PLOP vs. Winnipeg Media

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  1. Bronko

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    Here's an article from Wpg Free Press lead bomber writer Pauly 'The Weasel' Wiecek as he dissects Paul LaPolice and some of his strange ways. I've been on Plop for years, ever since I saw how poorly he handles the game clock and time management, how over-rated he is as an offensive mind, etc. Plop has kept his job cuz of many factors, primarily the club's fear of turning over so many friggin' coaches the fanbase will revolt, he's a very good community guy and there's just nothing special happening with his offensive personnel. Plop is also abysmal at releasing players, using the same clock management procedure (waiting til the absolute last minute).
    Yesterday, Plop refused to meet with the local media (he still honors his committment to Hop Irving on the radio show) to evade answering questions about his offense's feeble execution and some of the points addressed by The Weasel in the following article:





    Bombers have much to do before opener

    Very uneven effort put in against Tabbies

    By: Paul Wiecek


    Well, that was quick. Maybe even a bit too quick.

    Nineteen days ago today, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers took to the field as a unit for the first time in their 2012 training camp.

    The Bombers had 76 men on their roster that day. By the end of today, those 76 men will have been trimmed to a 46-man regular season roster, with a seven-man practice roster and injury list likely coming Saturday.

    And then, somehow between now and next Friday when the Bombers take on the B.C. Lions in Vancouver to open the regular season, head coach Paul LaPolice is going to have to sculpt that crew into a game-ready bunch capable of competing against a Lions team some are already saying is even better than the juggernaut that rolled through the second half of the 2011 season almost untouched en route to a Grey Cup win over Winnipeg.

    A very uneven Winnipeg effort in a 26-25 loss to the Ticats on Wednesday suggests there is much work still to be done. And yet for reasons unknown, LaPolice decided this week to make his preparation window even smaller by having no practice on Thursday, today or Saturday.

    It was one of a couple strange decisions from LaPolice this week. In another head scratcher, the coach declared running back Chris Garrett his starting tailback for Week 1 in Vancouver despite not having at that point even seen Garrett in a game so far this season -- and despite having brought in some serious prospects to challenge Garrett for the job.

    And then, when LaPolice finally did decide to give Garrett some game action Wednesday night, Garrett carried the ball just twice for 19 yards in the first half and didn't catch a pass before LaPolice sat him right back down.

    And so with that, a man who has had just two runs from scrimmage this year is going to start at tailback next Friday behind an inexperienced Bombers offensive line and facing a B.C. defence that was second to only Winnipeg in ferocity last year.

    And, oh yeah, Garrett is going to get the start in a new small-ball offence of screens and swing passes in which the tailback will be expected, presumably, to play a key and central role.

    If you can come up with an explanation for that one, let me know. I'd have asked LaPolice about it myself, but he refused to meet with the media on Thursday for the customary scrum he usually does the day after games.

    Bombers QB Buck Pierce, who went 5-for-15 for 154 yards against Hamilton, noted in the locker-room after the game that installing a new offence is a slow and arduous process, suggesting that any Bomber fans who were expecting to suddenly see Buck transform into Joe Montana under Bill Walsh in Week 1 are probably being a bit naive.

    The good news with Garrett, of course, is that he's a proven commodity based on what he did last year. The Bombers know he can play in the CFL and he will presumably find his rhythm sooner or later.

    The same certainty cannot be ascribed to the Bombers offensive line, however. The hogs were the biggest question mark coming into training camp after the off-season departures of veteran guard Brendon LaBatte and centre Obby Khan -- and 19 days later, there's not many answers and even more questions due to injuries that have sidelined starting tackles Andre Douglas and Glenn January for the better part of camp.

    All of which is not to say nothing has been resolved during this training camp. Management seems set, for instance, on a completely revamped defensive line with Jason Vega and Kenny Mainor on the ends and Bryant Turner and Dorion Smith in the middle. Winnipeg registered just three sacks in two pre-season games -- the Bombers gave up 10 -- but the feeling is that what the front-four this year has given up with the off-season departures of veterans Odell Willis and Doug Brown, they've made up for with the deeper talent of an all-American line.

    At linebacker, Henoc Muamba is probably the future at the middle position but it will be Pierre-Luc Labbe who will start the 2012 season, just as he ended 2011.

    The secondary is back intact and looks to be fine, as does a receiving corps of Terrence Edwards, Kito Poblah, Clarence Denmark and, when he returns from a hamstring injury, Cory Watson.

    It's still tough to say who will hold down the fifth receiver spot, although both Kurt Adams and Chris Matthews look like capable replacements for Greg Carr. The depth at Canadian receiver will almost certainly come from Rory Kohlert and Jade Etienne, in that order.

    And finally, the backup QB job was Alex Brink's to lose coming into camp and it appears he's done enough to keep the No. 2 spot ahead of Joey Elliott, who had a courageous camp in coming back from a devastating knee injury last season.

