Tiger-Cats 28, Bombers 18

- October 27th, 2012

The Bombers watched their post-season hopes officially die on Saturday afternoon in the final game at Ivor Wynne Stadium. It was basically a matter of time before that happened, but now maybe the healing can begin for the Bombers and their fans.

Once again, it was a litany of problems for the Blue and Gold that led to their demise on Saturday. A terrible start, a lack of discipline, injuries to key players and general poor play did them in once again. It’s like a broken record with these guys.

That’s not to say we didn’t see it coming. I gave the Bombers an off-season grade of D after they watched a lot of veteran talent walk out the door and didn’t replace it. I actually thought they would win more than six games, which is the most they can get if they beat Montreal next weekend, but they managed to underachieve even more than that.

The Buck Pierce debate will continue to rage for the next few days and beyond. He got hurt for the fourth time in seven starts on Saturday, and this time it an injured throwing shoulder that did him in late in the first quarter. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Unless you can find someone better, you can’t just dump Pierce. If Joey Elliott or Alex Brink come to camp next year and beat him out, then that will be a positive event for the franchise. But if they don’t, what choice do the Bombers have? They can’t get rid of him just yet, although I understand the frustration of fans.

In the bigger picture, the question is this: What should the Bombers do with GM Joe Mack? The Bombers are 19-34 under his watch, and the team hasn’t exactly gotten better since he fired Paul LaPolice in August. Mack had a bad off-season last year, and he has a 5-12 record to show for it. He has two years left on his contract, but the numbers speak for themselves. If upper management wants to fire him, they have plenty of justification to do so.

The bottom line is this franchise is at one of its lowest points since I started covering the team in 2003. The Jim Daley crew of 2005 was not good, and the Mike Kelly squad of 2009 wasn’t much better, but there seems to be a real lack of hope with the franchise right now. Their quarterback situation is an absolute mess, and there is a lack of belief in the team’s leadership.

Bomber fans better hope this is rock bottom, because it’s hard to imagine things getting much worse than they are right now.

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  1. negative kirk penton says:

    at least the article isn’t too negative

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