July 5, 2015


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Bumbling Blue go down with a whimper to Ti-Cats

Fans take in the final Winnipeg Blue Bombers game of the season at Investors Group Field.
Ticats' quarterback Henry Burris is taken down by Jovon Johnson in the first quarter.
Bombers quarterback Max Hall gets rid of the ball just before he is taken down by Brandon Boudreaux of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the first quarter.
Ticats back up quarterback Dan LeFevour passes over the end-zone line among a mass of players. A penalty was called on the Ticats, but they scored on the next play.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers Brandon Stewart (8) attempts to take down Hamilton Tiger-Cats Onrea Jones (89) Saturday afternoon at Investors Group Field.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers Mario Fannin (#32) is taken down by Hamilton Tiger-Cats Onrea Jones (89).
Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Wallace Miles (84) hauls a pass in as Dee Webb of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats reaches for the ball during the second half.
Ticats wide receiver Onrea Jones scores a touchdown as Demond Washington of the Bombers comes crashing down behind him during the second quarter.
Winnipeg football fans watch the game between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Hamilton Tiger-Cats during the second half of CFL action in Winnipeg Saturday, November 2, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Greenslade
Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Tim Burke.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats' Arthur Hobbs (24) breaks up the pass in the end zone intended for Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Clarence Denmark (89) during the second half.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Max Hall (15) makes a pass against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats during the second half.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Rory Kohlert (87) is tackled by Hamilton Tiger-Cats Ray Shipman (42) and Arthur Hobbs (24) during the second half.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers look dejected during the final moments of Saturday afternoon's game.
Jovon Johnson (#2) looks dejected during the final moments of the game.
Bombers' head coach Tim Burke looks on near the end of another Blue Bombers loss at Investors Group Field.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Tim Burke shakes hands with a member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats after the 37-7 loss.
A Winnipeg Blue Bombers fan delivers a message.
A fan dressed in a gorilla suit had a message of his own for the Bombers Saturday.
Others made their voices heard by not showing up at all.
Reduce, reuse, recycle.
Bubbles are fun. For Bomber fans, this game was not.
Keith Tarr calms his three-year-old son Jaxon near the end of another Blue Bombers loss at Investors Group Field.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Tim Burke and quarterback Jason Boltus walk off of the field after the game.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers Carl Fitzgerald (#26) looks dejected as he leaves the field.
Fans take in the final Winnipeg Blue Bombers game of the season at Investors Group Field. - David Lipnowski / Winnipeg Free Press
Ticats' quarterback Henry Burris is taken down by Jovon Johnson in the first quarter. - Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press
Bombers quarterback Max Hall gets rid of the ball just before he is taken down by Brandon Boudreaux of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the first quarter. - Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press
Ticats back up quarterback Dan LeFevour passes over the end-zone line among a mass of players. A penalty was called on the Ticats, but they scored on the next play. - Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers Brandon Stewart (8) attempts to take down Hamilton Tiger-Cats Onrea Jones (89) Saturday afternoon at Investors Group Field. - David Lipnowski / Winnipeg Free Press
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers Mario Fannin (#32) is taken down by Hamilton Tiger-Cats Onrea Jones (89). - David Lipnowski / Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Wallace Miles (84) hauls a pass in as Dee Webb of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats reaches for the ball during the second half. - Fred Greenslade / The Canadian Press
Ticats wide receiver Onrea Jones scores a touchdown as Demond Washington of the Bombers comes crashing down behind him during the second quarter. - Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press
Winnipeg football fans watch the game between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Hamilton Tiger-Cats during the second half of CFL action in Winnipeg Saturday, November 2, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Greenslade - CP
Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Tim Burke. - David Lipnowski / Winnipeg Free Press
Hamilton Tiger-Cats' Arthur Hobbs (24) breaks up the pass in the end zone intended for Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Clarence Denmark (89) during the second half. - Fred Greenslade / The Canadian Press
Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Max Hall (15) makes a pass against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats during the second half. - Fred Greenslade / The Canadian Press
Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Rory Kohlert (87) is tackled by Hamilton Tiger-Cats Ray Shipman (42) and Arthur Hobbs (24) during the second half. - Fred Greenslade / The Canadian Press
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers look dejected during the final moments of Saturday afternoon's game. - David Lipnowski / Winnipeg Free Press
Jovon Johnson (#2) looks dejected during the final moments of the game. - David Lipnowski / Winnipeg Free Press
Bombers' head coach Tim Burke looks on near the end of another Blue Bombers loss at Investors Group Field. - Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press
Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Tim Burke shakes hands with a member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats after the 37-7 loss. - David Lipnowski / Winnipeg Free Press
A Winnipeg Blue Bombers fan delivers a message. - Fred Greenslade / The Canadian Press
A fan dressed in a gorilla suit had a message of his own for the Bombers Saturday. - Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press
Others made their voices heard by not showing up at all. - David Lipnowski / Winnipeg Free Press
Reduce, reuse, recycle. - David Lipnowski / Winnipeg Free Press
Bubbles are fun. For Bomber fans, this game was not. - David Lipnowski / Winnipeg Free Press
Keith Tarr calms his three-year-old son Jaxon near the end of another Blue Bombers loss at Investors Group Field. - Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press
Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Tim Burke and quarterback Jason Boltus walk off of the field after the game. - David Lipnowski / Winnipeg Free Press
Winnipeg Blue Bombers Carl Fitzgerald (#26) looks dejected as he leaves the field. - David Lipnowski / Winnipeg Free Press

