Bombers lack Jason’s killer instinct

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:27 PM ET

MONTREAL -- - Earlier this season, using the movies as a motivational tool, Bomber head coach Paul LaPolice asked his players to be more like Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger and Michael Myers.

You know, be more like the psycho killers who knew how to finish people off.

The Bombers still haven’t learned to finish anyone off, but they definitely share one trait with the aforementioned horror movie trio: They just won’t die.

No matter how many times they cough up leads or come oh so close to snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, the Bombers are still alive.

The priest has been called into the room and the plug has been pulled, yet they’re still breathing. And the schedule says there’s a slight chance the Blue and Gold could rise up off the operating table, and walk out of the hospital and into the post-season.

The Bombers are 4-11 and need to finish with more points than both Edmonton and B.C., who are 5-10, to earn the West Division crossover berth.

The good news for the Bombers is they have two games left at home, where they’ve shown they can win. Their only road contest is in Edmonton against the Eskimos, a critical battle if there ever was one.

Edmonton’s other two games are at home and on the road against Saskatchewan (9-6), while B.C. has to travel to Calgary (11-4), host Saskatchewan and visit Hamilton (8-7).

The Bombers need to go 3-0 and hope the Esks and Leos go 1-2. Or they have to go 2-1 and hope Edmonton and B.C. both lose the rest of their games.

If the Bombers beat the Argos on Saturday, they will still be in the playoff hunt no matter what happens with the Eskimos and Lions.

SO CLOSE: The eternal Bomber optimists out there will argue that play No. 143 in Sunday’s 22-19 loss to the Alouettes was the perfect microcosm of their favourite team’s 2010 season.

The Bombers had just climbed to within three points with 1:13 to go, and Justin Palardy’s ensuing kickoff was booted to the perfect spot on the field. It landed in a pocket where two Bombers were closer to the ball than any member of the Alouettes.

Brandon Stewart and Ian Logan were the Bombers in question, and Stewart was right there when the ball quickly bounced out of bounds and became an illegal kickoff.

All Stewart had to do was get a pinky finger on the pigskin before it went OB and it would’ve been Bomber ball.

“I was running down the field — clean — and it was a bad bounce,” Stewart said. “I was going to knock it out of bounds. Last touch. I know the rules. I was going to last touch it, and it was going to be our ball. Bad bounce.

“I’ve never seen it bounce like that. It was crazy.”

Stewart remained on the turf for a few extra seconds, on his knees with his hands in his head, agonizing over how close he had come to sending the game to overtime or possibly even winning it.

“We just can’t quite get a break,” Stewart said.

COMING SOON: LaPolice made arrangements to have his wife, Tina, induced into labour to give birth to their second child either Monday night or Tuesday, depending on whether the hospital had an any emergency births that would take priority,

LATE HITS: LB Clint Kent (triceps) suffered the only significant injury during Sunday’s contest, but he did finish the game … The Bombers still aren’t guaranteed to have their worst season since the Jeff Reinebold era, as Jim Daley’s team was 5-13 in 2005 … Fred Reid (1,150) and Terrence Edwards (1,234) are second in CFL rushing and receiving, respectively.

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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