Ed Tait

  • A pooch's present

    The following is a true story. If your Christmas tales are ripped straight from the pages of a holiday classic -- stockings hung by the chimney with care, etc. -- then here is your last chance to bail on my little yarn. Yes, the details of my favourite Christmas moment hardly make it the stuff of a Hallmark holiday movie. It has nothing to do with the best gift I ever found under the tree or laughing all the way in a one-horse open sleigh.
  • Gaining altitude

    The hockey world was unimpressed at the 10-game mark, giving the Winnipeg Jets a collective shrug of the shoulders early in their 2014-15 season. At the 20-game mark, some started to take notice, but just barely.
  • Not good enough to get cocky

    IT'S an interesting question, given the playoff drought that has followed this franchise from its days in Atlanta to three-plus years Winnipeg. It goes like this: How does this Jets squad - 4-0-1 in its last five; 13-5-4 since opening the season with four losses in the first five games - not get all fat and sassy with itself?
  • Defence holds strong

    No one will dare suggest the Winnipeg Jets should begin printing playoff tickets, that Dustin Byfuglien is suddenly a Norris Trophy candidate and Ben Chiarot should hire an architect to design his new mansion on Wellington Crescent. But what the Jets served up Friday night in a thorough 6-2 spanking of the Colorado Avalanche in downtown Winnipeg -- even as a teeny-tiny sample size -- was enough to at least temper some of the angst that came a day earlier when their defensive corps took three swift kicks to the knackers.
  • Pity the young Bomber fans

    If you were born on Nov. 26, 1990 and are a fan of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, our sincerest and deepest condolences. History tells us, after all, the last Bomber championship was won one day earlier, on Nov. 25, 1990, in a 50-11 thrashing of the Edmonton Eskimos at BC Place. And, just for the record, the videotape evidence of that game is now looking as grainy and ancient as the Zapruder film.
  • Can the (nearly) new boss lead the Jets to the post-season?

    The curtain lifted on the 2014-15 NHL season Wednesday night with 30 teams all fixated on chasing one prize: the Stanley Cup. Now, it's right about here that many seem obligated to spit out the party lines about parity, about everybody starting at zero. It's here where the references to the Colorado Avalanche -- who went from worst to first in the Central Division last year -- are to have us believe everybody is all-in on this pursuit of glory.
  • Five storylines: Roughriders' rowdy O-line owns the line of scrimmage each game

    1. Stopping the pile pushers
    They don’t show up as the feature performers on any highlight-of-the-night packages. They aren’t gyrating in the end zone with a choreographed touchdown dance. And no potato chip or cereal box companies have slapped their likenesses on their packaging.
  • Blue could learn from Green

    This is going to hurt, Winnipeg Blue Bomber fans. It's going to hurt like a root canal, an anvil dropping on a foot and a spinal tap combined. But after watching the Saskatchewan Roughriders exit the annual Labour Day Classic with their 10th straight win Sunday afternoon in Regina, it's certainly worth tossing this out for discussion:
  • Bombers exorcise demons

    It's an image that still causes many to vigorously give their head a shake and rub their eyes before a second look. Right there in the black and white of the CFL standings are the Winnipeg Blue Bombers atop the West Division with a 5-1 record. This is the same organization, it bears reminding here, that won all of three games last season and was an absolutely pathetic 9-27 over the last two seasons.
  • Lacklustre Blue didn't help their bottom line

    Three thoughts and three dots.... 1. A MID-SUMMER NIGHT'S NIGHTMARE...
  • Five storylines

    1. NASTY STAINS IN THE CARPET

    The Bombers' quick turnaround to open 2014 -- their 3-0 start means they have already matched last season's measly win total -- is a heckuva story. In fact, next to the return of football to Ottawa, it might be THE biggest CFL story to start this campaign.

