Dirty Birds - GDT

Weathers looking good man, expecting around 25K for the game, let's make some noise.

Here's the preview courtesy of TSN,

Montreal Alouettes vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Preview

The Montreal Alouettes and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers will both be gunning for a victory on Friday when they meet at Canad Inns Stadium.

Oddsmakers currently have the Alouettes listed as 5½-point favorites versus the Blue Bombers, while the game's total is sitting at 54½.

The Alouettes defeated Edmonton 31-14 as a 13-point favorite in Week 12. The combined score fell UNDER the posted over/under total (52.5).

Anthony Calvillo passed for 327 yards with a interception for Montreal, and Avon Cobourne rushed for 54 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.

The Blue Bombers lost to Toronto 17-13 as a pick'em in Week 12. The combined score fell UNDER the posted over/under total (51.5).

Steven Jyles passed for 219 yards with a touchdown and an interception for Winnipeg, while Fred Reid rushed for 100 yards on 18 carries.

Current streak:
Montreal has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Montreal: 8-3 SU, 6-5 ATS
Winnipeg: 3-8 SU, 5-6 ATS

Montreal most recently:
When playing in September are 7-3
When playing on turf are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 9-1
When playing within the conference are 8-2

Winnipeg most recently:
When playing in September are 5-5
When playing on turf are 2-8
After outgaining opponent are 2-8
When playing within the conference are 2-8

A few trends to consider:
Montreal is 18-4 SU in its last 22 games
Montreal is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Winnipeg
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Montreal's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Montreal's last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Winnipeg's last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Winnipeg's last 7 games
Winnipeg is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Montreal
Winnipeg is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games

Next up:
Montreal at Calgary, Friday, October 1
Winnipeg at British Columbia, Saturday, October 2

A Bomber win is good for both of us.It'll separate the Bombers from the Esk's in the crossover and inch back up the east standings and if you win, Hamilton will have a chance to catch up to Les Alouette's.

Git er' done Blue :rockin:

Hi there BB fans!

We have been hearing talk about a possible new stadium in The 'Peg! Is that just a rumour, or is there something to it?

New stadium is being built at the University of Manitoba ---- a 33,000 seat stadium for the BB'S which will also be used for the UofM Bisons. ore info is available at blueandgold.ca ..... should/will be ready for 2012 season

Thanks for that!

Bombers 3-9

No excuse, this was in no way intended to be a rebuilding year. Bring back Kelly and Bishop

I have to say that tonight's game was a pleasure to watch.

Both teams played amazingly well...and while I have to admit I might not be writing this if the Alouettes had lost...I'd just like to say that I hope Bombers fans stay patient with their team...and see what a talented bunch they are. Watching this young team keep pace with an Anthony Calvillo led Alouettes squad was truly impressive...and while I almost never feel this way...tonight I wish both teams could have come out with the win.

Great Game Bombers!!!

:rockin: :rockin: :rockin:

Joe Mack has done a heck of a job in a short time of assembling a pretty talented squad. Unfortunately, his choice of HC and OC doesn't meet the same standard.

As entertaining as the game was, it was just as telling as to why this team is 0 - 7 in close games, and it has nothing to do with the players.

this has been rather typical of the bombers this year.

win the game for 45-50 minutes, and find a way to lose in the 10-15 you don't show up for.

Believe me...it took every second of Anthony Calvillo's 18 year experience to win this one.
This was a breakout game for Jyles and the Bombers.
I'm looking forward to more...sort of :wink:

You're right...had a lot to do with the officiating in this one.

I don't usually cop to the refs costing us the game, but wow.

…the reffing in this last outing was horrendous…BUT you have to look at the coaching as well…At the beginning of the year LaPo said he was going to put this team in the ‘best’ possible position to win…Well, from what i’ve seen of some of his calls, he’s done just the opposite…Mack has brought in some good talent and is living up to his billing…the coaching on the other hand , at this rate, will get this team into a Cup game sometime after 2020…There are people who have it and some that don’t…plain and simple…I’d hate to think we’re going to ride with this guy into a couple of years of futility because i don’t think the fans can take much more…I think we should play for the no 1 draft pick in 2010…there’s little or nothing else to salvage of this season…Creeping into a play-off in the west is looking more and more like ‘why bother’…AND it surely will be a quick exit to this failure of a year in any event… :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll:

In the long term, I think tonight's game has to be a victory for the Bombers. Sure, they just made their playoff chances a lot more difficult, but Jyles had probably his best game of the season. Other than the last-minute desperation toss, he didn't turn the ball over, he was money on the deep ball, and he stood in the pocket and took hits to make plays.

I honestly don't think the coaching is the problem...we're just not good enough at receiver. Notice the difference when Carr came out of the game? Close your eyes and imagine what Carr, Harris, Edwards, and 2 of Bowman, Ralph and Watson would be like...Here's hoping we will find out soon...

this is my opinion too..

if Carr is healthy and capable of playing like that on a regular basis.. Edwards, Carr, and TJH is deadly. but we have no receiving depth. like you said.. the offense pretty much died as soon as Carr left the game.

also.. I really don't think the playoffs would be a 'why bother' type scenario. i don't think the Riders (assuming nothing crazy happens in the standings) will enjoy having to play a team that has shown it can very well compete with the best teams in the league, were very close in the LDC, and then stomped them 31-2 in the banjo bowl.. especially since that team's top receivers in those games were edwards and bowman, whereas they could have edwards, carr, and TJH all ready by playoff time. as 3-9 teams go, there haven't ever been many more dangerous than this one. if only they could play a full 60 minutes..

I absolutely agree.

The team does need to do some 'growing up' as far as learning how to win goes. But I'm not sure I'd be happy to play the Bombers in the first round of the playoffs. A healthy Bomber team is capable of beating anyone.

....yeah ...as long as the refs. who officiated that last fiasco are nowhere near the next games the Bombers play...AND if we are still trying to find out 'how to win' this late in the year....well all i have to say is....get ready for next :wink:

Should we really be surprised at that?

With all the changes and young players, etc? I said before the season started that my expectation for this year was a shot at a playoff spot, and we still have a shot. If we can sneak in healthy, who's to say we can't make some noise?

Who was last night's ref crew?I know Andre Prouxl has it in for Hamilton...

well, as long as they learn to win at some point in the next six games.. maybe two against BC will help with that

it's definitely not preferable to still be learning to win after 2/3 of the season of course, but as kubie said, with the youth and the changes around this team, it's not really surprising. the Bombers are lucky that BC and Edmonton aren't very good.. that gives them a shot at the post-season.. so while it's not a good thing to still be learning how to win at this point, they are fortunate enough to still have time to do it.

but yeah.. those refs from last night should stay away :stuck_out_tongue: