CrossOver SportsCast Episode 4

Ready….FIGHT!
In this episode, Jordan and Sean square off about the botched call in the Bomber game, the one that cost them the game at home against Calgary.

Last week, Jordan asked a question that only the Broad Pod could answer. This week, the Broad Pod sent their response.

Sean brings local football fans up to speed on all things Winnipeg Rifles, including interviews with their head coach and their starting quarterback.

Jordan debunks the myth that many Winnipeggers are taking as fact that the Jets are already in trouble. Preseason don’t mean shit, according to him.

Tune in and decide for yourself. Feel free to leave comments if you agree, disagree, love or hate us.

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Bombers downed by Stamps in a tight one.

The Blue Bombers lost a close one at home to the Stampeders Friday night by a score of 25–23.

At the three-minute mark, the Bombers were down 25–14, and a comeback looked nearly impossible against Mitchell, Cornish, Rogers and the rest of the defending Grey Cup champs. But it all came down to an odd penalty.

An illegal formation killed the Bombers final drive as they surged from second and inches with about half a minute left in the game. Down by a field goal, O’Shea put Hajrullahu out to kick from 48 yards out, but he missed wide right.

And with that, the Bombers lost six of their last seven.

The late comeback attempt started with a big punt return by Troy Stoudermire. Nichols then hit Moore for a first down, and after Bastien dropped a pass that hit him in the hands, Nichols went back to Moore for another ten. But the spot placed the Blue in second and inches. This is when it all fell apart. Darvin Adams was flagged with an illegal formation, which put the Bomber in third and five.

The rest is history.

The Bombers started the game swinging for the fences and scrapping like a street cat. Early on, Nichols went deep to Darvin Adams for a 42-yard touchdown pass, which kicked off an all out offensive slugfest.

But once again, the Bombers offense fell apart after halftime. And just like the last time the Stamps were in town, the visitors took control of the game in the third quarter.

Whoever said defenses win football games clearly has never watched a Bomber game. Again, the Bomber defense played well—Jamaal Westerman recorded two sacks, totaling 11 this season to take the league lead—but without a capable offense to move the ball consistently, it was all for naught.

Penalties were an issue again, and I’m not just referring to the one that killed the comeback. In total, the Bombers took 13 penalties totaling 115 yards, compared to the Stamps who gave up less than 60 yards on nine infractions.

Nichols was 18 for 28, with two majors and 234 yards. But again the Bombers had no run game to speak of. Marshall rushed for less than 30 yards. Walker barely cleared 20.

By contrast, Cornish ran for nearly 100 yards.

Another big difference in this game was the number of receivers each quarterback used. Bo Levi Mitchell threw to nine different players, with Marquay McDaniel leading all receivers in the game with nine catches for 159 yards.

Bombers, Stamps tied at the half

If someone had told me today that the Bombers would be tied with the Stamps at half time, I’d have said they didn’t know the CFL. After all, the Stampeders are 9–3 and leading the league. They have Jon Cornish, and the league-leading receiver in Eric Rogers, while the Bombers have…

But it’s true. And it’s not just fluky, either. The Bombers are slugging it out with the best team in the CFL, going shot for shot like a heavy weight contender.

Nichols is throwing the ball with accuracy, hitting nine of ten for 144 yards, including one of those things that good teams do often…but I can’t quite remember what it’s called… Oh yeah, the ‘big play.’

The big play has been an endangered species in this part of the country. Bad and conservative play calling has eroded the big play’s habitat, and as a result, it’s rarely seen. But the lucky few at Investors Group Field were stunned by its appearance this half on a play that went 42 yards from Nichols to Adams for the TD.

Jamal Westerman found his way behind the Stampeders’ o-line—a place he’s familiar with—to get his tenth sack of the season.

It’s 14–14 at half time in an offensively charged football game in Winnipeg.

CrossOver SportsCast Episode 3

Hockey is back….Finally. Jordan and Sean have been waiting all summer to be able to talk Jets again, and they get right into it in this week’s episode, as they discuss the first preseason game against the Wild and how some of the young players looked.

The guys showed some disappointment with the Bombers, who were blown out in Montreal over the weekend. And they talk about the Rifles again, and interview head coach Jason Park and wide receiver Ian Lee.

CrossOver SportsCast Episode 2

This week, the boys talk about the Winnipeg Rifles getting their first win against the Calgary Colts in the CJFL. They talk about the Winnipeg Blue Bombers getting their first win since the age of the dinosaurs. Tangents abound in this edition of CrossOver, as they also discuss carpets at Home Depot, and video games from PNP Games.

Check back here next week for episode 3.

CrossOver SportsCast Episode 1

Jordan and I introduce the first ever CrossOver SportsCast, formerly Not Even The Press Box on Red River Radio. Listen in to hear us talk about the Bombers and the Labour Day Classic. The Bombers lost that game, giving the Riders their first win of the season (hopefully their only one) and we break it down like only we can.

Check us out here every Wednesday.

The Labour Day drought continues

Whenever teams in the CFL are having a tough go, they can always look forward to playing the Bombers, who, Sunday afternoon, proved they aren’t even as good as the 0­–9 Saskatchewan Roughriders. The Bombers lost the Labour Day Classic in Regina by a score of 37–19 and increase their losing streak to four games.

The Bombers limped into the game, going two-and-out multiple times until a direct snap sailed over Jerome Messam’s head and was recovered by Sam Hurl. Brian Brohm was able to run it in for a TD. Hajrullahu put up a field goal prior to that, and that would be the end of the Winnipeg offense until it was already too late.

The turning point, like two weeks ago at Investors Group Field against the Argos, was a special teams breakdown by the Bombers where Nic Demski returned a Hajrullahu punt 60 yards up the middle, virtually untouched, for a touchdown. And it all unraveled for the Bombers from there.

The Riders scored 22 points throughout the second and third quarters and led 22–10 by the start of the fourth. The Bombers started the fourth quarter going two-and-out, and when Saskatchewan took over, Messam and Smith made them pay. Messam rushed for 37 yards, had an 8-yard reception and was responsible for four first downs on the drive. Brett Smith capped off the drive with a 13-yard dart to Rob Bagg that was caught at the Bomber 1-yard-line. Rob Bagg ran it in for the major making it 27­–10.

The Riders added another TD after Darvin Adams fumbled the ball and Tyron Brackenridge recovered and took it 22 yards to the house.

The problems in this game were all over the field. The Bombers were only able to mount 244 total yards of offense and their rushing game was non-existent. Cameron Marshall, the Bombers so-called first string running back rushed for a whopping 27 yards with an average of only 3.4 yards per carry. His longest on the day was six yards. Newcomer Chevon Walker had four carries for nine yards, and Brohm managed 22 yards rushing.

Through the air, Brohm was able to divvy up the work between eight different receivers, with Nick Moore racking up six catches for 57 yards and Darvin Adams making five catches for 49 yards. Brohm wasn’t able to register a touchdown through the air.

The biggest problem of the game, though, was the continued lack of discipline from the Bombers. The Bombers took 17 penalties totaling 140 yards, which translated into six first downs for the Riders. Six of those penalties were for unnecessary roughness.

The Bomber have lost their fourth in a row, and six of their last seven. At this point, it looks unlikely they’ll make the playoffs, never mind make a home appearance in the 2015 Grey Cup.