WINNIPEG - What’s so funny?
If you’re reading this without being able to see the picture, it’s a still shot of injured Bombers defensive tackle Brandon Collier laughing hard with 1:19 to go in Friday’s 44-3 loss to the Calgary Stampeders.
Collier, who left the game in the first quarter with a leg injury, is in the background, while glum interim head coach Tim Burke is in the foreground, wondering what he did to deserve his current lot in life.
TSN also apparently showed Bombers quarterbacks Joey Elliott and Alex Brink having a chuckle in the fourth quarter as well.
The image of Collier busting a gut while the team was getting blown out was a hot topic on Saturday, as the anger of Bombers fans has hit heights it hasn’t reached in years. It even had the voice of the Bombers, CJOB’s Bob Irving, wondering what’s going on.
“Still in a state of disbelief over what I saw last night,” Irving tweeted on Saturday morning. “Players laughing on the sidelines? Morons.”
The laughing doesn’t bother everyone, as there are those who will say sometimes you just have to laugh during a dire situation, but those are bad optics when your team is 2-9. It’s not the first time it’s happened this season, either, as The Sun witnessed several Bomber offensive linemen laughing with four minutes to go in Winnipeg’s 52-0 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Labour Day Classic.
The inappropriate giggles haven’t happened only on the sideline. The locker-room this season hasn’t been as quiet after losses as it has been in recent years. The veterans are usually quiet and slumped in their lockers, but some rookies don’t seem as affected by the losing.