A must-win was for the taking today. Saskatchewan's QB Darian Durant was knocked to the turf and injured his hip in the 1st quarter and was unable to continue. Drew Willy, a QB with less experience than Joey Elliot took Durant's place & outperformed Elliot today--no offensive TDs for Wpg
The Bombers were up by 1 on the Riders' 36 with 32 seconds to play. A field goal would have forced QB Willy to go 90 yards for a TD with less than 30 seconds to play; it's likely that Willy would have run out of time or thrown a Hail-Mary into a crowd of blue jerseys.
Burke's decision at the end of the game was cruel in so many ways. Burke chose not to go for a FG and trusted the punter, Mike Renaud, to pin the Riders deep with 32 seconds left. Renaud poochkicks the ball into the middle of the endzone instead of kicking it out of bounds inside the 20. The Bombers responded by playing prevent defense against a rookie QB when they sacked him almost a half-dozen times during the game.
Not only did Burke lose the game, but he lost confidence in his FG kicker Palardy and the entire Bomber defense today.
When teams play "not to lose" instead of "going for the win," they choke and lose most of the time because of their negative attitude. If Tim Burke can't find a way to believe in his own team, he should resign as head coach.
The Bombers are 2-8 and must win at least 3 more games than Edmonton or Saskatchewan (both 5-5) to prevent a crossover (unlikely). Even if the Bombers manage to win 5 more games, that leaves them at 7-11. It's not too often a CFL team is eliminated from playoff contention after only 10 games, but these are the Suicide Bombers.