Time for Blue subterfuge

TROY WESTWOOD, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:44 AM ET

My editor tells me I have to write something about the Bomber game Saturday night. So here it is. Yuck.

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Everything the Bombers do during the last two regular season games should be setting up the East Division semifinal on Nov. 8.

You can play with the minds of whoever your opponent will be by showing unusual formations and altering schemes in all three phases.

You can accomplish two things by doing this.

First of all you can cause your opponent to waste precious preparation time in film study and practice by preparing for formations or schemes you have no intention of using. Secondly, you can use these false formations and schemes to help set up a play or two in the game that could be critical in helping secure a win.

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Down by nine, two minutes and thirty seconds left in the game. Third-and-5 on the opponents' 40-yard line. Wind is not a factor.

This is a no-brainer. You kick the field goal.

Plenty of time left to get the ball back and then score your touchdown to win the game.

In a must win game to keep playoff hopes alive, Toronto goes for the first down on Saturday. They fail. Game over. Season dead. A bad decision by a head coach who is known for great game day decisions.

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You have to wonder what is going through the minds of the management of Saskatchewan and Edmonton.

What would you rather do if it were your job to help get your team to the Grey Cup? Try and win on the road in B.C., and then in Calgary? Or would you rather play in Winnipeg, and then try your luck in Montreal?

In theory, there is no doubt which road should be an easier ride to the Grey Cup. It presents an interesting dilemma, doesn't it? Whoever finishes fourth in the West takes the eastern road to the Cup.

The culture and expectations of professional sport is to win, win, win. The thought of not doing all you can to win in professional sport in unthinkable, right?

What if losing your last game of the year puts you in potentially stronger position to get to your goal of playing in the championship game?

Remember, all is fair in love, war and professional sports.

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Saskatchewan needs to decide on a quarterback very quickly if they are going to be successful in the playoffs. All three of their quarterbacks, Michael Bishop, Darian Durant, and Steven Jyles, have tremendous raw talent. The Roughriders desperately need one of them to get hot.

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are going to be a much stronger team next year. A few improvements in key positions during the off-season, and they will be legitimate playoff contenders next year.


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