Paul Lapolice

....Couldn't get my old user name 'papazoola' to work guys....so here's my new handle ..JerryJAMES 45...I've been reborn :lol:

Interesting blog from Darren Cameron (http://www.bluebombers.com/2015/12/15/b ... -lapolice/) :

It was Friday, December 4, and Paul LaPolice arrived at Investors Group Field shortly before his scheduled 9:00 a.m. meeting. It had been a late night the night before, as General Manager Kyle Walters and Head Coach Mike O’Shea had flown home from interviewing an Offensive Coordinator candidate in another city.

Paul came down to the bowels of the stadium, where even a regular staff member can get lost. Wearing dress pants and a dress shirt, and armed with a book full of years of accumulated football knowledge, he didn’t come in expecting to be handed anything. He came in to win the job as the team’s Offensive Coordinator. For hours, well into the afternoon, the trio talked football, watched film, went through the things Paul wanted to implement. He didn’t present it as ‘this is what was wrong’, but rather ‘this is what we would be doing in 2016’.

Mike and Paul talked football, and Kyle discussed specifics regarding contract issues and the administrative side of things. Around 11:30 a.m., while the three were still mid-discussion, I received a text from Kyle, brief, but to the point: “LaPo is really good? it read. They had met and spoken with many other candidates prior to meeting with Paul but this was the first time either had expressed genuine excitement.

That Friday meeting ended around 3:30 p.m., and the decision from Coach O’Shea came without hesitation. He wanted Paul LaPolice to be our Offensive Coordinator.

But it wasn’t going to be that simple. Paul had other teams interested in his services as well, including a scheduled visit the following week. Paul and I worked together for over two seasons when he was the Head Coach of the Blue Bombers and we still have a great relationship. Upon hearing how well his meeting had gone, I called him late Friday afternoon and nagged him to make the ‘right’ decision and come here. We were speaking as friends, and he assured me that ultimately whatever was best for him and his family would settle his decision. Quarterback Drew Willy sent Paul a text on Friday as well, telling him how much he wanted to work with him. Drew told me later that night, “I don’t want to say too much or think about it too much, and get my hopes up just yet.?

Throughout the weekend we didn’t have much communication, but on Monday morning the decision was made that instead waiting on Paul’s later meetings, we would try to make him an offer that would keep him from even wanting to get on an airplane later in the week. Sure enough, Paul and his camp were thinking the same thing, and within a few hours, an agreement had been struck.

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Once Paul had the contract in his hands, it was a matter of time before the news broke. In an attempt to get the moment on camera to announce the news, I called Paul while we were already on our way over to inform him we’d be meeting him at home. We arrived moments after Mike, who was headed over to pick up the signed contract, and announced the news as Paul’s wife Tina was about to serve dinner to their family. With all the movement and changes in coaching staffs over the past few weeks, this was a big addition and a big win for our organization.

Welcome back, Paul.

Nice post!

Say it isn't so! :lol:

....It is so....I don't have a clue why my old name wasn't working and I hear it happened to a few people...Gave up after ten tries and decided to go with an old Bomber player who was a force back in the day..He spelled the first name a little different but the sentiment is there...Anyway I'm classed as a rook by losing all of my previous posting history...Guess I'll have to live with it.. :roll:

Same here papa...I used to be ploen_truth.

......Yeah it's pretty shabby treatment for us long time posters ...Maybe they wanted to get rid of us old dogs...but we fooled em.. :lol:

I'm back!

Papa/Jerry, send a PM to sully and he'll fix it up.

THIS DEAL IS A VERY STRONG PICKUP WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A VERY GOOD YEAR. SOME FA PICKUPS AND CONSISTENCY WITH SAME CORE. PAUL IS VERY WELL RESPECTED FOR HIS FOOTBALL BRAIN AND VISION. HE HAS BEEN UPFRONT AND CENTER STAGE ON TSN SINCE HIS LAST COACHING JOB. ONE HE SHOULD HAVE NEVER LOST MY OPINION . HE IS COMING BACK TO MAKE A STATEMENT TO WINNIPEG AND ALL AROUND THE CFL. AND BEST PART IN HIS OWN CITY HE CALLS HOME. YOU CAN BET HE IS COMING IN WITH A UPDATED FAST PLAY RUN AND THROW OFFENCE. THAT HAS NOT BEEN SCENE IN THESE PARTS FOR AWHILE. I HOPE BUCK IS MADE QUARTERBACK COACH ANOTHER PIECE OF THE PUZZLE THAT HAS BEEN MISSING AROUND HERE. A CONSISTENT CORE OF PLAYERS COMING BACK. PLAYERS THAT JUST LOST THERE LOCKER ROOM FOR THE CUP. YOU CAN BET THEY WILL BE TRAINING HARD TO MAKE UP FOR THAT TOO. THE LIST OF POSITIVES CONTINUE TO GROW ALL EXCITING BOMBER NEWS. I HAVE EVERY FAITH IN OSHEA AS OUR HEAD GENERAL ALSO SMART AND HAS A STRONG FIRE BURNING IN HIS STOMACH TO NOT ONLY WIN BUT DOMINATE 2016 IN EVERY CATEGORY. DEFENSE GOING TO PLAY TOUGH ALL YEAR LOOK FOR SOME EXCITING THINGS FROM THIS GROUP. I HOPE THE NEW UNIFORMS I HAVE BEEN HEARING ABOUT TRULY ARE GOING CLOSER TO OUR COLORS OF THE PAST . I JUST WISH THIS EMAIL REACHES THE MUSIC DIRECTOR IN CHARGE OF PICKING OUR COME OUT ONTO FIELD. PLEASE LISTEN TO IRON MAIDEN ACES HIGH THAT OPENS WITH WINSTON CHURCHILL MOST FAMOUS SPEECH " WE SHALL FIGHT AND NEVER SURRENDER OUR FIELD. LARGER BOMBER PLANE SOUND . EVERY FAN WILL BE OUT OF THERE SEAT AND THE WAVE . OH I REMEMBER THE WAVE. SEASON PLEASE HURRY UP I'M :smiley: READY TO GO.

.....Good post goingdeep....You aren't the only one who is eager for the next season to get under way ...I believe like you that this team is going to be in the mix next year and will surprise... :thup:

....Finally got my old handle back ... so it's up ...up and away :slight_smile:

No need to yell. lol