Bombers have to put up or shut up

Bombers quarterback Drew Willy (right) walks off the field after giving up a interception touchdown...

Bombers quarterback Drew Willy (right) walks off the field after giving up a interception touchdown to Roughriders' Terrell Maze (centre) during second half CFL action in Winnipeg on Aug. 7, 2014. (Fred Greenslade/Reuters)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:22 PM ET

WINNIPEG - The more I think about it, the less impressed I am with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' last game.

Not that the Bombers were horrible at home against the Saskatchewan Roughriders last Thursday.

Heck, they gave the ball away half a dozen times and still hung in there with the defending Grey Cup champs, losing by an unconverted touchdown.

But can a team be taken seriously as a contender by "hanging in there" against an opponent who'd just spent a week on the road and was playing twice in five days?

The Riders had played in Ottawa the previous Saturday and didn't bother going home.

This is a serious disruption to a the usual military-like routine of a football team.

Toss in the distraction caused by suspended receiver Taj Smith -- allegedly busy visiting a strip club and violating the conditions of his release following an assault charge from a year ago -- and Gang Green had every reason to be off its game.


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