Renaud enjoying home-wind advantage

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:28 PM ET

Blue Bomber punter Mike Renaud looked at the flags whipping in the wind along the south end of the stadium, then looked over at the ones lining the north end zone stands.

Then he concluded what every punter who’s ever worked in Winnipeg already knows.

“The flags are going that way to the north, and to the south they’re going the other way,” Renaud said. “It’s a swirling wind. I love it. Because if I can kick here, I can kick anywhere.”

A particularly breezy couple of practices this week didn’t get Renaud down at all.

You actually got the impression he hopes it blows hard for Friday’s game against Toronto.

“I’ll tell you one thing: the guys coming in here to punt are terrified of it,” Renaud said. “It’s the kicker’s kryptonite. If you let it mentally get you out of your game, then you’re going to have a hell of a time punting, especially at our house with these fans.”

TEAM TRIBUTE: Practice Thursday ended with a tribute to a stadium maintenance worker who died suddenly of a stroke just over a week ago.

The team presented the wife of Robert Barrot with an autographed jersey and ball, plus some cash raised through donations by the defence, and closed practice by huddling around Barrot’s family at centre field.

“He started out as a volunteer because he always loved the Bombers,” assistant coach Richard Harris explained. “We thought we’d get together as a team and let her know we appreciate people like that. Gave her a couple of gifts, and let her know that we’re here, if needed.”

Barrot started off as a volunteer nearly 10 years ago, eventually doing carpentry work on the site, including the recent reconstruction of the facility’s wheelchair ramps and the rum tent in the stadium’s northeast corner.

He was 54.


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