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You might not be ready for this winter-like weather, but the Winnipeg Blue Bombers say they are.
At the team’s walk-through practice on Friday, the players seemed to be getting a kick out of the early snowfall.
Leading wide receiver Kenny Lawler was making snow angels and fullback John Rush was out there in winter gloves and threw a snowball at a teammate seconds after stepping onto the field.
"If it snows, if it rains, if it’s sunshine — no matter what it is — we’re gonna go out there and have a blast," Lawler said as the team geared up for the final time before hosting the Montreal Alouettes today at 3 p.m.
While Lawler and his teammates are relishing the chance to play in these conditions, fans, on the other hand, aren’t exactly lining up at the box office to score some seats to today’s snow-filled contest. Bombers president Wade Miller said once the snow began to fall, Saturday’s ticket sales began to slow down.
As of Friday afternoon, there were around 21,000 tickets sold.
The Bombers had 25,086 fans show up for their previous home game — a 33-13 loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sept. 27. But outside of more empty seats than usual, Miller said it’s business as usual.
Everything from the parking lot to the field will be cleared and ready to go by kickoff.
The Bombers had staff in at 4 a.m. Friday getting the field ready for team’s walk-through practice, and Miller said they would be there the same time today making sure everything’s good to go.
"You never know with the weather in terms of when it stops and everything else. So, we’re at the mercy of Mother Nature a little bit. It’s an outdoor stadium and we’ll get it in the best conditions for tomorrow’s game as we can," Miller said.
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Alouettes wide receiver Chris Matthews won’t get the opportunity to continue his revenge tour.
Matthews, who was cut by the Blue Bombers in August before signing with the Als days later, caught two touchdown passes in Montreal’s epic 38-37 comeback victory over Winnipeg on Sept. 21. But for the second straight week, Matthews has been placed on the one-game injured list.
The Alouettes will also be without running back William Stanback, who has 954 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 152 carries this season.
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The last time the Bombers and Als met, Montreal quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. got away with an incident that should have gotten kicked him out of the game.
After having a pass intercepted by Bombers safety Jeff Hecht, Adams grabbed linebacker Adam Bighill’s facemask and pulled him to the ground. Bighill’s helmet came off and Adams swung it at the defender’s face.
The officials somehow missed it and Adams stayed in the game and led the Alouettes to victory. He was eventually punished as the league dealt Adams a one-game suspension a couple days later.
Adams reached out to Bighill to apologize for what happened. Bighill said on Friday that it’s in the past and he’s not looking to get back at Adams.
"I’m not that kind of guy," Bighill said. "As far as forgiving Vernon, I’m not a guy that likes to hold a grudge. If someone apologizes, I believe in giving people second chances.
"I don’t feel like there’s anything wrong with that. And for me, there’s no point in holding onto the animosity. It doesn’t do anything positive for you."
Eighteen years old and still in high school, Taylor got his start with the Free Press on June 1, 2011. Well, sort of.