Nowhere to go but up for Bombers

Drew Willy will handle the quarterbacking duties as the Bombers try for a fresh start in Thursday's...

Drew Willy will handle the quarterbacking duties as the Bombers try for a fresh start in Thursday's game against the Argos. (Brian Donogh/QMI Agency)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:42 PM ET

WINNIPEG - It was two days after the Grey Cup last November when your humble correspondent went to read to Grade 1 and 2 students at Oakenwald School.

During a question and answer period with the visiting sports reporter, a young man put up his hand, wanting to know if what he had heard the day before was true: “My dad said the Roughriders are the winners and the Bombers aren’t allowed to play football anymore.”

Yes, the 2013 season was indeed that bad for the Blue and Gold. They tied their worst record in an 18-game campaign, mustering just three wins, and Investors Group Field had become a ghost town by the end of it.

The good news for Bomber fans is there’s (probably) nowhere to go but up. To answer that young man’s question, the CFL did allow the Bombers to remain in the league, and they even have them kicking off the 81-game schedule on Thursday night against the Toronto Argonauts at IGF in an old East Division clash.


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