Remember the last game of the 2009 season, when the Hamilton Tiger-Cats celebrated the Bombers ouster from playoff contention by climbing into that new tub in the north end of the stadium last season? Funny stuff. I used that photo as my desktop wallpaper for the longest time.
Players who remain in Blue and Gold from that time may use that image to get ready for Friday’s season opener against those Ticats – motivation or revenge, take your pick – but the previous encounter between Winnipeg and Hamilton will have no bearing on the new Bombers coaches. That’s not really surprising, is it? Different time, different men in change.
"We can’t really use the past as motivation. I don’t think that’s a recipe for success," head coach Paul LaPolice calmly said.
Not really surprising that LaPolice wouldn’t go there. He has done everything possible to separate himself from the Mike Kelly era, whether its throwing water on potentially combustible questions comparing philosophies or even personnel from a year ago, so no eyebrows were raised when he refused to take the bait on how last season ended.
Other notes from practice today:
• The Bomber released import receiver David Ball today. He could end up on the practice roster, though. Speaking of the taxi squad, WR Chris Davis has been promoted off that list to the 46-man active roster, while OL Carlton Medder, who was previously on the disabled list, also moves to the P.R. Got all that?
• The new CFL-CFLPA collective agreement was released today. Much of the talk about the four-year CBA revolves around the drug testing policy. Some think it’s one of the harsher tests out there on the pro sports landscape, while others think it could show a little more teeth. It should be noted: Recreational drugs are not on the list, only performance enhancers. What do you think? Is it tough enough? Click here to take a look.
• Was that Thaine Carter running through the ladder with injured DB Clint Kent at practice today? It sure was. The non-import linebacker was released by the club last week but has been hanging around due to a groin injury. The Bombers are on the hook to get him healthy before he can find other work. That won’t be in Winnipeg, though. LaPolice said Carter is not in the club’s plans right now.
• It looks like Brandon Stewart and Alex Suber will be the Bombers halfbacks in the secondary for Friday’s game. Both took first-team reps, alongside Jovon Johnson and LaVar Glover, during practice. In the media scrum afterward, LaPolice would not confirm his starting secondary.
• Eight former Manitoba Bison players will be with CFL clubs in some capacity when the season gets going Thursday. Two of those, DB Brady Browne and DL Don Oramasionwu, are with the Bombers. The others are as follows: DB Wes Lysack, Calgary Stampeders; DE Justin Cooper, Edmonton Eskimos; K Jamie Boreham, Toronto Argonauts; LB Cory Huclack, Saskatchewan Roughriders (practice roster); DL Jordan Matechuk and DL Eddie Steele, Hamilton Tiger-Cats (practice roster).