  • The pipes, the pipes are calling

    IT wasn’t too long ago — roundabout the winter of 2011-12 during the Winnipeg Jets’ triumphant return to these parts — when Ondrej Pavelec could have walked into just about any restaurant in town and exited without opening his wallet. The big Czech netminder was the Jets’ best player on many nights in Year 1, posting a 29-28-9 record and kicking out 1,845 shots — fifth-most in the National Hockey League.
  • On a (right) wing and a prayer

    If there was one sign that would best represent the right-wing position with the Winnipeg Jets, it would be painted in black and yellow and feature two words: "Under Construction."
  • Blue's McManus loves challenge of new gig

    It wouldn't have shown up anywhere on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' training camp practice film. But let the record show one of the most-impressive passes thrown through the early days of camp was an absolutely perfect spiral that covered 50 yards after simple a flick of a 48-year-old ex-quarterback's wrist.
  • Goossen having a Blue blast

    It's not THE story of the first few days of Winnipeg Blue Bombers training camp. No, offensive linemen seldom draw much attention, especially when there is a new coach and quarterback in town to grab all the headlines. But one of the most intriguing developments through two days of main camp -- and three rookie sessions before that -- has been what the Bombers have seen in centre Matthias Goossen, their first pick, second overall, in the 2014 CFL Draft.
  • Willy or won't he?

    It's no simple task trying to restore the shine on something that has been so badly neglected for so long. And so when Kyle Walters, Mike O'Shea & Co. rolled up their sleeves this winter and got to really addressing the mess that is the Winnipeg Blue Bombers -- not slapping Band-aids on festering wounds, as was often the case late last season -- the challenge must have seemed, at times, almost overwhelming.
  • World's best can't beat Canada

    Try as he might, and as much as giving up a late goal must have made him curse, John Herdman, the head knock of Canada's national women's soccer team, just couldn't stop grinning. And with good reason.
  • The gaps and the cap

    Imagine the frustration -- let alone the pure anguish -- of putting down a ton of cash on a horse only to see it hobble to the finish line, one beast after another passing it and kicking up mud in its face along the way. The Winnipeg Jets-in-name-only squad that fell 1-0 to the Minnesota Wild Monday night was without a pile of regulars, including captain Andrew Ladd, Dustin Byfuglien, Mark Scheifele, Chris Thorburn, James Wright, Zach Bogosian, Keaton Ellerby, Grant Clitsome and Al Montoya.
  • Could Monty be No. 1?

    AL MONTOYA has spent 10 years as a professional puckstopper, kicking out saves for three different NHL teams, three minor-league squads and, on several occasions, in the red, white and blue of the good ol' USA. But somewhere along the way -- likely between being traded twice by NHL teams and suffering through myriad injuries before signing dirt-cheap as a free agent with the Winnipeg Jets -- the former first-round draft pick has been typecast as a backup.
  • What's next in Jetsville?

    They last broke a sweat in a game some 19 days ago in St. Louis, just shortly before four of their own began their chase for Olympic glory and others disappeared to warmer climes. So just to rewind, when we last saw the Winnipeg Jets in action they were playing their best hockey of the season, obviously energized by a coaching change and with confidence levels soaring.
  • Soar or nosedive in second half?

    Shake off the lingering after-effects of holiday indulgence -- the turkey and trimmings, the eggnog, the frankincense and myrrh -- and gather around the newspaper, Winnipeg Jets fans. Yes, as much as the first chunk of the season has served up more disappointment than glory, there remains plenty of time -- what with 52.4 per cent of their National Hockey League season left -- for this confounding squad to get back into the playoff conversation...
  • QB carousel is ready to spin

    A quick glance at the calendar reveals Christmas -- that holy and wondrous day of celebration, gift-giving and receiving -- is just nine days away. And while Winnipeg Blue Bombers fans are giddily rubbing their hands together for a spiffy new starting quarterback to be magically delivered under the tree, they might have to wait until well into the new year to have their wishes granted.
  • Jets return home from road trip with a few knocks in the engine; perhaps a little maintenance is all that's needed

    Funny thing about pit stops, like the one the Winnipeg Jets have pulled in for following their quick tour of their new Central Division neighbourhood: Sometimes when the ol' jalopy checks in and gets a quick once over from the pit crew all it takes is a little tinkering here and there to get the car purring for the next few laps. And on other occasions when the hood is popped open, some serious uh-ohs are discovered.
  • Talk about a tough sell

    Sometime in the next few months the good folks in the Winnipeg Blue Bombers marketing department will put their aching heads together and begin tossing around ideas for what will easily be the toughest gig in all of professional sports: Coming up with a catchy phrase to sell the 2014 edition of your local football squad.
  • Bombers' pitch must be perfect to woo fans next season

    Sometime in the next few months the good folks in the Winnipeg Blue Bombers marketing department will put their aching heads together and begin tossing around ideas for what will easily be the toughest gig in all of professional sports: Coming up with a catchy phrase to sell the 2014 edition of your local football squad.

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