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Bombers lose 37-18 to Ticats, slide to 1-6

Posted: 08/16/2013 6:07 PM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 08/16/2013 11:32 PM | Updates

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New GM. New CEO. New starting QB. Same old tired result.

A week of upheaval at Investors Group Field came to a very familiar conclusion Friday night as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers were beaten for the fifth game in a row — and sixth time in their first seven games — 37-18 by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

If the hope in jettisoning former CEO Garth Buchko and GM Joe Mack last week was to light a spark and give this team a fresh start coming out of the bye week, the plan clearly failed its first big test as the Bombers quickly fell behind 10-0 in the first quarter and never really did threaten all night long.

The loss dropped the Bombers record to 1-6 — while division rival Hamilton improved to 3-4 with their second road win in a row — and leaves Winnipeg in even more desperate circumstances as they now head out on the road for their next two games, next Saturday in Guelph against Hamilton and then Labour Day Sunday in Regina against the high-flying Roughriders.

Musical Quarterbacks

The Bombers’ quarterbacking situation has become like Maritime weather — if you don’t like it, just wait a couple of minutes and it will change.

Winnipeg fans got to see all three of the club’s quarterbacks Friday night. CFL rookie Max Hall got the start and had a respectable first half, going 10-12 for 129 yards and throwing for a TD that capped an impressive 103-yard second quarter drive.

But Hall also fumbled in the second quarter and threw a pair of second half interceptions and had to make way for backup Buck Pierce midway through the third quarter after he got planted by a Hamilton defender and was shaken up. Pierce got to play for a couple series — he went 2-2 for 9 yards — before Hall returned at the end of the third quarter and went on to finish the game. His final numbers — 18-30 for 241 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTS.

Toss in a couple of cameo appearances with the wildcat package for third stringer — and former first stringer — Justin Goltz and Winnipeg literally threw everything they had at the Ticats.

 

Fans Vote With Feet

A remarkable crowd of 32,409 — about 1,000 short of a sellout — turned out for the first game since the club gave the gas to their former CEO and GM.

The turnout was the second biggest crowd of the season and, given the woeful state of the team’s record, had to be seen at least in part as a vote by the fan faithful in favour of the club’s recent front-office moves.

Alas, by night’s end the final result was the same as it’s always been at Investors Group Field, where the Bombers are still winless after four games in their shiny new $200 million football palace.

 

The Terrence Edwards Show

If everyone had played as gritty and as effectively as the veteran Bombers slotback, the Bombers would have run away with this one.

Despite being shaken up in the first half and missing a couple of series, Edwards still led all Bombers receivers with eight catches for 172 yards and was Hall’s go-to receiver anytime the Bombers found themselves in second and long — which was often, as usual.

paul.wiecek@freepress.mb.ca

  • Hamilton Tiger-Cats' Henry Burris (right) talks to Andy Fantuz (83) during the first half.

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    Hamilton Tiger-Cats' Henry Burris (right) talks to Andy Fantuz (83) during the first half.

  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers Max Hall (right) throws as Hamilton Tiger-Cats' Rico Murray closes in.

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    Winnipeg Blue Bombers Max Hall (right) throws as Hamilton Tiger-Cats' Rico Murray closes in.

  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Kito Poblah is grabbed by Hamilton Tiger-Cats' Raymond Brown in the end zone during play Friday night. Hamilton was called on this play and set up a touchdown for the Bombers on the next play.

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    Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Kito Poblah is grabbed by Hamilton Tiger-Cats' Raymond Brown in the end zone during play Friday night. Hamilton was called on this play and set up a touchdown for the Bombers on the next play.

  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers Rory Kohlert (rear) is congratulated by teammate Anthony Woodson after scoring a first-half touchdown during against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats  Friday night.

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    Winnipeg Blue Bombers Rory Kohlert (rear) is congratulated by teammate Anthony Woodson after scoring a first-half touchdown during against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Friday night.

  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Max Hall dashes with the ball.

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    Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Max Hall dashes with the ball.

  • Chad Simpson is tackled by Hamilton Tiger-Cats JT Gilmore.

