Bombers need early wake-up call

Jovon Johnson and the Bombers have not had a winning streak of any kind since August of 2011

Jovon Johnson and the Bombers have not had a winning streak of any kind since August of 2011

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:23 PM ET

GUELPH, ONT. - The Bombers and Ticats will kick off at 1 p.m. EDT on Saturday at Alumni Stadium, which means both teams are going to have to wake up and get going faster than they normally would on game day.

That could be bad news for the Bombers, who are slow starters already. They usually start playing at around 7:45 for 7 o'clock kickoffs, so what's going to happen on Saturday when they have to get going even sooner than that?

The Bombers are 3-17 since the start of last season when the opponent scores first, and they are 4-1 when they put the first points on the board.

Ticats head coach Kent Austin made sure to tell his players to be ready for the early afternoon kickoff.

"What we've told our players is to be aware of the fact that you're not used to that time and to not be sleepy," Austin said. "Do not wake up in a fog, get yourself up, get yourself going, take a cold shower and get ready to play.

"It is going to feel differently because we haven't played at that time, and it's our job to not let that be a distraction or be a hindrance to our preparation."


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