Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 07/26/2013 6:16 PM | Comments: 0
Last Modified: 07/26/2013 7:08 PM | Updates
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will have more than just two points in the standings on their mind when they host the Calgary Stampeders Friday night at Investors Group Field.
Today is the second anniversary of the passing of much-beloved Bombers assistant coach Richard Harris and club officials and players have spent much of Friday tweeting memoriams in honour of Harris, who died suddenly of a heart attack July 26, 2011 in his office at the old Canad Inns Stadium.
"RIP Coach Harris. ‘Morning Big Blue,’ " Bombers defenisve lineman Bryant Turner tweeted, referencing the thunderous greeting Harris delivered at the start of every Bombers practice.
Turner was a protegé of Harris, who was also the club’s defensive line coach, and the 1-3 Bombers will need a big performance from their Front 4 tonight if they are going to beat the 3-1 Stampeders, who are riding a seven-game winning streak against Winnipeg that goes all the way back to July 2009.
The Bombers will need a big push along the line of scrimmage to shut down Calgary tailback Jon Cornish — who is second in the league in rushing — and also get pressure on the Calgary quarterback.
Who that Calgary quarterback will be still remained a closely guarded question until just an hour before kickoff, when word leaked out that Bo Levi Mitchell would start tonight for the Stamps.
Although injured Stamps starter Drew Tate did take some first-team reps in practice on Wednesday, it was expected the Stamps would go with their third-stringer in Mitchell tonight.
Mitchell will be making his first-ever professional start, just like Bombers starting QB Justin Goltz, who gets the nod tonight instead of regular starter Buck Pierce.
The Bombers game-time scratches are RB Will Ford, DT Marquis Frazier, OL Chris Kowalczuk and WR Doug Pierce.
The game is being broadcast live on TSN and CJOB.
Updated on Friday, July 26, 2013 at 7:08 PM CDT: corrects typo in headline.
Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories? Please use the form below and let us know.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
Multiple emergency vehicles respond to semi-trailer truck crash on west Perimeter Hwy
Dealer sentenced to 7 years for beating death of customer
Fraud line's number kept under wraps
Fans name Ken Ploen best Blue Bombers quarterback
Legendary folk artist Buffy Sainte-Marie is cautiously optimistic about CMHR
NDP forces debate on aboriginal women
Goodell: 'Same mistakes can never be repeated'
Canadian Museum for Human Rights officially open
Convicted killer on the loose after violating parole
Polar bear exhibit's underwater tunnel temporarily shut after bears chew into silicone
Steeves challenges opponents on paying for BRT
Laptop stolen from HSC office held patients' information
An emotional journey
Canada's top court rules against banks
Winnipeg School Division trustee wants minister to look into school bus problems
Burke weighs in on NFL domestic abuse scandal
Scots reject independence in historic vote
CEO Sleepout raises $210K, awareness for homeless plight
Alibaba stock soars in jubilant trading debut
Jets training camp kicks off
U of M alumna, now UN ombudsperson, to speak Monday
Tribe Called Red cancelled performance over use of word genocide
Travel biz pleads for regulation
Surprisingly warm morning, but showers likely
Man charged after sexual assaults in 2010, 2013
Look and touch
New ideas, but little in major policies
Maurice has influence, pedigree to make Winnipeg a contender
Manitoba's wholesale numbers up in July
Manitoba sees no change in inflation rate
Liam Neeson perfectly captures crime novelist's troubled gumshoe
Diagnosing our health care
Floods shut down Philippine capital, 3 killed
France joins US against Islamic State over Iraq