Billboard war 'a lot of fun': LaPolice

Kirk Penton, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:51 AM ET

Paul LaPolice says the Bomber billboards in Regina making fun of the Roughriders are all in good fun.

The Winnipeg Football Club marketing department paid for electronic billboards in the Saskatchewan capital. They make fun of the fact the Bombers are 7-1 and the Riders 1-7.

LaPolice, who only wants his players to do their talking on the field on game days, downplayed the billboard barb when asked Friday.

“We knew there were going to be billboards,” the Bomber head coach said. “We don’t know what’s on the billboards or anything.

“I can assure you that this team and this coaching staff has the utmost respect for that team and that coaching staff. That stuff’s a lot of fun, and it’s a lot of fun for the fans.”

FOR THE RECORD: There have been reports recently that CFL sack leader Odell Willis and Riders defensive end Remond Willis, who attended training camp with the Bombers, are cousins.

Not true, says the Mayor of Swaggerville.

“It’s not a fact whatsoever,” Odell Willis said Friday. “The only thing we did was come in the league the same time in Calgary.”

HUNTING FOR A SPOT: NFL teams have to cut down to 53 players on Saturday, and former Bombers defensive end Phillip Hunt is still in the running to grab a roster spot with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Hunt recorded his third sack in four pre-season games for the Eagles on Thursday, and word out of the city of Brotherly Love is Hunt is a serious candidate for the team’s final defensive end position.

Even if he doesn’t crack the 53-man squad, there is always the possibility he will be asked to remain on the team’s practice roster. If Hunt does get released and isn’t asked to stick around, he would become Bomber property.

FANTUZ FLAMES OUT: Former Riders receiver Andy Fantuz was released by the Chicago Bears on Friday.

Fantuz, who led the CFL in receiving last year, is expected to be in Regina this weekend, but the CFL ruled Friday night he can’t play in the Labour Day Classic since he won’t clear NFL waivers until 3 p.m. on Sunday.

There’s a chance, however, he will play in next Sunday’s Banjo Bowl rematch.

LATE HIT: There are expected to be approximately 5,000 Bomber fans in Regina for the Labour Day Classic.


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