Today Scott Schultz breaks down last week’s game and looks ahead to the Labour Day Classic. In The Trenches is brought to you by Bennett Dunlop Ford.
Me: How can a team look so bad in the 1st half and play so much better in the 2nd half.
SS: Everybody will think they made all of these changes at halftime but that’s probably not the case. Sure you can make some minor tweaks but really what it was as simple as the players doing their job and playing with more desperation.
Me: Well it starts with Darian Durant and he played like a leader
SS: Durant is the face of this team. In this rebuilding scenario he’s still the foundation going forward in my opinion.. That guy was moving around looking better than he has in the last 2 years. And that play early in the game when he gave up his body to try and get a first down, that right there is why you love “Doubles.”
Me: Well all you football types say the real season doesn’t start till Labour day so I guess that’s a good thing for this team.
SS: That is true and really is a game when you can throw the records out the window. If we can’t make the playoffs we might as well play spoiler and drag the Bombers down with us. But it won’t be easy because Mike O’Shea has them playing like world beaters. Calgary is rolling but quietly so are the Blue Bombers.
Me: You can bet Dressler, who is expected to play, has this one circled on his calendar.
SS: It’s been a tough start to the season for him injury wise but like you mentioned Ballsy this game can be considered a nice reset so to speak and a spark for the rest of the year. I expect a big game from Dress.
Me: It’s the last ever Labour Day Classic at this stadium, do you have a favourite either as a player or a fan?
SS: One that always sticks out to me was the 2007 classic when Kerry Joseph ran the ball in for a score and brought the house down. That really launched us to championship greatness.