Winnipeg – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will be making their first playoff appearance since 2011. They just don’t know whether they’ll be hosting or playing in the Western Semifinal, or crossing over to play at Hamilton or Ottawa in the East Semifinal.
The Blue Bombers officially became one of the six teams to punch their ticket to the post season when Montreal and Toronto suffered home losses to Edmonton and Calgary respectively on Thanksgiving Monday.
Mike O’Shea’s reaction on his weekly Radio Show Monday Night on 680 CJOB was a nonchalant, shrug of the shoulders. “I don’t know that we set that goal first,” was how O’Shea described qualifying for the playoffs with three games remaining on the schedule. “Early on we talk about winning the championship, and then we don’t necessarily talk much about it after that.”
The Bombers and B.C. are tied for victories with nine, but the Lions have a game in hand heading into their Friday Night rematch in Vancouver. The Eskimos victory improved their record to 8-7, and the defending Grey Cup Champs own the tie-breaker advantage on Winnipeg after having won two of the three regular season meetings.
The Blue Bombers have a bye week to follow the B.C. game and then finish up with a home and home series against Ottawa- which could also serve as a potential playoff preview.
During Monday Night’s Bomber Coaches Show, the conversation also turned to the decision by Edmonton Coach Jason Maas and Quarterback Mike Reilly to not wear microphones during the TSN Broadcast of the game from Montreal.
O’Shea was not happy that his team, and four others were “forced” by the league and the TV Broadcast Rights Holder to be “micced up” during three of the four games played during Week 16. “It’s certainly irksome to go through that process and be told this is what you have to do, and that everybody has agreed to it, is troublesome. I certainly would not have subjected our Quarterback and our offense, and our team to that. Matt Nichols was not for it and if I knew there had been a choice, I would have made a different one.”
There is no word yet on whether Mass, Reilly and the Eskimos will be subject to a league fine or some other disciplinary measure. Or whether the entire “micced up” plan will be scrapped.