August 22, 2019

Winnipeg
20° C, A few clouds

Full Forecast

Advertisement

Advertise With Us

Standings won't matter when first meets worst

Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back Andrew Harris s tackled by B.C. Lions defenders. The 6-2 Bombers won't be taking the 1-7 Lions lightly when the two teams collide Thursday.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/BEN NELMS

Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back Andrew Harris s tackled by B.C. Lions defenders. The 6-2 Bombers won't be taking the 1-7 Lions lightly when the two teams collide Thursday.

THE Winnipeg Blue Bombers won’t be taking the B.C. Lions lightly, even if there is a major discrepancy in the standings.

The Bombers (6-2) sit atop the West Division after last week’s 26-24 win over the Calgary Stampeders, and will remain there with a win against the lowly Lions, currently in last place at 1-7. But records mean little on game day, and the Bombers might know that better than anyone this year.

After all, it was just two weeks ago they fell to the Toronto Argonauts, squandering a 20-point lead to give the Boatmen their first win. It was a painful reminder that you must play hard to the final whistle, or risk falling apart at the seams against a desperate club.

“You just learn the lesson that everyone in this league is a good team and everyone in this league is coming to beat you. No one is ever going to roll over and give you a game,” Bombers linebacker Adam Bighill said Tuesday. “That’s the only thing that needs to be understood: you need to come out and play your brand of football every single week and if you do that, you have a chance to win. If you don’t, it’s really a coin toss.”

Keep reading free:

Already have an account? Log in here »

Keep reading free:

Already have an account? Log in here »

Subscribers Log in below to continue reading,
not a subscriber? Create an account to start a 30 day free trial.

Log in Create your account

Your free trial has come to an end.

We hope you have enjoyed your trial! To continue reading, we recommend our Read Now Pay Later membership. Simply add a form of payment and pay only 27¢ per article.

For unlimited access to the best local, national, and international news and much more, try an All Access Digital subscription:

Thank you for supporting the journalism that our community needs!

Your free trial has come to an end.

We hope you have enjoyed your trial! To continue reading, we recommend our Read Now Pay Later membership. Simply add a form of payment and pay only 27¢ per article.

For unlimited access to the best local, national, and international news and much more, try an All Access Digital subscription:

Thank you for supporting the journalism that our community needs!

We hope you have enjoyed your free trial!

To continue reading, select a plan below:

All Access Digital

Introductory pricing*

99¢

per month

  • Unlimited online reading and commenting
  • Daily newspaper replica e-Edition
  • News Break - our award-winning iOS app
  • Exclusive perks & discounts
Continue

Read Now Pay Later

Pay

27¢

per article

  • Commitment-free
  • Cancel anytime
  • Only pay for what you read
  • Refunds available
Continue

*Introductory pricing schedule for 12 month: $0.99/month plus tax for first 3 months, $5.99/month for months 4 - 6, $10.99/month for months 7 - 9, $13.99/month for months 10 - 12. Standard All Access Digital rate of $16.99/month begins after first year.

We hope you have enjoyed your free trial!

To continue reading, select a plan below:

Read Now Pay Later

Pay

27¢

per article

  • Commitment-free
  • Cancel anytime
  • Only pay for what you read
  • Refunds available
Continue

All Access Digital

Introductory pricing*

99¢

per month

  • Unlimited online reading and commenting
  • Daily newspaper replica e-Edition
  • News Break - our award-winning iOS app
  • Exclusive perks & discounts
Continue

Mon to Sat Delivery

Pay

$34.36

per month

  • Includes all benefits of All Access Digital
  • 6-day delivery of our award-winning newspaper
Continue

*Introductory pricing schedule for 12 month: $0.99/month plus tax for first 3 months, $5.99/month for months 4 - 6, $10.99/month for months 7 - 9, $13.99/month for months 10 - 12. Standard All Access Digital rate of $16.99/month begins after first year.

We hope you have enjoyed your free trial!

To continue reading, select a plan below:

All Access Digital

Introductory pricing*

99¢

per month

  • Unlimited online reading and commenting
  • Daily newspaper replica e-Edition
  • News Break - our award-winning iOS app
  • Exclusive perks & discounts
Continue

Read Now Pay Later

Pay

27¢

per article

  • Commitment-free
  • Cancel anytime
  • Only pay for what you read
  • Refunds available
Continue

*Introductory pricing schedule for 12 month: $0.99/month plus tax for first 3 months, $5.99/month for months 4 - 6, $10.99/month for months 7 - 9, $13.99/month for months 10 - 12. Standard All Access Digital rate of $16.99/month begins after first year.

We hope you have enjoyed your free trial!

