Argos 29, Bombers 10

- September 30th, 2012

Any hope of the Bombers making the playoffs went poof on Saturday night at Canad Inns Stadium. At 3-10, the Bombers are guaranteed to have a losing season for the second time in three years with GM Joe Mack at the helm and for the fourth time in the last five years.

A few post-game thoughts …

• Let’s get this out of the way first: The Bombers didn’t lose the game because Buck Pierce got hurt. This one was another team effort. Seven turnovers, bad penalties and allowing a backup quarterback making his first start in more than two years (Jarious Jackson) to do enough to help his team jump out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter were the primary reasons for this loss.

• Pierce took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Argos linebacker Brandon Isaac, who will be facing a fine or possibly a suspension for the second time this season. Those kind of hits have to be eliminated from the game, and Isaac, who is gaining a reputation as a cheap-shot artist, knows better.

• It sure looks like Pierce has a concussion after that hit. The shot of him on the sideline with a shaky left hand was the most disturbing. TSN panelists Milt Stegall and Matt Dunigan, who knows a thing or two about concussions, said after the game that Buck should retire. Whoa. It’s a little too soon for that statement to be made.

• Pierce has admitted to having only one concussion in his football career, even though he’s left games with a head injury three times before Saturday night. The only time he’s been diagnosed with a concussion was on Aug. 14, 2009, when he took a hit from Toronto’s Claude Harriott. He missed the next three games. According to The Province, Pierce had concussion-like symptoms on five occasions during his time with the B.C. Lions.

• One question that has to be asked is why didn’t the Bombers training staff check Pierce a little more closely after he took the head shot?

• I had a chat with Brandon Stewart after the game, and he claims he didn’t do anything to deserve his objectionable conduct penalty that kept Toronto’s game-opening touchdown drive alive. Apparently Alex Suber was the one trash talking with the Argos receiver, so Stewart believes maybe the official heard Suber. Apparently the N-word was said, which led to the flag. Regardless, the Bombers are 3-10. They need to shut their yaps and just play football.

• I asked Cory Watson how the Bombers could fall behind 21-0 after picking up so much momentum last week. “Do you want my real opinion on that? Really? I’ll skip that one.” Glenn January also refused comment to my colleague, Paul Friesen, when asked about the team’s slow starts. This is just a guess, but they’re either upset with the defence or the play calling.

• Either way, that just goes to show how the situation is not that great in the Bomber locker-room right now.

• For the record, the Bombers handed the ball off to Chad Simpson once in their first 18 offensive plays. Seriously?

• Backup quarterback Joey Elliott completed 20 of 30 passes, but it was another outing for him to forget as he served up three interceptions in the end zone in the fourth quarter. I realize he was pressing, but he hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass in his last four games with significant playing time.

• That’s why Pierce can’t retire. The Bombers don’t have anyone waiting in the wings like the Argos have Jarious Jackson. The quarterback plan right now is Buck or bust.

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