CFL Week 8 Review...What do kickers know anyway?
It was a slow week in the CFL, but Troy Westwood gave us all something to talk about.
In the August 10th edition of the Winnipeg Sun Troy, a former Bomber's kicker and Dauphin, Manitoba native questioned whether Winnipeg head coach Dave Barry has lost the locker room, his players and their respect.
There have been numerous instances since he began his tenure as head coach that Berry has said or done something to damage his standing in the hearts and minds of his players, and his assistant coaches.
Here are two examples of things he has done, two of the many that have lost him respect in the locker-room.
Westwood, proved his comments were far from sour grapes, and much closer to straight facts.
However, Westwood also claims . . .
In my 17 years of professional football, not once was it left up to the returner if he was going to run it out of the end zone or not.
Not once. Never.
Oh really. Troy Westwood was a kicker. The office place equivalent to the copy guy and honestly what does Franz really know outside of how to work a Xerox machine?
Slow week or not, this is not a Westwood lampoon, rather a CFL review and on that note, on with the show . . .
Thursday, August 14
Hamilton (2 - 5) @ Winnipeg (1 - 6)
I called it, in last week's CFL week 7 review . . . week 8 preview, right here @ Now Public.
I think that was a call? For a minor upset in the form of a Bomber's win and the team from TOBA, delivered.
Upon reacquiring the starting QB position he had lost weeks earlier to back up Ryan Dinwiddie, starting quarterback Kevin Glenn struck out with a 285 yards, one touchdown, two interception performance.
Charles Roberts, shredded a Ti-cats defence that I think fielded only 10 men the entire game. Roberts racked up 145 yards on 23 carries under the soccer like conditions.
Honourable mentions to Hamilton's Terry Caulley, who averaged 9.90 yards on just 10 carries well reaching pay dirt in the second and third quarter to keep this one interesting.
Final score: Hamilton 24 Winnipeg 37
Friday, August 15
Montréal (4-3) @ Toronto (3-4).
I'd like to say that it was a pleasure to be in attendance the week that Arland Bruce "broke out" with five catches and 75 yards. But that would be lying.
I also read somewhere this week that it takes a" real" reporter to find good news and not always report on the negative.
Although I'm not entirely sure what the above statement means for my future career plans? But I am aware that it means my coverage of this week’s Argo performance will have to come to and end.
The Argo's defense had posted a no solicitor’s sign but Avon still came calling. Avon Cobourne, the Alouettes 5'8 import running back out of the University of West Virginia ran for 107 yards on 16 touches well catching 5 passes for 103 yards.
I've been trying my hardest not to put this in print for fear that I might curse the hard-working young Cobourne but the secret is getting harder and harder to keep, see The Canadian Press website http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5h2bCozCP6qlmaMTGnpDgXY5gWt0A or the Globe and Mail http://www.globesports.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080819.wspt-cfl19/GSStory/GlobeSportsFootball/home?cid=al_gam_mostview. So here it is . . . Cobourne is on pace to be the first CFL player to tally 1000 yards rushing and receiving in a single season. This tremendous feat is 50 years in the making lets just hope that the New Jersey born, Cobourne makes it to the finish line.