Must-win game Friday

TROY WESTWOOD, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:22 AM ET

The Bombers lost a game they were supposed to lose Saturday night.

Not much of a chance of beating a team from the West back to back this year.

Now all attention can be placed on what will be the game of the year for the regular season.

Toronto looks to be in complete disarray, Winnipeg has made steady improvement over the last five weeks.

This is a game the Bombers should, and must win.

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Out in Hamilton, quarterback Quinton Porter is the real deal. Porter is an up and coming superstar.

The kid has prototype quarterback size, is surprisingly mobile and has a strong arm. Hamilton finally looks to have found a quarterback to fill the shoes of Danny McManus.

Not since the signing of Vince Ferragamo, way the hell back for all you youngsters, has there been a bigger bust than the signing of Casey Printers. A half-million bucks should buy you considerably more than a couple touchdown passes.

Looks like Printers is either suffering from a "just about made it to the NFL" hangover, or maybe he was an average quarterback placed into a very sound and strong system in B.C.

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Bob Cameron has a saying regarding football, "if you play long enough, everything will happen to you." Took me a while to understand the depth of what he was saying, but as usual, he was bang on.

The rough ride Alexis Serna is on right now is not supposed to happen so early in your pro football career.

But if you play long enough you will ultimately find yourself in a position where you are faced with adversity. How you react to it is up to you. Adversity will either toughen and improve you as an athlete, or it will bring your career to an end.

The thing I always hated about kicking was there's no such thing as hustling. In almost any other position in most any other sport you can bust your ass to make up for mistakes.

In kicking, you have contact with the ball for a nanosecond, that's it. Kicking is a real fine tune thing, much like golf. Leg swing, plant foot, hip alignment; all these delicate things and more add up to a successful kick.

If there was one thing I could say to offer Alexis advice, it would be this: Consume your mind with thoughts of execution, not results. A very simple teaching, but one that is difficult to adhere to in times of challenge.

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Oct. 4 was a very important day across Canada. It was the national day to remember the more than 500 missing or murdered women across Canada.

Yes, this is not a sports story, but most guys I know read the sports section, and it is the men of our community who must come to a deeper understanding of the issue of abuse and violence against women.

Well over 70% of women will experience abuse or violence during their lives. Abuse comes in the form of verbal, emotional or physical. All are unacceptable.

We must, as men, come to a deep understanding of how sacred the relationship is between men and women. Never in our presence should a woman feel that they are in a dangerous, unsafe or threatened environment. In fact, they should always feel the opposite.

Domestic abuse and violence against women is all around us. It doesn't matter where you live, how much money you make, what your spiritual beliefs are, or what colour you skin is.

It is our responsibility as men in our communities to first of all conduct ourselves in a way that is always kind and respectful to all women. Then we must reach out to other men around us, young and old. This is a teaching that we must live every moment of every single day.

We must come together and do all we can to end all abuse and violence against women.

The life of your mom, wife, daughter, sister, grandmother, aunt or friend may depend on it.


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