Winnipeg Blue Bombers no strangers to suspicious signings !!

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Chris Cvetkovic knows what it’s like to be a pawn in a CFL spy game.

Five days before the 2003 West semifinal at Canad Inns Stadium, the Bombers asked Cvetkovic to come join them. He had spent the entire season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders but was not listed on any of their official rosters.

Winnipeg’s opponent five days later was, of course, the Roughriders, so you better believe the Bomber coaching staff milked Cvetkovic for all he was worth.

“The first thing I did is I met coach (Dave) Ritchie, and then I went right into see special teams coach Less Browne and I gave them everything I had,? said Cvetkovic, who is currently Winnipeg’s long snapper.

“They asked me about any fakes we had been working on, our schemes. I was repping at backup fullback at the time, so they asked me some stuff about our offence. That’s the nature of the sport. Everybody wants to find the inside scoop and know what’s going on and have a camera at someone else’s practice.?

Roy Shivers, who was Saskatchewan’s GM at the time, was livid with Winnipeg for signing Cvetkovic. Bombers GM Brendan Taman said they had every right to grab Cvetkovic because he wasn’t on any official roster in Regina.

Cvetkovic obviously wasn’t much help for the Bombers, who got smoked 37-21 in the West semifinal, but he believes he wasn’t just a pawn. He has proven that by carving out an eight-year career with the Blue and Gold as one of the CFL’s best long snappers.

“They had five Canadians go down in two weeks, like (Warren) Muzika and all these old guys,? Cvetkovic said. “They asked me if I wanted to come in and play instead of sitting at home collecting a (practice roster) cheque in Saskatchewan, and I was like absolutely I want to play.?

One CFL coach, who wished to remain anonymous, said teams can’t get much out of a player that they haven’t already seen on film, so the chances Terence Jeffers-Harris will be able to help Hamilton are probably slim.

“Maybe a small key here or there,? the coach said Friday. “I think a defensive player may give you more. You’d be surprised how little some of these players know about what their scheme is. You try and get tidbits that may key a blitz or a coverage. They may get a key for a special play but not much else.?

Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice was Winnipeg’s offensive co-ordinator in 2003. :roll:

Interesting insight. Thank you TC23.

"Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice was Winnipeg’s offensive co-ordinator in 2003"

Not so innnocent is he. What a hypocrite!!

"'It didn't cross my mind because I don't think we would do that as an organization,' [LaPolice] said."

Really? Huh.

OMG…our win will be tainted forever by this outrage, how rude. :wink:

Welcome to the Jungle! :thup:

They’re no stranger to spying either!!

Remember this just a short time ago!! :roll:

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Blue Bombers scout caught spying on Ticats

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers may have gone the extra yard in preparing for Saturday's game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

The Ticats (1-1) reportedly confiscated more than 12 pages of notes on formations from a visitor at their open practice who later said he was scouting for the Bombers.

Tiger-Cats staff members saw the man in the stands at Ivor Wynne Stadium and questioned him under the suspicion he was with Winnipeg (1-1).

At first the man claimed he was taking notes for a summer league team, but when pressed, he confessed to being a friend of the Bombers director of player personnel and said his notes were for the Bombers.

The man identified himself as Ron Trentini.

He took notes that included full diagrams of plays Hamilton was running during practice, all of which were confiscated before he was escorted out of the stadium.

"Its unfortunate, but the Bombers are a great organization, so I'm sure it's something they're not proud of," Ticats president Scott Mitchell told The Globe and Mail on Tuesday. "We're all looking forward to a great game Saturday."

The Bombers said they never asked Trentini to take notes.

"It was an open practice and this guy does some [Canadian university] scouting for us in the Toronto area," Winnipeg director of football operations Ross Hodgkinson told the Globe.

"He was overzealous and he took it upon himself to make some notes. It was his own doing and as soon as it was reported to us we sent an apology to the Ticats."

With files from The Canadian Press

At least they haven't drafted a dead guy, (yet)

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That is the height of hypocrisy. Not even in the least surprizing.

The bottom line is that the Cats went by the rules that currently exist re player movement. The end. You don"t want a problem? Then don"t release the player before a playoff game. EOS

Oski Wee Wee,