Saturday, August 24th, 2013
Ahhhh. What a great morning, I don’t have to go to work and kickoff is only three hours away!
Captain Morgan, it is my pleasure to introduce you to Captain Crunch.
Time to suit up!
And one for the road.
Pick up is late but given the driver I should be thankful that it is coming at all.
Parking is so much easier than at IGF (or many other university campuses) but there’s also less than half as many people here for the game. The downside is that it’s a 15 minute walk across the University of Guelph campus to Alumni Stadium. The upside is that I have time to finish my roadie.
What a gorgeous day.
15:00 Q1 (0-0)
Kickoff! 0-0 and the Bombers are still in it to the surprise of many.
11:44 Q1 (7-0 Hamilton)
Well that didn’t last very long. It is clear, less than five minutes into the game, that there is no life left in this Bomber team. The Bombers’ secondary look like the French at the Battle of Dunkirk, they are defeated and want out.
10:00 Q1 (7-0 Hamilton)
Down a row and two seats over is an honest to goodness Ottawa Redblacks fan. T-shirt with hat even. He has heard my lamentation over the 2013 Blue Bombers and offers a solution to the situation: that the Bombers be allowed in the expansion draft behind Ottawa.
5:00 Q1 (10-0 Hamilton)
Beer is still too expensive here but at least the staff remember me and have two waiting. I do not have to wait in line either because there isn’t one. Still the best staff in the league. SkyDome’s employees should come here for a lesson.
15:00 Q2 (17-0 Hamilton)
In a way I’m glad the game is already out of reach. I don’t have to worry about missing anything while I scavenge for something to eat. One of the best ideas the Ti-Cats have had while staging games here at Alumni Stadium is to bring in food trucks to serve as concessions stands. The food out of these things beats pretty much any stadium I’ve been too. The only downside is there aren’t enough of them. The Blue Bastardette stood in line for roughly 15 minutes at the Schmuck Truck but it was totally worth the wait for fresh made burgers and fresh cut fries. (http://schmuckngourmet.ca/)
7:30 Q2 (24-0 Hamilton)
This is looking worse than the exhibition game back in June. Bathroom time at the porta pots.
I’m really, really surprised I had to wait this long to hear that.
Bakari Grant’s family (#84, WR, Hamilton) requests a picture with The Blue Bastard. I have no idea what makes this Argos fan think he can participate.
Half Time (24-6 Hamilton)
Solidarity brothers and sisters.
There are actually quite a few Big Blue fans out today. Many of us suffer from “battered fan” syndrome. Every week our team beats us senseless but we keep coming back for more as soon as the next game rolls around, we’ll never leave no matter how much they hurt us. We just cover up the bruises with masks, hats, long hair or long sleeved shirts and pretend like nothing’s wrong. The rest of the league knows, they just don’t say anything.
I finally get to meet the Box J Boys. A pretty decent group of individuals other than the fact they are Tiger-Cats fans.
Oh, punt single, just what we needed to get back into this thing.
Crowd: laughs heartily
14:17 Q4 (27-7 Hamilton)
No one can accuse the Winnipeg QBs of being greedy. Each is getting a turn on the carousel today. Goltz is riding right now. Winnipeg’s losing by 20 points but these Bomber fans are ecstatic:
When I asked them to stand up for the pictures his wife did this:
11:24 Q4 (27-14 Hamilton)
There goes Chad Simpson trying when no one else is again. 44 yard touchdown. I guess the new Offensive Coordinator doesn’t like to run the ball until it’s too late either. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
00:00 Q4 (37-14 Hamilton)
I wonder if anyone on Winnipeg cares about anything more then a paycheck?
— Nik Lewis (@nikel18) August 24, 2013
Records are Mean to be Broken
The question is no longer whether or not the Bombers will make the playoffs it’s whether or not this season will be better or worse than 1998. For those of you who have forgotten or are perhaps too young to remember:
Coach: Jeff Reinbold
Quarterback: TJ Rubley
1998 was this franchise’s lowest point. Does the 2013 edition have two more wins in them? I honestly can’t tell you that they do. Do you think so? This isn’t a team like Edmonton that just keeps letting games slip away at the last minute, this is a team that can’t get out of the first quarter without staring at the ass end of a blowout.
Avid Bomber fans are well aware of this but I feel the need to make the point anyhow: The Bumblers are one loss away from tying their third longest losing streak in franchise history. They have lost seven games three times. In 1998 they lost 10 in a row and in 1964 they lost 13.
They play Saskatchewan twice in a row and then Edmonton twice in a row (why is the whole 2013 schedule one big home and home?). The Bumblers can forget chasing Montreal for third spot in the East, they are chasing themselves for the franchise futility record. That they will reach third place on that list is looking like a near certainty after the conclusion of the Banjo Bowl. Are they inept enough to loose both of the following Edmonton games and challenge the 1998 squad?
The Bomber Airlift
The airlift continued this week. Two receivers, a D-lineman and a QB for the carousel. That’s in addition to last week’s kicker. The 2014 pre-season is officially under way.
Absolute Vodka Ass of the Week – The Entire Blue Bombers Team
I had some names pencilled in here but there’s no point in singling out the worst turd in the toilet bowl. Week in and week out for the past six weeks their collective effort has been disgraceful. The Blue Bombers are the laughing stock of the Canadian Football League and Saskatchewan is loving every minute of it.
I will drop one name, Alex Hall, while he had a great game it was printed earlier this week that he was refusing orders from the bench to come off the field. This is direct evidence that players are giving up on the coaches, perhaps thinking they are dead men walking. It also demonstrates that Mr. Hall is playing only for himself — to pad his stats and capture the sack title at season’s end. How many of his so called teammates are thinking the same?
Heinken Hero of the Week – The Fans
For sticking with a team that really looks like it doesn’t give a shit anymore, at least judging by their on field effort. The 32,000+ fans that packed into IGF two weeks ago and those that showed their faces on the road in Guelph this week deserve so much more from a club they have loved unconditionally for so many years.
The Blue Bombers have not won a Labour Day classic in 8 years. I tip my mask to any Bomber fan walking into this slaughter. Personally, if I were going I’d make sure to get blackout drunk before heading to Mosaic Stadium so I wouldn’t have to remember it the day after. Odds are it won’t be worse than the 52-0 slaughter from yesteryear but the outlook heading into it sure is. Good luck those brave souls making the trip.
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