Alouettes and Bombers on tap

- October 7th, 2012

MONTREAL — Around this time last year, a match-up between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Montreal Alouettes would have had first-place implications in the East Division.

Guess you could say it does this year as well, but certainly not for the Blue Bombers, who limp into the third of four meetings this season with a lousy record of 3-10. It looks like the road to the East Division final is going to go through Montreal again this year, but they’ll need to hold off the Toronto Argonauts, who are just one game behind the Alouettes with five games left to go.

The Alouettes were saying all the right things about not taking the Blue Bombers for granted and the Blue Bombers were saying all the right things about doing what they can to salvage the season.

Had a chance to speak with Als DC Jeff Reinebold this afternoon with two other members of the Winnipeg media. We had tried to do the same earlier but Reinebold was banned from speaking to the media during the opening third of the CFL season.

Thankfully, the ban was lifted and Reinebold made it worth our wait. He was outstanding, reminiscing about his time in Winnipeg as head coach and mentioning that he’s a member of the Blue Bombers alumni association and feels for the passionate fans in the city for the tough season they’re enduring.

Read the story here: http://www.winnipegsun.com/2012/10/07/reinebold-feeling-blue-for-bombers

One of the other lines of questioning we found interesting was when a Montreal print reporter asked Blue Bombers vet Terrence Edwards if he ever wondered what it might have been like if he had stayed with the Alouettes instead of joining the Winnipeg Football Club as a free agent in 2007?

“I played in two Grey Cups since I left and lost two,” said Edwards. “I think I’ve had a great career and it was the best thing for me to showcase my talents. I have no regrets at all and I’m happy with how my career has went by. I’m happy for the way it turned out. I love Montreal, but I also think Winnipeg is the best place for me.”

Blue Bombers receiver Cory Watson has been in a bit of a funk when it comes to being a big part of the offence — since making 10 catches for 105 yards back on Aug. 16, he has 13 catches for 125 yards, well off the numbers he was expected to produce since last year’s breakout season.

“First of all, it starts with me personally,” said Watson, who has 32 catches for 315 yards and one touchdown in nine games. “Regardless of what the team is going through, I have to find a way to really up my game and better my game. The difficulties I’ve come across this season are difficulties I need to learn from. I won’t use it as an excuse, but it’s early in my career. I have time to really learn from it and grow from it and try to be a better professional.”

Be sure to catch our game-day tee-up package at www.winnipegsun.com and in the paper on Thanksgiving Monday.

Here are the five things the Blue Bombers must do to try and beat the Alouettes on Monday: http://www.winnipegsun.com/2012/10/07/five-things-bombers-need-to-do-to-beat-the-alouettes

As usual, it’s prediction time here and while we expect the Blue Bombers to put forth a more inspired effort, the Alouettes are motivated to bounce back from last week’s defeat to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and will improve on their impressive 6-1 record at Percival Molson Stadium.

Alouettes 27 Blue Bombers 13

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