Lions got screwed by the schedule makers with another one of those Thursday night special short weeks. Obviously this is not done with player safety in mind and it takes away from what should have been an epic showdown tonight. Not saying the Bombers weren’t full marks for the victory but scheduling turned the game into a fiasco.
Yes the Bombers kicked but tonight and they most definitely took the extra time to plan this game out… even made VA get dressed at half time.
This call out goes to the schedule planners… any team that plays a short week should at least play the next game at home so they can get in the three days of practice to prepare for the next opponent. No matter what team it is… not possible?
The Lions opened their first drive with a run up the middle. I looked at my son and said, “That’s the game right there. Lions gonna lose big.” My son chuckled, “Oh, c’mon. It’s only the first play.” I replied that to play the mighty Bombers in their home town, especially after being embarrassed by the Lions earlier, you’d have come up something a little more aggressive, like perhaps a pass for 15 yards? A run up the middle on first down is great in the NFL with four downs but with the Lions’ faltering O-line (both QB’s down), that’s a Macsymic puzzler. To start the game? Loser strategy.
Back in June when you guys beat up on us, you were on a short week (again after playing the Elks aka bye week). The schedule was not an issue then, and I’m sure if you got the win tonight it would be the same. I’m not a fan of the schedule making either but please don’t taint the performance by the Bombers.
I’ve mentioned elsewhere that creating a 21-week schedule with 27 byes (9 teams x 3 byes each) is probably a lot more complicated than we might think. No matter what they do, SOMEONE will be unhappy.
Oh I love that word “taint” it makes me laugh both for a man and a woman. I don’t mean to taint the great performance of the Bombers tonight but as you pointed out this game was the second time this year the Lions travelled to Winnipeg on a short week and the Bombers are yet to travel to BC. Yes the Lions lost but maybe next year the teams that play a short week can at least wait at home for their next game… that is all I’m saying.
Big Question… who has the #2 spot this coming week in the Power Rankings? Assuming Argos win in Calgary.
The short week is irrelevant. Last year the Bombers destroyed the Lions in BC when they were on a short week. You can maybe blame being tired in the 4th quarter in a long close game on a short week but BC got smoked from the get go tonight and obviously a short week had nothing to do with it. The score may have even flattered the Lions tonight due to a late fumble 6.
The Bombers were by far the better team tonight and would have won under any circumstances. No excuses please. That could have been said of the Lions in the first game these teams played. After that game I do recall some Lions fans anointing them as Grey Cup champs and dismissing the Bombers chances for the rest of the season.
I urged restraint and perspective then as I do now. Each team has won one game handily. What does that mean in the long run? Perhaps nothing. The teams play one more time and that may be determinative of who finishes first. Maybe not. Lots can happen before then. The only game that will matter between these teams is the Western Final, assuming they play each other.
As a Bomber fan I am happy with tonight’s curb stomping of the Lions just as I am sure Lions fans were happy after the first game between the two. But first place and a Grey Cup appearance wasn’t decided tonight just as it wasn’t decided after the first game between the two. It’s a long season and we’re not even at the half way point. Nothing was decided tonight except perhaps that the death of the Bombers has been greatly exaggerated.
As to your last question, of course the Bombers will leapfrog the Lions in the power rankings this week, whatever that is worth.
Yes you are, you just said it you are blaming the scheduling.
These guys are pros and in great shape, playing on Saturday and then on Thursday shouldn’t make any difference. In the NFL every team that plays on Thursday night, played on the previous Sunday.
I don’t think the BC dbs were tired, they just were stunned by pin point passing and great catches
What a start - 3 passes for 162 yards and 2 touchdowns. Lions defence coach looked stunned on the sidelines. Lions have a sound defence, but which game was an aberration- the 30-6 win or the 50-14 defeat? Can’t wait to see the rubber match in BC.
Re rankings - Bombers #2, moving up to #1 if Argos lose in Calgary.
It’s a handicap for sure, but I assume every team has to go thru it. As was mentioned, WPG beat BC lastyear with the reverse situation.
As was also mentioned, whatever the situation, the Bombers were destined to come out on top tonight. They were focused.