“Do you have any hope?”
I am the first to admit that I am a half glass empty kind of bastard. Tim Burke said earlier this year that we could not judge this team until after the first four weeks. After Friday’s inept performance I felt it necessary to reach out to my longest known glass half full fan.
I queried his opinion as to the state of the franchise, now that we’re four weeks in, and of the remainder of the season. His reply:
“Do you have any hope?”
He would continue by quoting The Blue Bastard.
“You were saying it years ago. ‘It’s an eight team league!’ It’s been what? 23 years? Why is this OK? I’m a season ticket holder, why do I pay for this?”
I wasn’t sure what was more shocking, that this perpetually positive fan had switched poles, or that it had taken him 23 years to come to the conclusion that the Bombers have been losing too long. He’s not alone either, brand new IGF failed to sell out for its second ever (regular season) game.
Do I have hope? Yes, some, the season is far too young to abandon and we’re only two points out of first place. The Eastern Division team that puts up eight wins is likely to host the semi-final. What I really have hope for though is next year, because it’s going to take us another 14 games at least to sort out this quarterback mess.
We Finally Got Our Wish (you were wishing for Goltz weren’t you?)
According to his boss Buck suffered an abdominal injury and was unable to continue the game. No way that passes the smell test but does it even matter? Letting him off his leash seemed to work for the first 20 minutes of the game until he threw that bone headed, soul crushing pick. If that wasn’t the turning point of the game then I dare you to find another.
For argument’s sake let’s assume he isn’t hurt. Do you think he should be given the start next game? Burke sure does and until this point most were willing to give him the benefit of doubt, but now, not so much.
I wouldn’t say Goltz went out there and raised the dead in relief but he certainly looked to be the better of the two. Granted he was practically playing in garbage time but at least he engineered a (meaningless) touchdown. In the end it may not matter who played the best as Timmy may well be using Buck’s apparent injury as an excuse for the bench while publicly backing him as number one. Should Goltz prove himself capable in the start Friday it would give Burke an easy out of the controversy by going with the hot hand. Perhaps he’s smarter than he’s being given credit for.
You Can’t Win Every Game Defensively
The defence finally broke in week 4. The great Ricky Ray was 19 of 20 and the lone incompletion was a drop. Who knows what horror he may have continued to wrath had his knee not quit.
Watching from the Sidelines
With Buck watching from the bench was Brett Carter. The 20-year-old inked a deal only hours earlier and dressed to fill the gaping chasm in the receiver corps. I understand the kid was only supposed to go in to replace an injury but the game was out of reach and I thought he should have been subbed in on the last possession. Without a doubt he’ll eventually get his chance but this was a night when nothing had gone right and letting him snag his first catch would have been the only positive outcome of the game. He’s the only feel good story in an entire season of disappointment. Am I alone here?
Absolute Vodka Ass of the Week: Buck Pierce
10-14 and one INT for 139y. I know I’m really beating a dead horse (ass?) here but the last time I wanted a new QB this bad Kevin Glenn was making this city miserable. The similarities at this juncture are striking. Am I wrong to pick on him this much? I tried to think of someone else bad enough this week but there wasn’t anyone who fit the frame better…
Heineken Hero of the Week: Ricky Ray’s Knee
It was getting ugly fast and someone/something had to take action. Lucky for us Ricky’s knee needed a beer.
Honourable mention: Clarence Denmark. Good bounce back game after he was headed for the bench.
Odds and Ends
As much as I and everyone else in this great land has ripped Rob Ford you can’t deny the man is a true promoter of the CFL. In a city that couldn’t care any less he is doing everything he can to raise the profile of the Argonauts and the league as a whole. Today he promised to do everything he can to build the Argonauts some new digs. He even got the 100th Grey Cup on the international news (see video below). My point is that all Canadian mayors should be exactly like Rob Ford.
Bomber fans have started voting with their wallets on this team and its management, they’ve had enough losing. Contrast that to Saskabush where 37,372 paid to watch the Riders crush the Cats. Management there is taking advantage of the extra Grey Cup seating while the management in Winnipeg is doing everything they can to piss away all the good will bought with the $200M IGF. It gets cold quickly in Manitoba and people need a reason to go watch live football after September.
The Return of the Donut King
His Royal Highness King Kevin the Knuckle Head returns. He will be the first quarterback the Bombers have faced this season that hasn’t won a Grey Cup. Too often in football players neglect to plan for life after football. It is so refreshing to see one of them looking ahead. In the not-at-all-bankrupt metropolis of Detroit Kevin has already started training!
Do you know you can buy an autographed picture of Kevin Glenn? That’s right for the low price of $30 (plus $5 shipping) you too can own a genuine autographed print of one of the best BACKUP quarterbacks ever to play in the CFL. They’re right here on his website!
I’m sure it’ll taste delicious wrapped around a piece crow with some Frank’s after he walks into River City and takes the W…
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