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    Chad Simpson is tackled by Hamilton Tiger-Cats JT Gilmore.

  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers Cauchy Muamba tackles Andy Fantuz of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

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    Winnipeg Blue Bombers Cauchy Muamba tackles Andy Fantuz of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Bryant Turner Jr. (left) and Alex Hall sack Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Henry Burris.

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    Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Bryant Turner Jr. (left) and Alex Hall sack Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Henry Burris.

  • Cauchy Muamba (left) and Brandon Stewart bring down C.J. Gable of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

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    Cauchy Muamba (left) and Brandon Stewart bring down C.J. Gable of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers' quarterback Max Hall fumbles the ball as he is sacked by Hamilton Tiger-Cats' Rico Murray.

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    Winnipeg Blue Bombers' quarterback Max Hall fumbles the ball as he is sacked by Hamilton Tiger-Cats' Rico Murray.

  • Hamilton Tiger-Cats' Samuel Giguere (11) snags a pass in front of Desia Dunn (23) during the first half.

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    Hamilton Tiger-Cats' Samuel Giguere (11) snags a pass in front of Desia Dunn (23) during the first half.

  • Hamilton Tiger-Cats' Simoni Lawrence (21) jumps on a loose ball after Winnipeg Blue Bombers' quarterback Max Hall is sacked by Eric Norwood.

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    Hamilton Tiger-Cats' Simoni Lawrence (21) jumps on a loose ball after Winnipeg Blue Bombers' quarterback Max Hall is sacked by Eric Norwood.

  • Hamilton Tiger-Cats' John Delahunt (49) and Greg Wojt (66) celebrate Delahunt's touchdown against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers during the first half.

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    Hamilton Tiger-Cats' John Delahunt (49) and Greg Wojt (66) celebrate Delahunt's touchdown against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers during the first half.

  • Hamilton Tiger-Cats' quarterback Henry Burris gets rid of the ball before Blue Bombers' Henoc Muamba can pull off a sack in the third quarter.

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    Hamilton Tiger-Cats' quarterback Henry Burris gets rid of the ball before Blue Bombers' Henoc Muamba can pull off a sack in the third quarter.

  • Blue Bombers' quarterback Max Hall clutches his midsection after coming out of the game for a series in the third quarter.

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    Blue Bombers' quarterback Max Hall clutches his midsection after coming out of the game for a series in the third quarter.

  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers JT Gilmore and Hamilton Tiger-Cats Mike Filer scuffle after Gilmore knocked off Filer's helmet following a play.

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    Winnipeg Blue Bombers JT Gilmore and Hamilton Tiger-Cats Mike Filer scuffle after Gilmore knocked off Filer's helmet following a play.

  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Max Hall looks to the bench after a string of fourth-quarter botched plays.

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    Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Max Hall looks to the bench after a string of fourth-quarter botched plays.

  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers kicker Sandro DeAngelis takes in his first game as a member of the team.

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    Winnipeg Blue Bombers kicker Sandro DeAngelis takes in his first game as a member of the team.

  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers Rory Kohlert watches the final minute of play.

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    Winnipeg Blue Bombers Rory Kohlert watches the final minute of play.

  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers Glenn January (centre) and teammate Justin Sorensen sit dejected on the bench during the last minute of the fourth quarter.

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    Winnipeg Blue Bombers Glenn January (centre) and teammate Justin Sorensen sit dejected on the bench during the last minute of the fourth quarter.

  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers coach Tim Burke looks down as the final minutes tick away.

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    Winnipeg Blue Bombers coach Tim Burke looks down as the final minutes tick away.

  • Two young Blue Bombers fans watch in dejection during the third quarter.

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    Two young Blue Bombers fans watch in dejection during the third quarter.

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History

Updated on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 7:43 PM CDT: Updates after first quarter.

8:32 PM: Updates at halftime.

8:59 PM: Updates photo.

9:28 PM: Updates after third quarter.

9:42 PM: Adds slideshow.

10:57 PM: updates with fourth-quarter recap via CP.

11:27 PM: Updates with post-game writethru.

11:32 PM: Adds video, additional photos to slideshow.

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