Blue Bombers paranoia alive and well

Bombers offensive co-ordinator Marcel Bellefeuille is no fan of the media taking pictures and...

Bombers offensive co-ordinator Marcel Bellefeuille is no fan of the media taking pictures and videos during practices. (Chris Procaylo/QMI Agency)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:33 AM ET

WINNIPEG - I first noticed the change about a week ago, thinking it was just another product of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers rocky relationship with the media.

And a sign that paranoia is alive and well in the coaching fraternity.

It was a single line added to the team’s practice schedule, e-mailed to the media every week: “Still photography of practice can begin at 12:35 a.m.”

For the first time, the Bombers were starting to limit the time photographers can shoot the team’s workouts.

The shooting of video has been limited for a few years, now. We have former coach Mike Kelly to thank for that.

The Professor implemented that little pain-in-the-butt in 2009, and it stuck. His only innovation to do so, I might add.

The video policy stems from coaches’ fear of team secrets, maybe a fake kick or trick play, getting out to an opponent.

But still photos?

It turns out the additional restriction was offensive co-ordinator Marcel Bellefeuille’s idea.


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