Bombers invade Steeltown

- October 26th, 2012

HAMILTON — The Bombers flew to Toronto on Friday morning and then took the bus down to Steeltown for their afternoon walk-through, while the Ticats were on the field on Friday morning.

Here’s what is happening …

• The most interesting sight of the day was Bombers slotback Terrence Edwards getting off the bus with a walking boot on his aching foot. He insisted he’s just trying to get it ready for Saturday’s game. I can only imagine in horror the size of the needle that will go into his foot just before kickoff.

• There were a handful of Ticat greats at Ivor Wynne on Friday. Joe Montford, Garney Henley, Earl Winfield and Grover Covington came out to do interviews about their Ivor Wynne memories. They all looked to be in great shape, and Hamilton head coach George Cortez joked that his team could use them on Saturday.

• TSN’s Chris Cuthbert was shooting the breeze with the Winnipeg media when the subject of year-end awards came up. What we determined is there are fewer slam dunks than normal, even when it comes to each team’s winners. There is no clear most outstanding player, and the top Canadian race between Andrew Harris and Jon Cornish could go either way. One interesting name that came out for MOP was Calgary’s Nik Lewis. That’s not a bad idea. He’s pretty good.

• Bombers head coach Tim Burke said he is “significantly worried” about his banged up defensive line. Jason Vega (toe) and Kenny Mainor (lower body) are out of the lineup, while regular tackle Bryant Turner will play defensive end while dealing with a tender ankle. “We’ve gotta do a better job in coverage so our D-line has more time to get to the quarterback,” Burke said. The good news for the Bombers is the Ticats are missing their two key veterans on the offensive line. Marwan Hage and Peter Dyakowski are both out with injuries.

• Ticats middle linebacker Rey Williams on Friday called Bombers tailback Chad Simpson the best running back in the league, which isn’t that much of a stretch. He’s averaging six yards per carry, which is better than rushing leader Jon Cornish and Kory Sheets, who is second, and he’s tough to bring down. Simpson didn’t disagree with Williams, which makes sense.

• The Ticats have the CFL’s second best offence, trailing only the B.C. Lions.

• The forecast calls for a 100% chance of rain on Saturday. If that’s not enough, it’s also supposed to be 5 C with a northeast wind. Sounds lovely.

• The Bombers ran the ball 43 times last week in their win over Toronto. Those were the most carries by a team in one game since Saskatchewan had 43 in a 2002 contest.

• The Ticats expect to destroy Ivor Wynne in December and then open their new park on the same site for the start of the 2014 season. That might sound a little rushed to Bomber fans, who had to endure a 12-month delay with Investors Group Field, but there is apparently little concern that it will get done in such a short period of time. Also, the new Pan Am Stadium won’t be as fancy as IGF.

• Finally, I videotaped a guided tour of the infamous Ivor Wynne visitors’ locker-room with Bombers long snapper Chris Cvetkovic on Friday. He provided some good commentary, and here is the link to the video.

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