First off, kudos to the Bombers for their push this week to help bring attention to breast cancer.
Bomber players will be practising with pink gloves this week with the gloves then being autographed and up for auction on the team’s website, bluebombers.com, with all proceeds to going toward the Keeping Abreast Fund as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Fans can also purchase limited edition pink toques and pink scarves for $20 at this weekend’s game against the B.C. Lions or by visiting the Bombers online score at bluebombers.com/store starting Tuesday.
As well, Bomber players will also be at St. Vital Centre this Saturday from 3- 5 p.m. for the official launch.
We’ve got five pairs of tickets to give away, the first two going to the person who first answers this question via e-mail to yours truly at firstname.lastname@example.org:
Which Bomber player set a CFL record for most touchdowns in a game, with six, back on Oct 13, 1956 – a mark that still stands?
Some leftover stuff from head coach Paul LaPolice’s media scrum that won’t be in Tuesday’s paper:
If you’re thinking that new receiver Greg Carr might be watching from the sidelines this Monday, think again. Yes, the big Florida State product dropped two passes, but the coaches love his size. Here’s LaPolice on Carr:
"He brings us something in the fact that he’s big. He broke some tackles and he made some nice catches. He’s only in his second week with us and we’ve got to get him better at some fundamentals. We’re trying to find out what he can do better. That catch (drop, on the game’s first drive) in the end zone... I don’t know, you see on his highlight tape he makes those catches all the time. It’s too bad we didn’t secure that one because it’s a huge play and it’s seven points right there and that was an 11-play drive. There was another one at the end of the game... I don’t know if that was a PI (pass interference) and he got hit in the back, but he’s got to come back to the ball and not even let that DB hit him or touch him. But he does add big target who can catch the ball and he does have some escapability for a big, lumbering guy. The last two games he’s helped us in that area and we think that’s been an upgrade."
-LaPolice on preaching that he can’t allow himself and, by extension, his team, to pout this week after another close loss: "We have to go to work. We have to go. And if we have to make changes at spots we’ll make changes. We have to figure out what can do better and that will be our ongoing evaluations in the next couple of days. Where can we make change to help us win a football game? They get paid to win football games and that’s what we get paid to do. We have to find a way to get out of a funk."
The CFL sent out a playoff scenario e-mail today – if this team wins, that team clinches first, etc - and, to no one’s surprise, it did not include the Bombers. In fact, this is the quote that keeps running through my noggin’ in wake of Saturday’s critical loss to the Lions: