Hey there, time traveller! This article was published 9/9/2012 (1750 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers general manager Joe Mack promoted Tim Burke to head coach a couple of weeks ago in large part because Mack felt the no-nonsense defensive co-ordinator would do a much better job than former head coach Paul LaPolice in instilling discipline on a team sorely lacking in it.
The opposite appears to have occurred.
The Bombers followed up a 52-0 thrashing in Regina on Labour Day Weekend with a 25-24 loss in the Banjo Bowl at Canad Inns Stadium Sunday afternoon in a game in which the margin of defeat was narrower but the utter bankruptcy it exposed in the very heart of this 2012 Bombers team was actually starker.
The margin of error on this afternoon was, literally, a lack of discipline. A 30-yard third-quarter roughing/no yards penalty on special teams player James Green and a fourth-quarter roughing penalty on defensive lineman Kenny Mainor — both of them as blatant as they were selfish — led to a pair of Roughriders singles that proved to be the difference between victory and loss.
The Bombers were also burned by a costly in-game decision by Burke. With the Bombers leading 23-22 late in the fourth quarter, Burke elected not to attempt a 43-yard field goal that could have put his team up by four points with about 30 seconds to play, and force the Roughriders to drive the length of the field to score a touchdown to win.
Burke elected instead to punt and Mike Renaud’s attempt to pin the Riders deep in their own end wasn’t even close, trickling out the back of the end zone for a single point and giving the Riders the ball back on their own 35, trailing by two.