It’s not often that I don’t get to watch a Bombers game. I think that last one I missed was when my cousin got married and he’s got three kids now, so it’s been awhile. Saturday night when the Bombers took on the Stampeders in Calgary, I almost missed another game.
My family had gone camping with friends about an hour out of the city. We set up on Friday, promptly got rained on, but by Saturday evening had settled into a routine where everybody was having fun. I had been wearing my Bomber T-shirt and hat and had 4 or 5 shout outs from other campers throughout the day. The game started at about 8:30 and three of us Dads gathered around the radio to listen to Bob Irving on CJOB. We were two Bomber fans and a Calgary fan sitting together around the campfire. The first quarter played out as Calgary seemed the stronger team. We heard the Ken-Yon Rambo touchdown, but as the first quarter ended so did the CJOB’s radio feed. At sundown CJOB turns down their output to comply with USA radio regulations.
Left without radio we spent much of the second quarter in limbo as to what was happening in the game. At one point a cheer went up throughout the campground and we could only surmise that Bombers must have scored. Indeed, we later pieced together that RB Fred Reid had scored on his 61 yard run. Faced with our dilemma, we quickly decided a trip into the nearest town was the quickest fix.
With everyone’s children tucked into bed, we left our wives to find a hotel bar. We walked into the bar with about 10 minutes left in the 3rd quarter. It was a bar that could hold about 70 or 80 people, yet there where only about 10 people and at least half of them had on Bomber paraphernalia . My Calgary fan friend wisely decided not to make his allegiances known.
I was please to see that the Bombers only trailed 17-8 at this point as I was sure that Calgary would have piled on the points after starting so well in the 1st quarter. The Bombers’ numbers didn’t look that great on offense, but the defense turned the ball over to create a field goal for Alexis Serna. With the score difference only 6 points there was hope for a Bomber comeback. Calgary stretched the lead back to nine on another field goal. Early in the 4th quarter Steven Jyles found Terrence Edwards for a 61 yard catch and run where Edwards was about 20 yards open when both Calgary DB’s took the same receiver at the line of scrimmage. Trailing by two the Bombers couldn’t seem to muster any more of a comeback and Calgary added another field goal that with a poor TV angle looked to have been wide.
With three minutes remaining in the game, the Bombers drove the ball into Calgary territory and appeared to be poised to take the lead. The drive stalled at the 30 yard line with 3 incomplete passes. Calgary ran the clock out and gave up a safety to make the final score 23-20. My Calgary friend was happy with the win, but I think we Bombers fans were also pleased. Our team took its second string QB into dreaded McMahon Stadium and nearly took one away from 7 point favourite.
We returned to our site, a few beers fuller, with a game to discuss and a league to argue about…… all in all happy campers.
Notes: On Monday, the 2nd, The Bombers released LB Ike Charlton as they reacted to his poor game against Calgary where he gave up 10 receptions for 160 yards against WR Nick Lewis.
About the Author
Written by Jim Penner
I've been a life long Manitoban and a fan of the Bombers just as long!