Whistle-blowing alarms LaPo

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:37 PM ET

Even though logic suggests it was a Bomber fan who did it, Paul LaPolice feels the home team should be penalized if someone in the stands blows a whistle.

In the strange conclusion to Saturday's 25-24 loss to the Argos, the Bombers were hopping mad when Noel Prefontaine's 39-yard field goal attempt that clanged off the left upright was ruled null and void because someone in the Rogers Centre crowd blew a whistle before the snap.

"You should be able to (penalize the home team)," LaPolice said. "If not, then everybody should bring whistles and blow whistles all game.

"That was disappointing, because that would have made it our ball and we would've just run the clock out and gone to overtime. But that's how she rolls."

Players from both teams had bent over at the line of scrimmage, but most stood up after hearing the whistle in the stands. The officials then blew the play dead, but Prefontaine kicked it anyway.

"He should have never kicked the football," CFL director of officiating Tom Higgins said Sunday. -¦ The whistle interfered with the play that was occurring.

"I want to find out from our guys who were on the field, but from talking to our supervisor he said we had no choice other than to blow it."

Prefontaine got another attempt, and even though he missed it the Bombers were unable to run the ball out of the end zone and surrendered the winning rouge.

JUSTIN TIME: Third-stringer Justin Goltz threw a touchdown toss to Clarence Denmark on just his second pass as a Bomber, and he completed three of six attempts for 36 yards. Not only that, but he did it without a running back.

"I've never had anything like that," Goltz said.

The Bombers lost tailbacks Fred Reid and Carl Volny to knee injuries, so the play-calling was simple: draw play or pass. Goltz, a 24-year-old who played at Occidental College in Los Angeles, was pleased with his performance, all things considered.

"It felt great," he said. "I got in there and I was going to take some chances, and Clarence made an amazing grab. I haven't seen anything like that, either. I was excited, man. I was very excited."

INJURY WATCH: Second-stringer Alex Brink injured his left, non-throwing shoulder in the fourth quarter but is hopeful he'll be ready in case he's needed to play Friday against the Alouettes.

"I'm going to get it looked at in the next couple days, but I should be all right," Brink said. "I got caught the wrong way. I don't know exactly what happened. Sprained it or something, but the doc wouldn't let me come back."

The Bombers have fourth-string pivot Brandon Summers on their practice roster if he's needed. Also waiting in the wings is running back Chris Garrett, who would be able to replace Reid or Volny in necessary. Volny was on crutches Sunday.

It also appears Doug Brown is in danger of missing Friday's game with a shoulder injury.

"Any time you get hurt in football and it's a joint of magnitude like a shoulder or a knee, it's always a possibility," Brown said. "It's sore. It is rare for me to come out of a game. I got hurt twice in one year. I must be 37 this week. Oh, that's right. I am (on Thursday)."

All injured players were being evaluated on Sunday.

CFL practice rosters can expand from seven player to 12 this week, but it's unlikely any newcomers would be able to play Friday.

-- Check out the Bomber Beat (blogs.canoe.ca/bomberbeat) for more follow-up from Saturday's loss to the Argos


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