To continue reading, select a plan below:

Read Now Pay Later

Pay

27¢

per article

  • Commitment-free
  • Cancel anytime
  • Only pay for what you read
  • Refunds available
Continue

All Access Digital

Introductory pricing*

99¢

per month

  • Unlimited online reading and commenting
  • Daily newspaper replica e-Edition
  • News Break - our award-winning iOS app
  • Exclusive perks & discounts
Continue

*Introductory pricing schedule for 12 month: $0.99/month plus tax for first 3 months, $5.99/month for months 4 - 6, $10.99/month for months 7 - 9, $13.99/month for months 10 - 12. Standard All Access Digital rate of $16.99/month begins after first year.

THE Winnipeg Blue Bombers won’t be taking the B.C. Lions lightly, even if there is a major discrepancy in the standings.

The Bombers (6-2) sit atop the West Division after last week’s 26-24 win over the Calgary Stampeders, and will remain there with a win against the lowly Lions, currently in last place at 1-7. But records mean little on game day, and the Bombers might know that better than anyone this year.

After all, it was just two weeks ago they fell to the Toronto Argonauts, squandering a 20-point lead to give the Boatmen their first win. It was a painful reminder that you must play hard to the final whistle, or risk falling apart at the seams against a desperate club.

"You just learn the lesson that everyone in this league is a good team and everyone in this league is coming to beat you. No one is ever going to roll over and give you a game," Bombers linebacker Adam Bighill said Tuesday. "That’s the only thing that needs to be understood: you need to come out and play your brand of football every single week and if you do that, you have a chance to win. If you don’t, it’s really a coin toss."

The Bombers aren’t leaving anything up to chance. Players said workouts have been productive. They also understand they’re playing a desperate team fighting for their playoff lives.

The Bombers loss to the Toronto Argonauts two weeks ago is painful reminder that you must play hard to the final whistle.

NATHAN DENETTE / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILES

The Bombers loss to the Toronto Argonauts two weeks ago is painful reminder that you must play hard to the final whistle.

"They’re dangerous because they’ve got everything to lose at this point," defensive end Craig Roh said. "That’s a team that’s clawing and fighting to get back into the season here and so we got to play our part in making sure they don’t get into the playoffs."

Though the Lions won’t be eliminated from the post-season with a loss Thursday, it would make what already seems an unlikely task near impossible. The fact it’s a divisional opponent should only increase the urgency for a B.C. club that has lost four straight. In their most recent defeat — an excruciating 35-34 loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats — the Lions led by 15 points in the fourth quarter.

"And that gives them motivation to play as hard as they can," halfback Marcus Sayles said. "This being a West team, they want to get a win. It’s crunch time, too."

Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea said he isn’t concerned about what happened in Toronto and expects another strong performance Thursday.

"You learn lessons throughout the entire season and hopefully you become smarter as the season goes on. I believe the lesson we learned from a few weeks ago is if you make that many mistakes, you’re going to get beat," he said. "That doesn’t matter who the opponent is, you’re going to get beat. We cleaned that up quite a bit this last game and expect to trend upwards in that regard."

 

Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Janarion Grant was named one of three CFL players of the week.

SASHA SEFTER / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Janarion Grant was named one of three CFL players of the week.

Granted first-star status

Bombers returner Janarion Grant was named one of three CFL players of the week for his breakout performance against the Stampeders last week.

Grant racked up 306 return yards, including two punt-return touchdowns in the Week 9 win. His first score — a 76-yarder in the first quarter — was the first time the 25-year-old had touched a ball in a CFL regular-season game. He followed that up with an 83-yard jaunt just before the first half expired.

What might Grant have for an encore this week?

"Don’t do nothing different," he said. "I just got to be myself."

 

Lalama leaves Blue

Linebacker DJ Lalama has been released by the Bombers.

SASHA SEFTER / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES

Linebacker DJ Lalama has been released by the Bombers.

The Bombers have released linebacker and Winnipeg native DJ Lalama. He was being assigned to the practice roster but refused to take a spot, resulting in his release.

"I made a tough decision today, but God has me on the right path. You only live this life once, so BET ON YOURSELF," Lalama tweeted. "Thank you @Wpg_BlueBombers for the opportunity. Great organization, great locker room, great fans! Wishing y’all nothing but success. Thanks for the memories."

jeff.hamilton@freepress.mb.ca

Twitter: @jeffkhamilton

Jeff Hamilton

Jeff Hamilton
Multimedia producer

After a slew of injuries playing hockey that included breaks to the wrist, arm, and collar bone; a tear of the medial collateral ligament in both knees; as well as a collapsed lung, Jeff figured it was a good idea to take his interest in sports off the ice and in to the classroom.

Read full biography

Advertisement

Advertise With Us

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

Have Your Say

Have Your Say

Comments are open to The Winnipeg Free Press print or digital subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

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

By submitting your comment, you agree to abide by our Community Standards and Moderation Policy. These guidelines were revised effective February 27, 2019. Have a question about our comment forum? Check our frequently asked questions.

Advertisement

Advertise With Us