LaPo's wife joins trash talk

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:10 AM ET

WINNIPEG - The Hamilton Tiger-Cats don’t sound like they’re going to lock their doors and roll up the windows when they enter Swaggerville’s city limits on Friday night.

A couple Tabbies haven’t been shy this week about mocking Swaggerville, the nickname/attitude for the Bomber defence, in advance of Friday’s huge clash at Canad Inns Stadium between Winnipeg (6-1) and Hamilton (4-3).

“This Swaggerville thing, it’s kind of funny to me,” Dave Stala told Hamilton TV station CHCH. “They need to give themselves a name? … It’s a cartoon or something over there. But I don’t really concentrate on that stuff.

“They can call themselves whatever they want. We’ll see what they’re calling themselves after the game.”

While the Bombers themselves have closed ranks and vowed to not fire back, it didn’t stop head coach Paul LaPolice’s wife, Tina, from shooting off a playful Tweet at Stala on Wednesday morning that caught the attention of the Hamilton media.

“We’ll see, hacky sack boy!” LaPolice wrote, noting one of Stala’s eccentric touchdown celebrations. “#GoBombers.”

Not sure how many times the coach’s wife has trash talked a player leading up to a game, but you have to love Twitter.

Bomber safety Ian Logan, who had as many interceptions (two) as Stala had receptions when the Bombers beat the Ticats in Week 1, said the Bombers are well aware of the chatter coming out of Steeltown.

“I can appreciate that we’re doing well and this whole Swaggerville thing has kind of taken (the CFL by) storm,” Logan said. “They’re probably a little frustrated that maybe they’re not getting the respect that they deserve, but I’m not going to comment on what he said.

“It’s one of those things, and we’ll just have to see how the game goes.”

Ticats middle linebacker Rey Williams also feels Swaggerville is too much, too soon.

“The defence is playing well, they’re doing some good things on offence, but they’re taking it a bit too far if you ask me,” Williams told CHCH.

Hamilton running back Avon Cobourne also weighed in, joking on Twitter he didn’t even know Winnipeg had an offence with all the attention Swaggerville has been getting lately.

“We’re just going to go out and play Friday night,” Bombers running back Fred Reid said. “They’ve been doing a lot of talking this week, but I’m not going to feed back into it. We’re just going to go out and show them. That’s the best way to go.”

Paul LaPolice didn’t want to talk about the pre-game chatter.

“The most important thing is this is a division opponent game that has huge implications because it’s the tiebreaker game,” he said. “If you can win the game here you’d win the tiebreaker. They’re a good team that has won four out of their last five games, including beating Montreal. Our players are well aware how good this team is.”


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