July 20, 2017


11° C, Partly cloudy

Full Forecast

Record: 2–1–0

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Logo

Blue Bomber Report (2–1–0)


Advertise With Us

Late-arriving Watson still expected to play tonight

Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 23/10/2013 (1365 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

TORONTO -- Cory Watson dropped the ball again.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers slotback, who dropped an easy touchdown pass in a loss to the Toronto Argonauts Saturday at Investors Group Field, forgot to bring his wallet to the airport in Winnipeg Wednesday morning. As a result, he was denied boarding on his team's flight to Toronto, where the Argos host the Bombers tonight.

Cory Watson

Cory Watson

Bombers head coach Tim Burke told reporters here shortly after the arrival of the rest of his team Wednesday afternoon that Watson would take a later flight in Winnipeg Wednesday and is still expected to play for the Bombers against the Argos at Rogers Centre tonight.

But Watson will also be a little lighter in that elusive wallet of his.

"He'll be fined for it," said Burke. "He's had this problem before."

Burke said the rest of his team was present and accounted for in Toronto on Wednesday afternoon. And that included receiver Jade Etienne, who wasn't expected to play this week but was spotted on the ground Wednesday and is now expected to replace non-import Akeem Foster in tonight's lineup.

The Bombers are 3-13 and officially out of playoff contention, while the Argos are 10-6 and can clinch first place in the East with a win over Winnipeg.

Burke was asked if Watson's forgetfulness is perhaps part of a more deep-seated lack of focus among his team as they play out the last two games of what's been a very disappointing season.

"No... I think (the mood of the team) is the same as it's been every week," said Burke. "I think we had a good practice yesterday, guys are focused, their spirits are up and all that."

Burke was asked what he'd like to get out of his team's visit here this week.

"A win," Burke replied. "I want us to play hard and play with effort and passion and get better and eliminate turnovers."

The Bombers turned over the ball five times against the Argos last weekend and are a league-worst -25 in the turnover ratio department coming into this week.

Earlier Wednesday, Argos QB Ricky Ray was asked what he was expecting this week from a Bombers defence that held the Argos to just 256 yards of offence last weekend.

"They've got some veteran guys back there who have played in this defence for awhile and so they know what they're doing. They really limited a lot of our big plays," said Ray. "For the most part they made it pretty difficult on us all (game)."

The Argos are expected to have tailback Chad Kackert, who missed last week's game with a shoulder injury, back in the lineup tonight.


paul.wiecek@freepress.mb.ca Twitter: @PaulWiecek

Read more by Paul Wiecek.


Advertise With Us

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective January 2015.

Photo Store

Scroll down to load more