Ed Tait

  • 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.
  • This rivalry could get really Wild

    ST. PAUL, MINN. -- It's late -- not last-call late, but a good 90 minutes after the Minnesota Wild have edged the Winnipeg Jets in pre-season action -- when a couple of visiting newspaper hacks exit the Xcel Energy Center looking for a cab. Spying one at a watering hole right across the street, the pair hustle over just in time to overhear the following from inside the packed joint...
  • Playoffs or bust?

    One by one they stood at the same spot at the MTS Iceplex and spit out -- more or less -- the same answer to the same innocuous question about how their summers went. "Too long," said Zach Bogosian, a response that was parroted by Evander Kane and Ondrej Pavelec and Andrew Ladd.
  • Blue entering no fans land

    Heads have rolled from the executive offices right down to the men in the locker room. And it's clear more changes are on the horizon. Three different quarterbacks have started games and, still, there appears to be no clear-cut answer to the franchise's most glaring need.
  • Clitsome signing part of Chevy's plan to piece together Jets lineup

    If the stars and moons were to all align perfectly in Kevin Cheveldayoff's galaxy -- and that's always a big if in the whacked out world of the National Hockey League -- then by this time next week he'll have plugged a few gaping holes on the Winnipeg Jets roster. The Jets' boss is still scrambling to upgrade the team's thin right side, even after swapping picks for Michael Frolik from the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. He has question marks on the third and fourth lines with Nik Antropov, Antti Miettinen, Mike Santorelli and Kyle Wellwood all becoming unrestricted free agents on Friday.
  • He's Mensa material

    The skill is there, that much is clear. A guy doesn't go 13th overall in the National Hockey League Draft without having the tools to make scouts drool. But ask around the hockey world about Josh Morrissey and invariably the first terms mentioned to describe the Winnipeg Jets' 2013 first-round draft choice are things such as "hockey IQ" and "competitiveness," "upside" and "character" -- intangibles not measured by the scoring summary.
  • Chevy looking to move up

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- There was a moment Saturday when the tall and the short of the 2013 NHL Draft -- both literally and figuratively -- was on display in a hotel lobby, with the diminutive Max Domi spotted walking alongside mammoth defenceman Samuel Morin. Upstairs conference rooms were buzzing as four NHL teams -- the Winnipeg Jets, Tampa Bay Lightning, Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames -- are all sharing space in the same hotel, all conducting last-minute player interviews, all sharing chatter and gossip in the hours before today's draft.

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