August 26, 2012
LaPolice's wife sounds off on Twitter
By KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency
WINNIPEG - Tina LaPolice was never afraid to share her thoughts when her husband was the Bombers head coach.
She really let loose on Saturday after LaPolice was sacked by the Blue and Gold.
The former Bombers cheerleading coach re-tweeted nearly 50 tweets in support of her husband. Most notably, she called former Bombers and current Saskatchewan receiver Terence Jeffers-Harris a “dumbass” and a “moron.” This after Jeffers-Harris tweeted “Best News the #CFL has EVER had!!!! #Karma is a *#!@*#%$!^.”
The Bombers released Jeffers-Harris prior to last year’s East Division final.
Tina LaPolice made headlines a year ago this week when she engaged in a harmless Twitter battle with Ticats receiver Dave Stala, calling him “hacky sack boy” leading up to a game between Winnipeg and Hamilton.
GM Joe Mack, being the history buff that he is, dug deep when informing the media he made the wrong choice when hiring LaPolice two and a half years ago.
“An infinitely more intelligent person than me, Abraham Lincoln, during the American Civil War, went through seven field generals until he got to Ulysses S. Grant,” Mack said. “It just goes to show you really don’t know what somebody’s going to be able to function like as a leader until they’re actually in that situation.”
Tim Burke was asked Saturday what skills he has that he will use now that he’s the head coach of the Bombers.
“If you want a team to have the personality of the head coach, I would hope they would all become overachievers, competitiveness and drive and not settling for second best,” he said.
The Bomber defence has been one of the league’s best since the Bombers hired Burke last off-season.
NOT SO FAST
LaPolice’s mid-season firing is the 57th such canning in the CFL since 1956. If you think it motivates the team to go out and get a win, think again.
Since Calgary became the first team to fire a coach in the middle of the season, canning Jack Hennemeir nine games into the 1956 season, teams are 25-31 in the first game after their coach got the pink slip.
The last time it happened was last season, when the Roughriders fired Greg Marshall and replaced him with Ken Miller for the Labour Day Classic. The Riders beat the Bombers 27-7 in Miller’s first game back at the helm.