July 30, 2012
Bombers notes: Hall laments 'bogus call'
By KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency
WINNIPEG - Alex Hall felt he was unjustly punished.
When asked about the flag he received for unnecessary roughness with 1:35 left to go in the third quarter for a hit on Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Steven Jyles, Hall presented the case for his defence.
"That was a bogus call," said Hall, who is coming off his best game at defensive end for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. "It is what it is, but that was bogus. Nah, I didn't hit him (in the head). I hit him in the shoulder pads. Watch the replay. I'm sure it was on TSN. Get your (PVR) set up. Rewind it, break it down as much as you want.
"When I hit him, he kind of jumped. It looked like I hit him in the helmet."
Blue Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice didn't agree with Hall's assessment of the play in question.
"No, he hits him in the head," said LaPolice. "Whether we think it's acceptable or not or it's a cheap call, if his hand nails Jyles in the head in any way, shape or form, it will be called. That's the standard the league has set. They just have to tackle him lower."
However, LaPolice is seeing progress in Hall's game overall.
"I talked to Alex two weeks ago, that he's shown me flashes at times of being very fast off the edge, as fast as I've seen but it was only flashes," said LaPolice. "Certainly he took another big step this past game of doing it more consistently. He's getting better and we think he's going to be a good one."
FOUR POINTER: With a victory on Friday night, the Blue Bombers can push themselves into a third-place tie in the East Division standings with the Montreal Alouettes, who have lost two consecutive games and are 2-3 overall.
It might only be Week 6, but it's never too early to start talking about four-point, inter-division games.
"I told (the players) this was a very important game because either we're going to have two points and they're going to have six or we're going to have four and they're going to have four," said LaPolice. "The biggest message is that you win this game and you're tied with them."
HASHMARKS: The Blue Bombers announced they have sold more than 27,000 tickets for Friday's game...The team also revealed that they're going to hold a women's football clinic on Oct. 21 at Canad Inns Stadium...The Alouettes will be without DT J.P. Bekasiak (out 4-to-6 weeks with knee injury) and returner Trent Guy is doubtful with a rib injury...There's been some speculation the Als could bring back DT Aaron Hunt, who was cut earlier this month.