I am going to be doing something a bit different than those that usually hand out game-balls. Yes, I will hand out a game-ball after each Winnipeg Blue Bomber game, but I will also hand out a jock (all figuratively of course).
The ‘jock,’ is going to go to someone who stunk it up! Maybe it was on one play, or through the course of the game. The idea of the jock, is that it will be the opposite of the game-ball.
Game-Ball For Winnipeg:
How do I pick just one player after a game like that?!
I know that one of these weeks I am going to have to give it to a defensive player as they keep playing lights out! Maybe that is why I find it hard to give a defensive player the game-ball. The Winnipeg defence is consistent, and I like to give the game-ball to a player who had break out game or a ridiculously outstanding moment. Yet, the Bombers’ defence is usually ridiculously outstanding. Seriously! Calgary gets a shot from the 5 yard line, and two shots from the 2 yard line and cannot punch it in!
Thomas, Jefferson, and Sayles all recorded a quarterback sack! Bighill was again savage! So much so that Carey threw the ball at an official and had to get sat down by his coach, like literally sat down. That’s something that I make my young kids do when they misbehave.
How about Liegghio who went two for two on field goals hitting his longest of the season from 48 yards. Or Zach ‘Not So Vanilla” Collaros who went 27/38 for 315 yards and 2 touchdowns. He could get the game-ball. A strong argument could easily be made that Greg Ellingson gets the game-ball this week. 11 catches on 14 targets for 152 yards – that puts him in the conversation.
How about Houston? He sealed the deal with an interception in the endzone that allowed Winnipeg to drain the clock. It was not like the ball was thrown right at him either. Kamar Jorden should have had a catch/touchdown, but Winnipeg never gives up on a play. For that reason Houston was flying to the ball and put himself in a position to be able to make a play. Everyone wants to talk about the play, and rightfully so, but do not forget what Houston did to give himself a chance on that play.
However, for me the game ball has to go to Carlton Agudosi – who I would not be surprised if he is named a CFL Top Performer this week. In his debut game, he caught 6 of 7 passes (the one miss looked to be a bit overthrown) for 70 yards, and 2 fabulous touchdown catches! Like come on! Those touchdown passes were amazing! Remember years past? It is what we hoped to get from Greg Carr. Fans hoped that Adarius Bowman would provide those type of catches. Those were both tall receivers that well underperformed. Who else? Mention in the comments. I know there are other former receivers that we hoped would perform like Carlton Agudosi.
I get it. It is only one game. That is why Carlton Agudosi is getting a game-ball and not a player of the year award here. However, if he keeps putting up those numbers with those types of catches look for him to be in player of the year conversations. Look for him to be in the top 10 catches of the year. Too early to say that? I do not think so.
Carlton Agudosi was cut from training camp! We went to the practice roster and when O’Leary Orange got injured Agudosi got a shot, and made the most of it. How can the Bombers not keep this 6’6” receiver on the active roster when O’Leary-Orange and Demski come back? For having a statement game, with highlight reel catches, stand up young man! Carlton Agudosi, you get my game-ball.
The last couple of weeks this had been an easy pick.
It is a little tougher this game.
If I wanted to go off-script and pick on the Bombers, I would say special teams. They just were not that special. In fact, there were two returners that almost collided right into each other when receiving the ball – more about that in my upcoming Truth Bombs article later this week. Actually, there will be a number of potential winners listed in that article.
This week I am going to have to give the jock to Kamar Jorden. This guy is supposed to be a stand out player, but man did he have a dud of a game. 1 catch on 7 targets, a bunch of drops, and – you know it is coming – a non-catch at the end of the game that Houston intercepted. That pretty much sealed the deal for the game and for my selection.
For having a terrible game and handing Winnipeg the win – on a pass that you should have caught – Kamar Jorden, you get the jock.
What did I get right? What did you disagree with? Let me know in the comments.
Written by a Bomber fan, for the Bomber fans.
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