Winnipeg – When the Winnipeg Blue Bombers took their 1-4 record to Edmonton on July 28th, the outlook was bleak. The Bombers were coming off back to back losses at home against the 2-2 Eskimos and Stampeders and were in danger of falling further in the CFL West Division standings. They had made a dramatic quarterback change, demoting Drew Willy and handing the starters job to Matt Nichols. Very few people outside the Winnipeg locker room gave them much of a chance to win in Edmonton, a place where their last victory came in 2006.
Well, when the Bombers return to the practice field on Monday to prepare for a game against the Argos in Toronto on Friday, August 12th, not only have they not fallen deeper into the abyss, they have moved up in the West standings into third place ahead of the Grey Cup champion Eskimos and the struggling Saskatchewan Roughriders. After the Bombers turned in their most complete effort of the season in a stunning 30-23 win in Edmonton, 6 days later, they followed it up with a 37-11 blowout win over the Hamilton Tiger Cats. In the meantime, Edmonton was losing a third straight game 23-20 in Ottawa. All of which leaves the Bombers in third place in the West at 3-4, with Edmonton fourth at 2-4 and Saskatchewan bringing up the rear with a 1-5 mark. Calgary leads the way at 4-1-1 with B.C. second at 4-2.
It has always been this way in a sport where the season is so short. Two or three wins OR losses in a row can result in a dramatic turnaround. And for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the last two weeks have provided the kind of drama the Bombers would love to experience a lot more of.