Time running out for Bombers

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:18 PM ET

It’s down to mathematics now and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have not been officially eliminated from the CFL playoffs.

But it is getting close.

The Bombers fell to a CFL-worst 3-10 after dropping a 16-14 decision to the Lions in B.C. on Saturday. B.C. improved to 5-8 and led the race for the final playoff spot by two points over the Edmonton Eskimos — who are now 4-9 after beating Hamilton. Winnipeg is six points behind both Hamilton and Toronto, but would need to finish ahead of them both because the Bombers lost the season series to each of them. And, with five games left, Winnipeg would need to finish ahead of the third-place team in the West to earn the cross-over playoff berth.

And time is running out.

“You’re slowly losing control of your destiny,” Bomber head coach Paul LaPolice admitted. “There’s still games to be played. We’ve got to keep fighting, we’ve got to keep competing …

“But it’s getting harder so, it leaves you a little hope and prayer.”

Miracles do happen.

“More than talking about doing it, we have to stand up and do it,” LaPolice asserted. “We have to go to work … If we have to make changes in spots, we’ll make changes in spots to figure out what we can do better … I know we’ve gone through these struggles but so have other teams. But we have to find a way to get out of our funk.”

GREEN GONE: The Bombers will have to find a way out of that funk without special teams specialist James Green, who is lost for the season due to a torn bicep, LaPolice said … DE Deji Oduwole, who suffered back spasms during Saturday’s match, should be OK, though.

MISS: If missing a 29-yard field goal in a game the Bombers lost by two was bothering placekicker Justin Palardy, he wasn’t showing it.

“It was a tough one to miss but I got my second one that put us up by one (14-13),” he said. “You can’t dwell on that, there’s a lot more games left.”

GRUDGE MATCH: There could be some scores to settle when the Lions come to town Monday as Bomber DB Jovon Johnson got into a skirmish with B.C. kick returner Yonus Davis towards the end of the game.

“(Davis) came over to me and said something about proving himself,” Johnson said. “And I was like, ‘You played a good game, so be it.’ Then, he started yapping about where he was from, like I really cared.”

Davis, who is from Oakland, Calif., returned eight punts for 121 yards and two kickoffs for 29 — gaining the most yardage after Green was felled by injury.

PINK BLUE: Bomber players will be wearing pink gloves during this week’s practice to help raise some cash for the Keeping Abreast Fund in support of Breast Cancer Reconstruction Surgery, Research and Education. The gloves will be autographed, then be put up for auction starting this Saturday on www.bluebombers.com. Fans can also purchase limited edition pink toques and scarves for $20 at the Bomber Store or at the game on Thanksgiving Monday.


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