LaPo may stay home to welcome new baby

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:49 PM ET

The Blue Bombers were scheduled to depart for Montreal on Saturday at 10 a.m. — without their head coach.

Paul LaPolice is planning to stay in Winnipeg as long as possible as his wife, Tina, is due to give birth to their second child any day now.

“I’m going to go later,” LaPolice said Friday. “I have a 6 o’clock flight with a stopover that gets me in at 11:30 Saturday night so, just in case something happens late (Friday) or (Saturday) morning, then I’ll remain home for my wife. If nothing happens, I’ll take the 6 o’clock flight (Saturday), then go to the game (Sunday) and we come back that night.

“If something does happen … there is a 6 a.m. flight that gets me out there at 11:30 (Sunday) and I’ll sprint over and go to the game.”

The game against the Alouettes starts at noon Sunday.

“My wife doesn’t think it will happen,” LaPolice said. “If something happens at 4:30 in the morning, there could be a possibility that I don’t make it.”

If LaPolice doesn’t make it to Montreal, assistant head coach/defensive co-ordinator Kavis Reed will make the game-day decisions while offensive co-ordinator Jamie Barresi will call the plays.

“We’ve already talked about that and worked through that this week, and a couple of scenarios,” LaPolice said. “But I think I should be there.”

If not, he’ll watch on TV but won’t be texting or calling the coaches during the contest.

“I’d watch the game but you can’t do that,” LaPolice said. “I won’t be calling, ‘Why don’t you call this one? I’m watching on TV!’ I just want to be covered as much as I can and if it happens Sunday morning while I’m there, well, Tina’s family’s here and it’s great that we have support staff, so we should be OK.”

ROOKIE RACE: Import DB Alex Suber is one of 17 Bombers eligible to be nominated as the club’s rookie of the year, and is the odds-on favourite to get the nod.

“You know, (rookie linebacker) Marcellus Bowman is playing great, but it’s a big honour to even be mentioned,” said Suber. “But I don’t even worry about things like that, I’m just trying to get a win.”

HASHMARKS: The Bombers will salute the Canadian Forces when they host the Toronto Argonauts next Saturday, and have invited 500 military families. The halftime show will be the third annual Canadian Forces Challenge.


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