Barker recalls Flutie magic

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:04 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Jim Barker’s fondest memory of the old Winnipeg Stadium is of Doug Flutie hanging 66 points up on the Bomber defence in 1997, calling his touchdown passes before he completed them.

“It was like, wow — unbelievable,” the Toronto head coach, then and now, recalled.

Barker’s most recent memory of the soon-to-be demolished facility is of the east-side fans in the pre-season, mocking the trade in which he acquired Winnipeg quarterback Steven Jyles.

“They have the typical things they yell at you,” the Toronto head coach said. “I got thanked many times for the draft pick.”

Jyles, traded for a first-round pick, remains sidelined with a shoulder injury suffered last season. He’s expected to begin practising within a week or two.

“Steven Jyles is going to be a great player, there’s no doubt about that,” Barker said. “He’s going to add a lot when he gets back. Would I do it again? In a minute.”


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