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    Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 22
     
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    The guys goes from 4-14 to an east division championship in one year and still they whine. Sometimes I'm glad Montreal media don't care as much for our team here.
     
  3. Bronko

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    Winnipeg media is very competitive (print and TV, radio not so much) and with the Buchko Botch on the stadium, the team has opened the floodgates to more severe examination of its football ops. The team radio broadcaster is still basically a house organ for the bombers (Hop Sing Irving) and the TSN 1290 radio would normally take the heel role on the bombers but they know the team is part of TSN's extensive TV coverage of the CFL so they can't go off the deep end with hardcore criticism. That leaves the two papers and last year the Free Press was fairly soft on the bombers (the bombers were really good at defense and managed to back into first place in East before getting their clocks cleaned at the Grey Cup)

    The Wpg SUn paper has always had some loose cannons to act as truth-tellers and keep the team honest. Now, it appears the Free Press has gone a similar route. (ie. no more "house organ" style reporting!!!!)
     
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    their clocks cleaned? hardly. 17-9 until the end of the 3rd quarter. amazing 2TD comeback in the 4th. Game was on the line until 54 seconds left. What winnipeg media seem to fail to understand is that BC had a pretty decent defence too.
     
  5. Bronko

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    You almost sound like a Wpg apologist 2-3; The Bomber d held their feeble offense in the game until BC started to play kitty bar the door near the end and the bombers managed to close the gap against the infamous 'Prevent D'.....

    Plop (and sideboy Jaime Barresi) were over-powered by the brilliance of Pasquale Buono, the italian stallion and Lulay was able to find enough holes in Burke's vaunted D to take the early lead. Pierce was no match in the accuracy dept. with Lulay, Garrett couldn't reproduce his astounding effort vs. Hamilton and Doug Brown chose a bad time to have his worst game in years vs. the strong/tough BC o-line. Wpg. needed all its best players to report for work and put in a sterling effort (Pierce, Brown, Garrett, Khan were sub-par) and hope Lulay, Simon, Bruce, Solly Bomb Bombs were slightly off their best outings.

    Didn't work out that way. Wpg. actually did well, mostly based on some artificial injection of chutzpah from the Hamilton win - but they had lost 7 of their final 10 down the stretch!
     
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    They were reminiscent of the 2006 alouettes who started 7-0 and finished first at 10-8 on a 24-20 win in TO in the final reg season game. The Grey Cup outcome was the same.

    23 points is the most winnipeg has scored in the grey cup since Cal Murphy's 1993 team. Hamilton hasn't played in it for 13 years and the argos only once in 15 years so bomber media should, as iso puts it so well, STHU.

    I'm not an apologist, I'm a aplopogist.
     
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    Aplopogist - thats a good one. Wish I'd thought of it!!!
     
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    Aplopogy accepted.
     
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    Nate, the Bombers are going to struggle thanks to starting 4 games on the road & Joe Mack refusing to sign any FA's. But no practices, wow. Give the team the day off, maybe two... but 3???
     
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    Big Ploppa Pump (Lapolice) has most of the Wpg. media wrapped around his finger - they're very obedient and of course, Bob Irving has been known to caddy for most bomber coaches including Reinbold, Kelly & Ritchie.

    Nobody really is allowed to lump heavy criticism on Lapo or Drowsy Joe, or else they're taken to a corner and told they'll have limited access to players, coaches, managers.

    Paul Friesen (Wpg. Sun) was the first to break code and he rarely strays into the dressing room or bomber office anymore. Now, Pauly Weasel is starting to do the same thing. I was the first fan who broke code and got shunned and called out by Big Lyle so its not just a conspiracy theory, its REAL, ITS DAMN REAL!!! (bet you gotta kick out of that one Al)

    The relaxed practice sked is almost an admission that this team will be lucky to go 1-3 out of the chute, so why push the guys, take some time, let those first 4 away games be considered exhibitions for 2 points and then start building your team for the last 14 games.

    Hi-risk, I'd say but who knows what the future holds. You only win or lose one game at a time, so the process of domination or submission is extremely slow.
     
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    Giving up summer games in Winnipeg is inexcusable. What a Botchedko schedule. Gonna kill this team. I'm afraid it'll be back to 2010, you watch. Argos & Ti Cats are much better.
     
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    at least skeeter season will be out of the way. right? i drove from montreal to the peg one time july 5th 2007 to see the als lose 32-23 to the bombers. the front of my car was more of a bug bumper.
     
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    That wasn't Winnipeg's fault. That was Northern Ontario. ;)
     
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    uh huh. yeah sure. on the way back i picked up this pacific coast indian, real redskin, near the terry fox statue, called himself Colin Roberts and claimed he wrote all the songs for metallica and whatnot. drove him straight to ottawa. We stayed a night at wawa in separate rooms. I was tempted to dump him there but didn't, then found out that you must never get stranded at wawa. No one picks anyone up there.
     
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    Wasn't there a song in the 70's that mentioned Wawa??? Always wanted to drive the Northern tip of Lake Superior.
     
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