And with that, you can make it official — this really was one of the worst Bombers teams of all-time.

With a 37-7 loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Investors Group Field on Saturday, the 2013 edition of the Bombers finished with a regular season record of 3-15, tying the franchise record for futility in an 18-game season previously set by the 1998 squad.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers didn't give fans much to cheer about Saturday afternoon.

MELISSA TAIT / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers didn't give fans much to cheer about Saturday afternoon. Photo Store

True to their underachieving form all season, Winnipeg went out with a whimper rather than a bang, perfectly encapsulating in one poorly played game everything that’s been wrong with this team all season long.

Anemic offence? Tick — Winnipeg had 57 yards of net offence in the first half.

Rolled over in the face of adversity?

Tick — Winnipeg was down 17-6 at halftime and simply surrendered in the 3rd quarter, giving up 10 quick points to the Ticats that included a 70-yard TD romp by Hamilton tailback Chevon Walker 5 minutes into the second half.

Throwing an interception on the last play of the season? Tick — and perfect, seeing as the Bombers also threw one on the very first play of the season.

Outplayed on offence, defence and special teams? Tick, tick and tick. And by a Hamilton team that was resting 12 of their starters, no less.

The best that could be said about this Bombers team on this day? We will never have to watch them play together again.

An ugly end

After showing some long-awaited signs of improvement over the last month of the season, the Bombers were in full regression mode for their final performance of the season.

The offence was terrible and so were special teams, collectively turning the ball over five times to finish the 2013 season a league worst — by a mile — minus-27 in the turnover ratio department.

And then there was the Bombers defence, which gave up 181 yards rushing and got picked apart first by Henry Burris and then by backup Dan LeFevour, who combined to complete 26 of 34 passes leading a Ticats offence that was missing all kinds of key starters, including slotback Andy Fantuz and tailback CJ Gable.

A Long Record of Futility

With this year’s 3-15 regular season record, the Bombers finished below .500 and missed the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons.

Put it altogether — if you can stomach it — and Winnipeg is 30-60 in the last five seasons, an appalling .333 winning percentage.

Not even Close

In 2010, the Bombers finished 4-14, but there was at least some consolation to be drawn from the fact nine of their losses that year were by four points or less.

But Bombers fans didn’t even get that as a consolation prize this year. Get this: Winnipeg’s average loss in 2013 came by a margin of 16.7 points. That eye-popping margin is worse even than the margin of loss by that other 3-15 Bombers team in 1998, which lost by an average margin of 14.7 points.

fans the best part of the Bombers: With Saturday’s announced crowd of 26,316, the Bombers set a franchise attendance record in 2013 with an average attendance of 30,637.

That eclipses the previous Bombers attendance record — set in 2011 — of 29,556 and is also well above the CFL average in 2013 of 26,994 fans per game.

Which is a lot more than this team deserved, given how little the Bombers gave their loyal fans to cheer about. A Banjo Bowl win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders in September stood up as the only Winnipeg win all season at Investors Group Field and the 2013 Bombers now become the first Winnipeg team since 2006 to have more wins on the road than at home.

paul.wiecek@freepress.mb.ca



History

Updated on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 5:33 PM CDT: Adds video.

5:58 PM: Adds slide show.

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