Watch your tweets sweets

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:53 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Has the coach’s wife been muzzled?

Has she been fined by her husband?

Has he tied her hands, taken away her smart phone or removed the keyboard from her computer to prevent a similar incident?

These are the questions going into Friday’s game between the Blue Bombers and Hamilton Tiger-Cats, a tilt that took on a whole new meaning when Tina LaPolice hit her Tweet button Tuesday night.

By now you’ve heard Coach Paul LaPolice’s wife has become involved in the pre-game hype for what was already an interesting CFL East Division clash.

Upon hearing Ticats receiver Dave Stala mocking the whole Swaggerville thing back in Hamilton, Mrs. LaPo, aka @tinalapo, fired off a missive of her own, finishing with, “We’ll see, hacky sack boy!” — a reference to Stala’s favourite touchdown celebration.

With that, the CFL has a new entry for its record book: first trash tweet from a head coach’s wife.

“Hacky sack boy? That’s pretty good,” D-lineman Doug Brown said, Thursday, noting he doesn’t even have a Twitter account. “Wow, I’m being outdone by our head coach’s wife. That’s something different. I’ve never heard of anything like that before.”

Who has?

A head coach’s better half is usually the half we don’t hear from, at least about the game.

Imagine how Dave Ritchie would have reacted? He’d have grabbed his wife’s BlackBerry and eaten it.

Jim Daley? You never even saw his significant other around.

Mike Kelly? Never mind.

Someone like former Moose boss Randy Carlyle would have popped a blood vessel.

But Mrs. LaPo is obviously no shrinking violet. On her Twitter profile: “Opinions are my own, not that of my husband! It’s not the 50’s ... I say what I want!”

You go, girl.

“That’s why they’re such a perfect match,” Brown said. “They balance each other out. She’s the firepit, and he’s the calm, cool and collected.”

That’s what makes this so interesting.

Coach LaPo likes to measure and remeasure every word he says, going out of his way not to insult an opponent. If a player talks trash during the week, he’s fined.

“We told him in the meeting when he told us about it that we should fine her,” a grinning Jovon Johnson said. “They started it. They’ve been trash talking all week... We don’t get involved in that. It’s all in fun. If they get amped up from coach’s wife saying anything, then so be it.”

The players seem to be having a blast with the whole thing.

“It’d be interesting around the dinner table,” cracked Obby Khan, suggesting any fine money collected from Mrs. LaPo go to what Ritchie used to call his chicken fund. “Hopefully we get some free food out of it.”

The coach, of course, downplayed it all.

“If we’re calling these things trash talking, boy we don’t have very good trash talk,” LaPolice began.

Look beneath the nonchalance, though, and you might have seen a slight wince.

“I have talked to her a little bit about, ‘You know, we don’t really need to do that,’” the coach continued. “We’ll keep working through the media training we do with our players.”

So, no fine, then.

By the end of the day, though, Mrs. LaPo had removed the hacky sack tweet and blocked a few media types who’d been following her.

Oh, the intrigue.

So what’s next — players’ kids exchanging Facebook insults? Doug Brown’s dog using some pet site to threaten to pee on Stala’s lawn?

Guess I’ll have to start following them all.

Ah, the joys of sports journalism in the modern world.


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