Bishop could be king

TROY WESTWOOD -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:11 AM ET

Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

How else could that game be summed up? What the hell is there to say after that one?

I can't recall ever seeing a 17-point lead collapse with twelve minutes to play.

Has that ever happened to a Blue Bomber team at home? I do remember being on the other side of remarkable comebacks. Remember Troy Kopp? Remember that crazy fourth quarter? Remember who we were playing?

Cosmic justice maybe.

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Two things stand out most prominently in my mind regarding the Banjo Bowl.

Firstly, Michael Bishop is a beast. Many in Bomberville were applauding the defence in the Labour Day game loss. The Bombers could have, and should have lost that game by 30 points.

Although only 19 points were scored, Bishop struggled mightily to connect with receivers he had only a few practices with.

The way Bishop can run and throw there is not a more physically-gifted quarterback in the league right now.

He took control of the game in the fourth quarter of the Banjo Bowl. As he becomes more comfortable with Saskatchewan's personnel, the Rider offence could become downright scary.

They just took two games back-to-back from Winnipeg with a brand new quarterback, and their second tier of receivers.

That is frightening.

Secondly, I think Doug Berry might be flat out stupid.

No?

Am I wrong?

Well, can we agree that he is both arrogant, and stubborn to a fault?

If you can agree to that, is not a man who is arrogant and stubborn, stupid?

How can you be the head coach of a Winnipeg football team, and choose a punter with zero experience punting into the wind, and almost zero experience punting in general.

Tough to blame Alexis Serna for 26- and 25-yard punts in the fourth quarter. Tough to blame him again for an atrocious 29-yard net average for the game.

The kid is not a punter. Berry is proving without doubt, how stubborn and arrogant he is by continuing to say publicly that he is satisfied with the punting.

You cannot win games when week in, week out your net punting is around 30 yards.

It puts immense stress on the other two phases of your game.

If you were the head coach, and if it was obvious that your punter struggles mightily in the wind, would you not reach out to the greatest wind punter in the history of football?

Would you not give Bob Cameron a call, and ask him to come in and help your young punter?

Dave Ritchie did it. Jim Daley even did it.

No, Berry is going to try to prove, no matter how much it costs his team, that he made the right choice in choosing Serna to handle the punting chores.

It is worth noting that the last three punters Berry has chosen to do the job, to help his team win, because that is all he cares about, have all been last in the league in net punting?

Pat Fleming, Rob Pikula, and now, Serna.

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Dear Charlie,

Thank you. Thank you for your courage, your tenacity, and grit. Thank you for taking our breath away. Thank you for making our hearts race. Thank you for all of the smiles, laughter, and good times. Thank you for always giving it everything you had every single time you crossed the white line. Wishing you all the very best, pal.

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SAY WHAT?!?!

"I'm so excited I can't even describe it. I feel so young and I feel so energized."

A giddy Serena Williams after beating Jelena Jankovic in the U.S. Open final. Williams is only 26.

NUMBERS GAME

37

Or, Tres Siete, if you will. That's the number running back Shaun Alexander wore before he was released by the Seattle Seahawks and now his relatives in northern Kentucky are pressing him to sign with the Cincinnati Bengals, who employ receiver Chad Ocho Cinco.

OFFBEAT

After a traffic camera recorded a man speeding downhill at 99 km/h in an 80 km/h zone along the Ulm-Stuttgart motorway in Germany, officials tried to make out a licence plate and make or model of the vehicle in order to issue a ticket. However they soon discovered this would be impossible as the man was actually riding a skateboard. We hope he had a good helmet although one suspects anyone who would try such a thing must have been skateboarding without head protection for a long, long time.

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QUICK HITS:

"The NFL didn't allow the former Chad Johnson to put Ocho Cinco on his Bengals jersey after all. Apparently, Reebok is demanding to be paid off for the "Johnson" jerseys it's already produced. Wow, that's a switch -- a Bengal getting held up, rather than vice versa."

-- Pete McEntegart, SI.com

"Now that Chad Johnson is done changing his last name to Ocho Cinco, maybe Tatum Bell, the culprit in the Case of the Stolen Samsonite, should change his last name to Bellhop."

-- Dan Daly, Washington Times

"Fantasy football? Here is my definition of fantasy football: The Detroit Lions making the playoffs."

-- Greg Cote, Miami Herald

"Warning to future employers: (Tatum) Bell comes with a lot of baggage -- and not all of it his."

-- Dwight Perry, Seattle Times


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