© Chuck Duboff
- What better way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday than with Winnipeg Jets, Winnipeg Blue Bombers & Winnipeg Goldeyes all making news.
- The morning started off with the Jets announcing two big signings, in goalie Steve Mason and defence man Dmitri Kulikov. Mason, in a press conference, sounded really excited to come and play in a Canadian market; he said the combination of a talented roster and the chance to play in front of passionate fans made for an easy decision. Meanwhile Kulikov was swayed in his decision to come to Winnipeg by Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele…knowing both of them, he reached out and was strongly encouraged to join the Jets and fill out a solid looking defence…Trouba and Morrisey, Buff and Toby, Myers and Kulikov. Well done Chevy…now for the final challenge of the summer, lets get Mr.Trouba signed to a long term max deal.
- One of the best things I heard in all the Jets interviews was this quote by Chevy: “This is about the now”. Both Chevy and Coach Maurice were talking about winning and move into the next stage!!! It’s about time we talk more about winning and less about developing. You’ve got your lineup now Coach Maurice, now let’s make it happen!!
- Later in the afternoon the Winnipeg Goldeyes celebrated Canada Day in front of 4600 fans with a 5-4 come from behind win. Edwin Carl came back and gave the Goldeyes a quality start. “Really good baseball game, and well pitched,” said Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney. “Edwin had a great bounce back effort. He’s been scuffling lately, but he gave us seven good innings. Victor and Chaffee were Victor and Chaffee. It’s been a bit of a battle to get consistency from our starting pitchers. If we can get these guys to settle in a bit, we feel good about our bullpen, and we think we have an offence that can produce runs at a decent clip.” (Thanks to the Winnipeg Goldeyes website for that quote.)
- The evening finished off with an exciting Winnipeg Blue Bombers overtime win against their prairie rivals the Saskatchewan Roughriders, 43-40. After a rusty first quarter, the Bombers found their rhythm, made an impressive comeback and on the sure foot of Justin Medlock, came away with a gutsy win.
- Matt Nichols and Weston Dressler have some great chemistry; seems that anytime Nichols is looking for #7, he is wide open. I like the composure that Nichols shows and though the O-Line gave up four sacks, I think there are really good things to come with the passing game. To me, Andrew Harris is invaluable…plays with his heart on his sleeve and is some kinda talented. Great having a home grown Winnipeg boy make it big with the Bombers!!
- On the defensive side of the ball, we didn’t really start doing anything until they started bringing more than four men; that sack by Jake Thomas in the second quarter woke them up and whenever they brought the pressure, Glenn got happy feet; the problem is, Richie Hall is just too conservative and afraid to call blitzes. I have to give full credit to Sam Hurl at MLB…I’ve been his biggest critic, but he played a great game last night…if he can keep playing at this level, it allows us to start four Americans on the D-Line. In the secondary, new comer Roc Carmichael, with many NFL games under his belt, had a terrible introduction to Canadian football; he got beat repeatedly and may have played himself out of the starting lineup. I would expect if Bruce Johnson is healthy next week, he’ll be back in the lineup.
For Winnipeg sports fans, that was some kind of Canada Day; I’d say three big wins by our teams yesterday on our countries 150th Birthday.