Head coach Paul LaPolice held his final media scrum before heading off into the bye week today. As expected, not much meat left on the bone regarding the game in Montreal or the first eight weeks of the season to this point. Two and six is quite a conversation killer if you’re employed by the team, I guess. Here are the highlights: Protect the ball better and be mentally tougher. That about covers it.
Having said that, LaPolice did provide a few mentionables:
INJURY UPDATE: The Bombers were left with a few casualties from Le Massacre. A timetable for offensive lineman Luke Fritz (hamstring) won’t be determined until next week and receiver Cory Watson has a first-degree sprain to an MCL, but it’s believed he’s going to be good to go when practice resumes in a week or so.
ROSTER UPDATE: No changes, says the coach. There will be some new faces after the bye, though. The practice roster looks pretty thin right now…
BUCK UPDATE: Really, what blog post would be complete without a mention of Buck Pierce? No news on how the knee is progressing, says the coach, and no decision will be made on his playing status until everyone involved in the decision has a chance to see him on the field. LaPolice says Pierce is still his No. 1 guy, though: "He gives us the best chance to win. We’ve won two games all year, so it’s hard to say Buck is going to be the savior, and he’s not going to be the savior when he comes back." This is what they call ‘managing expectations.’
MACE ON THE MOVE: Former Bombers draft choice Cory Mace is on the move again. The rights to the 6-foot-3, 287-pound defensive lineman were traded by the Toronto Argonauts to the Calgary Stampeders for linebacker Tristan Black. Mace is now on his fourth CFL club, having made stops in Winnipeg, Hamilton, Toronto and now Calgary.
REMIND ME: To vent about the terrible timing of the Banjo Bowl before Sept. 12. I know I’m new to this beat and all, but has it always been on the first Sunday of the NFL schedule? My counterpart in the media bunker here at Canad Inns Stadium tells me it used to fall on a Saturday night. WHAT! That seems like a perfect time for some inter-provincial hatred. Why would they change it? Should I start a Facebook petition, or do you want to handle it?
FINALLY: Because it’s Saturday…
Feel free to make your own Winnipeg receiver joke at around the 1:17 mark.