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I've been a Winnipeg Blue Bombers fan for as long as I can remember. I should also say the Bombers have not won a Grey Cup in my lifetime. I am 21.

Maybe I just like the things that break my heart. That goes for the girls I've wanted to date, the sports teams I cheer for and the jobs I want and have. The Blue Bombers are no different. I've watched two Grey Cups slip through their fingers. I've seen lost playoff games, lost regular season games, lost talent and a whole host of bad decisions in my love of this team.

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Do I have any advice to make the team better? No. I pay to sit in Section 138 for the whole season; I don't get paid to sit in the management box. My job is to come and cheer my heart out for the team I love so much, but it is a love that goes unrequited each and every day.

Do I have a surefire way to fix this team? No. But if the coaches, management and board do not pull together and get something done, the boos will be louder, and they won't be aimed at the opposing team.




I know this season has been a tough one. There have been a bunch more downs than ups. That being said, we still love our team, even though many look at us like we have a third eye and one arm.

What I have an issue with is the timing of our cheering.

We need to do it sooner. We need to do it longer. And most of all we need to be louder.

Look at the fans of the Seattle Seahawks. They're screaming from the second the opponent is on the field on offence and they don't stop until the Seahawks have the ball back.

They had people in San Francisco complaining and actually accusing the fans of cheating because they were so loud.

Take a look at the design of the stadium in Seattle; it's quite similar to ours. We saw that we can get the decibel level over 100 during the home opener. Why not for every game for the whole game?

We have a beautiful new stadium; let's use it to our advantage.




We attended the Bombers game on Sept. 20. Most concerning was the way some 12 to 15 fans, including my wife and I, were treated post-game. We had gone down to the bus-boarding section to see a relative who plays for Edmonton. The heavy-handedness of security was over the top.

One of the mothers of an Eskimo player commented she has been to every CFL stadium and has never been treated in such a rude and uncaring manner. Given the fact this organization is in such disarray, you would think they would do everything in their power to make you feel welcome.

This entire football club is in far greater trouble than just their inferior product they want the public to support.




Is Investors Group allowed to take its name off the Blue Bomber stadium? I don't mean it should renege on its financial contract, but I have a feeling the company is not getting a good bang for its promotional buck.

By now, any mention of Investors Group would have a sad connotation. I envision my life savings quickly going in the tank.

They should be able to control when their name is used in connection with the stadium. In between games, for Paul McCartney concerts and Manitoba Bison games, absolutely. For Bomber games, they should demand it be named after their competitors.




I am so tired of listening to armchair quarterbacks and fickle fans. I am talking about those who threaten vehemently they will not renew their season tickets or vow never to return to a game again. These are the part-time fans, fans who jump on and off the bandwagon.

I know my team is not playing well and having the worst season of its franchise. But they are my team; the one I will support through thick or thin, through interception, fumble and touchdown.

I wouldn't turn my back on a struggling child, so why would I turn my back on a sport and team I love. One day, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers will be back, and I know I will be there to see it. You can count on it.




Not always a hindrance

Thank you to Morley Walker (In Conversation with... A.C. Grayling, Sept. 14) for highlighting philosopher A.C. Grayling's remarkable generalization that "overall, religion is a hindrance to the development of human rights."

With regards to the essential equality of the sexes and economic equality, Christians must humbly admit that through the centuries we've often failed to follow the Bible's human-rights principles.

However, we look up to those of our number, like slavery abolitionist William Wilberforce and preacher and civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who gave their lives to implementing those principles. For our many failures, we ask forgiveness.




A dedicated officer

Re: Conservation officers to be honoured (Sept. 27). I am pleased the province has recognized the service of these three outstanding individuals.

My concern is as follows: On Nov. 29, 1989, conservation officer Keith Bartley was tragically killed on duty in a terrible vehicular accident while attempting to stop deer poachers near Fisher Branch.

Bartley was a dedicated officer who left behind a young family. Why was he not honoured with this group of officers?



Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 1, 2013 A8

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