Sunday, July 17, 2005

Squeaker for the Green and Gold

It's not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game. That seems to be the approach i Winnipeg, but its much better to win one assumes is the credo in the Eskimo dressing room. The Eskimos handed Winnipeg its fourth loss of the season, but it really shouldn't have been. As it took a last second field goal by Sean Fleming to secure an ugly 14-12 victory for the Eskimos.

Heavily favored going into the game, the Esks came up flat and faced a rather spirited defence from the Blue as Jim Daley's team tried to turn around what so far has been a dreadful season. But once again offensive production was not there and the Bombers could not put sufficient numbers on the board to take away a win at Commonwealth Stadium

Tee Martin continued to struggle at the Bomber controls and the inability to convert a first down late in the game gave the Eskimos enough of a life to steal one away from the frustrated Blue Bomber squad. The panic button apparently hasn't been pushed yet in Winnipeg, but one wonders if Bomber GM, Lyle Bauer has one hand hovering over the control panel while the other one speed dials available quarterbacks. Would the Bombers have the courage to give Khari Jones a call and bring him back to the Peg? Would Khari want to go back? Just how long is it til those NFL camps make their first cuts? So many questions, so few answers, so few wins.

Winnipeg regroups and prepares for next weeks contest a Friday night football feature showcasing the Montreal Alouettes at CanadInn stadium. It's going to be a long week for Coach Daley, who is must be running out of ways to keep his team motivated and optimistic for game day. 0-4 is a huge hole to try and dig yourself out of in the West, a few more weeks of winless football and the entire season may be lost.

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