1. Willy to go, but for how long?

Winnipeg Free Press - Section D - - FRONT PAGE -

Let’s get all the hearty slaps on the back and com­pli­ments out of the way right from the get-go: quar­ter­back Drew Willy is a tough blan­kety-blank for suck­ing it up and pre­par­ing to work on a wonky knee against the Lions. And the Bombers, ev­i­dence has shown us, are clearly a vastly su­pe­rior team when he comes run­ning out of the tun­nel as the starter.

“I’ve al­ways healed quickly, no mat­ter what in­jury it was,” he said Wed­nes­day. “Ev­ery­one’s a lit­tle dif­fer­ent in that as­pect. You al­ways try to be tough... I’m not try­ing to say I’m tougher than any­one else, I just think if I can do any­thing I can to push my­self to get healthy I’m go­ing to spend that time... You just hope come game day you’re ready to go out there.”

But what hap­pens, as ev­i­dence has shown us, when he isn’t the man tak­ing the snaps is pretty damn grue­some. With Brian Brohm at the con­trols in re­lief, the Bombers were outscored 42-19 by Hamil­ton in a July 2 loss af­ter Willy ex­ited and 28-0 in last week’s evis­cer­a­tion in Ed­mon­ton. There is some news on that front, as third-stringer Robert Marve — the flavour of the month be­cause of the energy he brings to the hud­dle — has de­clared him­self good to go if the Bombers have to work that far down the depth chart.

Bombers brass have their fin­gers crossed and are work­ing the rosary beads it doesn’t come to that.

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