Cou­ple of punts can re­ally stir up fans

SundayXtra - - OPINION -

THE Win­nipeg Blue Bombers an­nounced Fri­day both gen­eral man­ager Joe Mack and CEO Garth Buchko had been fired and named for­mer Bomber full­back Wade Miller as act­ing CEO. Read­ers tack­led the news with some pas­sion­ate opin­ions.

Wade Miller sure has the football cre­den­tials and busi­ness cre­den­tials, but it bears point­ing out that he is now a rookie when it comes to the busi­ness of football. I’m guess­ing he will be a very quick study, though. Any­way, it’s abun­dantly clear why Mack got the axe, but what was the ra­tio­nale for turf­ing Buchko? He was prob­a­bly on the job just long enough to find his feet and then BOOM, he’s gone.

— lol­lipops and sun­shine

Two down and one more big de­ci­sion to make. Blow up the board of di­rec­tors and start over. None of the mem­bers of the cur­rent board should ever be al­lowed to rep­re­sent the Bombers again.

— cy­bertron

This ac­tion by the Bombers is long over due. Miller has the huge task of eval­u­at­ing the en­tire football op­er­a­tions. The eval­u­a­tion has to re­sult in the next log­i­cal move to re­place Crow­ton im­me­di­ately and eval­u­ate Burke’s per­for­mance for the re­main­ing games. Get it done Wade!!

— sports­fan 100

Okay, the dis­grun­tled fans got what they wanted. Don’t see how that’s go­ing to im­pact the on- field per­for­mances, be­cause the play­ers have to play the games. But it’s just in time for NFL cuts to be­gin. ( And, for you NFL snobs, they are NOT cast- offs. There’s just too many of them to all make even a 60 team league.) A lot of good football play­ers will be look­ing for work.

— rod­ney2

There is a higher power. Wade is an ex­cel­lent choice. I hope he finds a place for Doug Brown who is an­other bull­dog. We need football peo­ple to run a football op­er­a­tion.

— bunny391

Agreed that changes are needed on the BOD as well but it would be an even worse night­mare if ev­ery­one but some of the play­ers were all tossed at the same time. I know a lot of peo­ple blame Burke for what is hap­pen­ing. We re­ally don’t know how much his hands have been tied by Buchko and Mack. I ex­pect with the mess in man­age­ment has af­fected player and coaches at­ti­tude and morale.

Noth­ing is go­ing to change overnight. I don’t think Burke has re­ally had a good chance yet. So that’s three ma­jor po­si­tions changed. Now we need to give them a chance.

— em­cee51

I like the choice of Miller as CEO, be­cause of how he con­tin­ued to make it on Bomber teams de­spite his lack of size and ath­letic abil­ity. He did by be­ing a smart and ded­i­cated. If those qual­i­ties can be trans­ferred to han­dling peo­ple and run­ning an or­ga­ni­za­tion, we’ll be in good hands, I hope.

— dwiebe3

Ah this is the uri­nat­ing in your pants part... Now lets see how it feels in a few months... We are en­ter­ing NFL cuts with no one to han­dle those. A glo­ri­ous op­por­tu­nity to add tal­ent to the team lost. Had the leak not hap­pened, the board may have de­cided to wait un­til later in the year or end of sea­son. Mack and Buchco have noth­ing to do with how the team is per­form­ing now and it would not have hurt the team to have some­one around for the NFL cuts.

— rimshot

Mack didn’t care and Buchko was in over his head. Wade is a great choice for the busi­ness side of op­er­a­tions. Duane Ford would be a great choice as GM. Buchko can go back to or­ga­niz­ing cruises. Fix the QB sit­u­a­tion. How does your num­ber 1 be­come your num­ber 3? We’ve prob­a­bly got the best run­ning back in the league but he doesn’t get the ball enough. We’ve be­come a laugh­ing stock. I fear for the Labour Day week­end.

— 34523555

At least we can see that Miller doesn’t spend half of his day in a beauty par­lor get­ting his hair permed and frosted.

— j knox

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