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This article was published 7/7/2011 (2235 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
JOE MACK has a smile on his face. Ticket sales are sizzling. No one is barking about Paul LaPolice and his play calling. Buck Pierce isn't in a cast or a hospital bed.
Life is good in Bomberland.
One win on the road after a long and dissatisfying winter can do a lot for a football team's psyche and the mood of its fanbase. Imagine what a second win, this one on home turf, could do for these Bombers.
Look, it's Week 2 in the CFL season and at least 10 games early to start talking about must wins.
But the Bombers dropped all three of their games with the Argos last season and will meet them four times this year. A repeat of 2010's failures against Toronto will almost certainly prevent the Bombers from reaching the post-season.
"Toronto is a good team but we felt like they might have a stolen a few from us last year," said Bombers running back Fred Reid. "This is a big divisional game. We need some wins against Toronto this year. Last week's win was nice but it's time to turn the page and go get another."
Regardless of Winnipeg's win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last week, the pecking order in the East for now remains as follows: Montreal Aloutettes, Hamilton, Toronto and then Winnipeg.
It may turn out Hamilton is exactly what we saw last week and has plummeted all the way to the division basement but that's a bit of a stretch after one loss. Montreal looks as solid as always with the best player in the game at the controls in Anthony Calvillo.
It's far too early to mark any team down for a playoff berth but most league observers agree Montreal and Hamilton are headed for the post-season leaving the Argos and the Bombers to squabble over the table scraps.
Toronto used its three wins against Winnipeg last season to make the playoffs. Had the results been flipped it would have been the Bombers playing an extra game.
Bombers coach Paul LaPolice has been dropping plenty "too many people live in the past," quotes since training camp began. Hey, after a 4-14 mark one can understand why Lapo wants to move forward. But it doesn't work that way or at least not that fast.
The Bombers need to stack up a few more wins, in particular against teams like the Argonauts, before our memory banks can be wiped clean.
One thing is certain; If the Bombers go 0-3 against the Argos this season, LaPo won't need to worry about the past.
The present will be problem enough.