'm not sure that at 2-6 they deserve to wear jerseys styled after the late-fifties dynasty. Let 'em win something first.

Here's a suggestion: make 'em wear those horrendous uniforms from the Reinebold era, you know, the ones with the blue pants and blue helmets, until they start winning again. Maybe that'll spark 'em.

DOUBLE SHAKE-UP: Speaking of double-blue, I see the Argonauts, at 3-5, felt the need to shake things up.

On the weekend, they traded disgruntled quarterback Michael Bishop to Saskatchewan, and yesterday they cut longtime safety Orlando Steinauer, a three-time CFL all-star.

Talk about sending a message that a sub-.500 record simply isn't good enough.

Meanwhile, the Bombers stand pat.

Seems to me they should have sent a similar message at, say, 0-4.

OH, TO HAVE TROY? Word is GM Brendan Taman hopes to bring in an import kicker this week to challenge the slumping Alexis Serna.

Taman's also toying with the idea of giving Duncan O'Mahoney another shot at the punting duties, allowing Serna to concentrate on field goals.

What Taman wouldn't give to have a Canuck who can do it all. Someone like, say, Troy Westwood.

If we injected the GM with truth serum, you think he'd say he should never have let head coach Doug Berry talk him into cutting Old Lefty?

RIGHT ON TIME: Did you hear that newly signed kick returner Jason Armstead showed up late for the first day of workouts after the break? Apparently, the guy thought practice was at 3 p.m., when it was really at 10:45 a.m.

Armstead should fit right in, because most of his teammates don't usually show up for the start of games, either.

THE BACK NINE: I see the Bombers got the day off for their annual golf tournament yesterday. That's something this team should actually be pretty good at, since getting into a hole never seems to be a problem... Apparently, Charles Roberts was planning to share a bucket of balls with offensive co-ordinator Kit Cartwright on the driving range. Problem is Cartwright would only give him a few. Kevin Glenn finally had to step in.... Once he got on the course, word is Roberts was just beside himself with excitement. I guess the guy hadn't seen that many holes in a long time... Other than Serna having some trouble with his chip shots, we hear the players had a great time. What they enjoyed most was seeing Berry tee off on something other than them.


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