Stampeders 44, Bombers 3

- September 15th, 2012

CALGARY — Well, the Bombers have reached a new low in 2012.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse than their 42-10 loss in Edmonton in mid-July, it did with a 52-0 loss in the Labour Day Classic. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse than the Labour Day Classic, it did with Friday’s 44-3 loss to the Calgary Stampeders.

Of course the point differential wasn’t as bad on Friday as it was in Regina two weeks ago, but the fact the Bombers have been obliterated three times this season speaks volumes.

There’s not much to say, really.  The Bombers are going to struggle until better players are brought in. Buck Pierce should be able to provide a boost when he returns to the lineup next Friday against Hamilton. Then again, everyone is beating up on Hamilton these days, so good timing on his part.

A few more thoughts from Friday’s blowout loss …

• Joey Elliott said he wasn’t sure why he was pulled late in the second quarter. I’m guessing it had something to do with the fact he hadn’t thrown a touchdown pass in nearly FOUR games.

• I’m sorry to all their supporters out there, but Elliott and Alex Brink have had plenty of time to show they belong in the CFL. Drew Willy and even Bo Levi Mitchell look more comfortable under centre, for crying out loud.

• Brandon Collier, who left in the first half with a leg injury, was seen laughing behind head coach Tim Burke on the TSN broadcast late in the game. Members of Winnipeg’s offensive line were also chuckling late in the Labour Day Classic loss. I don’t think you have to be stone-faced during an entire blowout, but it doesn’t look good when you’re giggling while down by 41. (For the record, the offensive linemen told me they were laughing because “it was so bad it was funny.”)

• Jovon Johnson was candid during his post-game interview, saying he hasn’t played as well as he expected to this season. At least he seems mad about it, which couldn’t be said for everybody in the Bomber locker-room after the game.

• It’s not Johnson’s fault that he’s struggling at SAM linebacker. It’s the brass’ fault for cutting Clint Kent before the season. He was a quiet leader, too. He would definitely help right about now.

• I mentioned this in my game story, but Buck Pierce should have started the game. It’s ridiculous that he didn’t.

• It was interesting to hear Ian Logan say the Bombers were probably too aggressive on Calgary’s fake field goal that resulted in a Rob Cote touchdown. I tried to ask Kyle Walters about it, but he declined. Logan also said the Bombers lined up incorrectly, which doesn’t sound too surprising either.

• Chad Simpson has been Winnipeg’s hardest-working player this season. Talk about a true pro. He had 13 carries for 86 yards and fought for each and every one of them. A few players in that locker-room could learn a thing or two by watching him.

• Isaac Anderson, in his pro debut, dropped what would have been Winnipeg’s first touchdown in more than 12 quarters, but it wasn’t the greatest pass in the world either. Alex Brink threw it well behind Anderson, who still probably could have made the grab.

• Keon Raymond is claiming he got a hand on Brink’s next pass, which went through the hands of Cory Watson in the end zone. That looked like another one that should’ve been caught, although head coach Tim Burke said Watson wasn’t feeling 100% after the game.

• The Bombers have lost four in a row for the second time this season. They’ve lost five in a row only once since 2000, and that happened two years ago during the 4-14 season.

• You can find my game column here, and beneath that are a few video interviews I did following the game.

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