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
Report shows government failure: First Nation
Accused killer tries to plead guilty again
Sentencing in child-abduction trial could be broadcast
Greaves returning to Bombers lineup
Senator who hired girlfriend pleads case
Fringe candidates get attention they deserve
PMO defends recognition of Casgrain
Crash kills Flin Flon man
Fighting in Ukraine prompts residents to flee
Fixation with constant suburban growth slammed
Canadian prof killed in car in Florida:911 call
US Court: Virginia marriage is for all lovers
UN chief reinforces call for Gaza cease-fire
OurWinnipeg planning report to be followed, says mayoral candidate
Bank of Cda makes molehill from mountain
'Lucy' smacks down 'Hercules' in box office bout
Bail hearing waived in 2012 Quebec election shooting
Build-first strategy bearing fruit
New weather stations to help flood forecasters and farmers
Toronto man faces child porn charges
Finance memo flags Bitcoin crime potential
Suspect dead, 2 marshals and cop wounded in NYC
Record crowd flocks to fringe
Gloves off in hockey player fight lawsuit
Growing movement to treat PTSD in responders
England cricketer Moeen in Gaza protest
Israeli PM warns of prolonged campaign in Gaza war
Key controversies in new bank notes
Canada's Lacroix golden at Commonwealth Games
The Situation agrees to anger management classes
Canada's Frizell wins gold in hammer throw
SC mom's arrest sparks child care debate
Preview of Folklorama at News Café today
Astronaut landing at the Concert Hall in December
House says US airlines can advertise pre-tax fares
FAA proposes to fine Southwest Airlines $12M
New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare
911 call reveals unusual home intruder - a snake
Sunny, warm week in the forecast