Saturday, September 15, 2012

Burke's Bumbling Bombers Hit Bottom

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers were blasted by the Calgary Stampeders last night 44 to 3 and that score flattered the Blue as Calgary took their feet off the pedal about midway through the second quarter. If I didn't know it it was 2012, I would think that Tom Petty wrote his hit Free falling after this team, which has one foot out the door and the other stuck in the mud.

I always believe things are never as bad as they seem but last night was an awful display of football on all 3 sides of the ball. There are players that care but the impression the team gives is that too many do not care and it could be that they are smarter than Tim Burke (who questioned their intelligence last week) gives them credit for. They may realize that the coaching and management are the main causes for this mess . These are professional players, many who played for solid US college programs such as Iowa, Purdue, Auburn, Texas and Florida State.

The Bombers may lack talent in many areas to win but they should be more competitive than they are. They are a team without direction. They lack a plan or a mission. The team has some talent but no chemistry and no glue to bind a team. This falls directly on management who failed to put the right pieces of the puzzle in place.

The firing of Paul Lapolice has only exacerbated the problems and it won't get better even if they beat Hamilton. Time Burke cannot right this ship with Gary Crowton directing an offense that hasn't scored a TD in 3 games. The fact Crowton still has his job after last night shows just how muddy the waters really are in the 'Peg. Moreover, the defense looks lost without Burke up in the booth. Joe Mack made a cold and calculated move when he fired Lapo. He wanted to save his job but it appears instead of doing that he has made a move that should hasten his exit from the mess he created.

On the other side of the ball you have the Stamps who suffered through their own 'self made' adversity as they traded all star QB Henry Burris to Hamilton and put their season on the shoulders of the inexperienced but talented Drew Tate. Tate promptly got injured leaving former Bomber, Kevin Glenn at the controls. They also hit the wall in week 3 when John Cornish called out his teammates on the o-line. They responded by blocking the hearts out for him the following game and last night without two key offensive cogs, Romby Bryant and Arjeia Franklin(also former bombers) they still pounded the Bombers.

Calgary has flourished after their adversity by winning 4 games in a row. This all under the watchful eye of former Bomber, Lyle Bauer. Whereas the Bombers have not regained their composure and are the laughing stock of the league finding new ways to hit rock bottom each and every week.

So the questions that Winnipegers face is why should they care about the rest of the season and why should they invest their time let alone hard earned money into a team that has no direction and lacks heart? There are no right or wrong answers to those questions but there is one solution and as the TSN panel put it is for the Bombers to 'man up' or just get up from off the ground and show that they care and are not resting on the good will (if there is any left) that the franchise has built.

Article by Sportmentary's Winnipeg correspondent, The Comish.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Can the Blue Bombers get any worse?

I'm Not Sure
I don't care. I've checked out.

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