Conditions make kicking competition interesting

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:55 PM ET

Day 1, a driving rainstorm. Day 2, a northwest wind blowing at more than 50 clicks.

Whoever survives the Bombers’ field goal competition might not have any nerve left for Thursday’s game in Montreal.

“It takes some getting used to again,” Warren Kean said about the conditions. “It’s a little odd aiming outside of the uprights to try to make a field goal.”

The job, left vacant with Louie Sakoda’s freak, game-day leg injury last Friday, is down to Kean, a former Edmonton draft pick, and former Tiger-Cat Justin Palardy.

Head coach Paul LaPolice has ruled out Ryan Elaschuk because of his inexperience.

Kean may have an edge: he worked with holder Mike Renaud at Concordia University, and roomed with long snapper Taylor Inglis for two years in Edmonton.

“It’s funny how things happen, isn’t it?” Kean said. “You can analyze it to death. But I’m here, and enjoying it.”

Kean has also kicked at McGill University, where the Alouettes play.

“I know the winds,” he said. “I’d be comfortable playing there.”

LaPolice had the kickers go head-to-head before practice, Monday, and then again at the end of the workout, with the rest of the team providing crowd noise.

“I wanted to have a little extra reps in front of the team,” the coach explained. “Because that’s when those guys get nervous. They were much different when they were in front of our players (Sunday) than when they were just by themselves.”

Kean said the hassling from the players is a blast.

“And if it’s not fun, you’re in the wrong gig. That’s all part of it. They’re out there harassing you, but they’re hoping you make that kick.”


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