The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have one thing going for them. They play in a really lousy division. After three weeks of this 2013 CFL season, all four teams in the East are tied at 1-2.
Saturday night, the Bombers went into Hamilton and lost 25-20. Hamilton was the only Eastern Division team to win this week. They won because they played against an Eastern Division and, well, somebody had to win, we suppose.
It was a bit of a nondescript football game. Hamilton jumped ahead 7-0 on a great pass from Henry Burris to Samuel Giguere. The Ticats added a couple of singles before Chad Simpson ripped through a hole and ran 75 yards for a touchdown. The Bombers led 13-12 at the half.
In the second half, Hamilton outscored Winnipeg 13-7 in a snoozer. Buck Pierce finished 15-for-26 for 186 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. Nondescript.
Burris went 26-for-32 for 362 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions and did his best Ricky Ray impersonation: Lots of yards, no mistakes, not that many points.
Pierce was sacked six times. Burris was sacked seven times. That was significant.
Simpson carried 11 times for 116 yards and two touchdowns. Hamilton had no rushing game to speak of.
Granted, the Hamilton-Winnipeg game wasn’t as bad a football game as B.C.’s 17-3 win over Edmonton (goodness, gracious was that stinky), but it was still sleep-inducing.
In the West, Saskatchewan is 3-0, B.C. and Calgary are 2-1 and Edmonton is 1-2. Could we have a complete cross-over and just eliminate every Eastern team from the playoffs now?