Blue ‘listen and learn’ from officials


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THE Winnipeg Blue Bombers got taken to school by CFL referees on Wednesday -- but in a good way.

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THE Winnipeg Blue Bombers got taken to school by CFL referees on Wednesday — but in a good way.

Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice brought in some CFL refs — including line judge Al Bradbury — to meet with players before practice and then provide on-field training during practice on what they can and cannot get away with once the games begin.

“Learn — just listen and learn,” LaPolice said he instructed his players. “We did basically a mock game and let (the players) ask questions. We talked special teams, we talked sideline procedures, we talked about taunting…

Paul LaPolice

“We tried to educate them on all those things. If you want to play well, you have to understand the rules. And the point at the end of the day was it shouldn’t be your coaches who know everything — you need to know everything because you play the game on the field.”

A couple new rules are in place this season. One forbids blocking below the waist downfield on a called forward pass, something that used to be allowed. And the other now allows fumbles to be recovered after the whistle has been blown on what LaPolice describes as ‘bang-bang’ plays.

“A whistle doesn’t always stop play for the recovery of the ball,” LaPolice explained.


Season tickets a hit


THE Blue Bombers continue to add to their new franchise record season ticket tally, going over 19,000 on Wednesday.

Business has been so brisk, in fact, that there have been some long lineups in the Bombers office at times, prompting the team to put out a reminder yesterday that fans can also purchase season tickets online at


Hefney day-to-day


PAUL LaPolice was vague Wednesday about when DB Jonathan Hefney will return to the field. “I don’t know. We get a report daily. They said give him a couple days.”

Hefney has been wearing a walking boot on his ankle the past two days. Other absentees from practice on Wednesday included C Obby Khan (groin) and WR Aaron Hargreaves (ankle).

Jonathan Hefney

After two-a-days on Monday and Tuesday, the Bombers had an abbreviated practice on Wednesday and did not wear pads. Two-a-days will resume this morning, leading up to the Bombers going to Brandon for practice on Saturday.


QB likely NFL bound


SUSPENDED Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor might end up in a CFL uniform eventually — but it is unlikely to be this year.

Pryor announced this week that he will forego his senior year at Ohio State — which is embroiled in a player violations scandal — to enter the NFL supplemental draft next month.

Pryor — who was suspended in December for five games for selling team memorabilia — might be looking to the CFL and has reportedly been placed on the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ negotiation list.

“With his size and athletic ability, he’s going to get selected” in the supplemental draft, Bombers GM Joe Mack said.


— Wiecek

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