WINNIPEG - Last weekend’s Labour Day Classic not only cost the Blue Bombers two points, it also hit a few players in the wallet.
The CFL has fined receiver Cory Watson and cornerback Brandon Stewart for throwing punches late in the game, and receiver Greg Carr for a dangerous tackle.
Watson and Stewart were ejected, while Carr was penalized for unnecessary roughness.
“At the moment I thought I had a good reason for retaliating the way I did,” Watson said. “Throwing a punch obviously isn’t the right thing to do.”
Watson and Stewart suffered a double-whammy, as they were also fined $100 each by head coach Paul LaPolice.
“That’s spending money right there,” Watson said.
The amount of the league fines was not disclosed.
While Carr wasn’t ejected, the league didn’t like his headfirst tackle of the Riders Jerrell Freeman.
“He was fined for a suplex tackle, which is a dangerous play that could lead to serious injury,” CFL spokesman Jamie Dykstra told the Sun.
LaPolice doesn’t want to see the trouble carry over into Sunday’s rematch.
“I hope not,” the coach said. “I expect it’s going to be emotions. But I hope it’s positive emotions, and competitiveness.”
OLD OBSERVERS: So what do a couple of wily vets like Doug Brown and Gene Makowsky do while mayhem ensues around them?
Brown, the soon-to-be 37-year-old D-lineman, says he and Saskatchewan’s O-lineman, who’s 38, shared old-man stories during the mini-brawls that erupted in the Labour Day Classic.
“Me and Gene were just kind of sitting back, debating over metamucil or steel-cut oatmeal in the morning,” Brown said, his tongue firmly in his cheek. “That’s when the first fight went on. The second fight, he was saying, ‘Celebrex’ and I was saying ‘Motrin,’ and kept arguing back and forth. And then we talked about our favourite Toradol injection sites. So we really kind of missed a lot of what was going on.”
HAVE A DOUGHNUT: On his way to work earlier this week, LaPolice picked up two doughnuts and a milk — along with a surprise — at a drive-through.
“When I went to go pay the woman, she said, ‘No, the guy in front of you took care of you.’ I waved to the guy and said thank you,” LaPolice said. “The guy felt sorry for me, I guess.”
KICK-START? LaPolice is considering removing Jovon Johnson from punt returns in an effort to kick-start an area that’s been lacking.
“We’ll make a decision later in the week whether we put Tim Brown in,” the coach said.
ANDY WHO?: The Bombers aren’t losing any sleep over the return of Andy Fantuz, the CFL’s leading receiver last year, to the Riders lineup.
“We’ve seen him before,” Jovon Johnson said. “He came in here last year and didn’t do anything.”