Lightning delays Bombers-Eskimos CFL season opener – twice

The CFL lid-lifter has been delayed by lightning in the Manitoba capital not just once, but twice.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Edmonton Eskimos game was halted with nine minutes and thirty-five seconds left in the second quarter with the Eskimos leading 17-7.

Game supervisor Ken Lazaruk said the earliest time the game could resume is 10:45 p.m. EST.

The teams came back out at 11:00 p.m. EST and after a Chris Streveler touchdown pass to Darvin Adams closed the gap to 19-14 Edmonton, lightning stuck again. Winnipeg and Edmonton were ordered off the field with 1:24 on the second quarter clock.

The league is targeting a 12:40 p.m. EST return to play.

There has also been a tornado watch issued for parts of Manitoba. Parts of southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba were pounded by lots of hail and heavy rain in a storm that included tornado warnings in some areas.

There are reports of baseball-size hail.

Environment Canada says a supercell moved through the region Thursday, creating favourable conditions for the heavy weather.

Forecasters warned of “very dangerous” clusters of thunderstorms that could create flash floods.

The storm knocked power out in some communities.

There have been weather delays in three straight seasons and it’s the second time in three years the Bombers have had a delay at home. Winnipeg beat the Ticats 37-11 after a long delay on Aug 4, 2016. Then last season, the Ticats and Argos sat through a two-hour, eight-minute weather delay with Hamilton prevailing 24-22 on Labour Day.

-With CP files


77 Comments on Lightning delays Bombers-Eskimos CFL season opener – twice

  1. AAAAAND another reason I hate weeknight games. Feel for the poor working stiffs tomorrow.

  2. RicoBeBlue&Gold // June 14, 2018 at 10:25 pm //

    I’M about 35km southeast of the Peg, clouds but no rain no lightning, yet.

  3. No wonder I couldn’t find the game. …”GOLF HIGHLIGHTS?! WTF TSN!!” Lol

  4. Just saying // June 14, 2018 at 10:38 pm //

    Hahaha! Jones’s fault

  5. About to start…. Juiced to finally watch some football!!! Im glad the game was delayed I had to work late!

  6. canadianfootballfan // June 14, 2018 at 11:31 pm //

    I love that pic of IGF! The greatest stadium in the CFL, and this coming from a Ticat fan.

    Much better than that shithole the riders play in.

  7. Ridersrule // June 14, 2018 at 11:32 pm //

    That young QB for the bombers looks like a keeper

  8. True Green // June 14, 2018 at 11:39 pm //

    Streveler looks great. Winnipeg maybe won’t have the setback most people (myself included) assumed they’d have with Nichols out. I hope this game gets played out, it’s aweome to have football back on!

    • As I explained previously, losing Nichols like this is the best thing that has happened to the Bombers since Joke Mack was euthanized.

      Winnipeg will not miss the weak-armed and immobile scrub Nichols running the pop gun offence.

  9. Paul Bomber // June 14, 2018 at 11:51 pm //

    Update from IGF: lots of smokies and beer left, but the shawarma place is sold out.
    Strevler looking good!
    Jury is out on the D.
    Moral victory achieved. Real victory is possible!

    • Sounds like the stress of the weather delays has Wad Miller binge eating and gorging himself on shawarmas.

  10. Man…with a delay this long, almost had time for a “What Carter said on twitter” thread 🙂

  11. Chris Randle got absolutely embarrassed on D Walker’s TD. I haven’t seen a DB get humiliated that badly since the 2015 EDF when Eddy Gainey was torched by Ellingson.

    To be fair though, Reilly had WAY to much time on that throw. Bomber pass rush got ZERO pressure. As expected, the useless Craig Roh was completely locked down by the RT one-on-one.

    Roh is a poor man’s Greg Peach. A pair of awkward and hopelessly slow-footed clowns bumbling around the line of scrimmage.

    If this game ever resumes, watch #93 for Winnipeg trying to rush the passer. He’s playing pattycakes with his blocker.

    • Well crap….now I’ve got to watch for sure.

      Sheritt is having a hell of a comeback game.

  12. I hope this game fires back up in 15 mins as planned!!! I wonder if any brave Newfies are still up watching!?

  13. So….what happens if this system continues to hang around, what’s protocol ?

    51 ??

    • Same as the Fog Bowl – – finish it tomorrow before the Argos/Riders game.

      Why is it that Winnipeg is always involved in these debacles?

  14. This is why we need retractable roof stadiums in Canada.

    • That’s why the Skydome was BY FAR the best stadium in CFL history.

      Park underground at the stadium, get on the elevator and step off at the concourse and pretty much right at our seats.

      Such a great location too, right in the heart of downtown Toronto.

      • canadianfootballfan // June 15, 2018 at 12:50 am //

        Too bad the owners hate the CFL.

        They kicked the Argos out under the guise of wanting to install natural grass – then didn’t do that at all after they were signed to BMO.

        It’s why I find it hard to cheer for the Jays.

        • I’m waiting for the Jays to get a new stadium and then the Argos can move back into the Dome and reconfigure it as a football only facility.

          Then move the CFL hall of fame to the Dome.

  15. What a catastrophic missed FG to end the 1stH.

    Sean Whyte just doesn’t have the leg for 45yds into the wind.

    Dumb decision – – you could see that one coming as soon as they lined up to attempt it.

  16. Does this useless field not have any drainage at all? Huge puddles everywhere.

  17. little bo peep // June 15, 2018 at 1:05 am //

    I don’t think this is Chris Jones’ fault. This has to be Andre Proulx’s doings.

  18. Scottsask // June 15, 2018 at 1:05 am //


  19. Another asinine penalty for Chris Edwards – – another selfish play like that and this might be his last game as an Eskimo.

  20. Streveler looking NICE so far. I’m really liking his game. Totally composed, you’d never know he was playing in the NCAA last year.

  21. Paul Bomber // June 15, 2018 at 1:10 am //

    Still here!

  22. What a look off by Streveler! That was beautiful.

  23. Scottsask // June 15, 2018 at 1:12 am //

    Do they have a quarterback? Looks like maybe!

  24. Scottsask // June 15, 2018 at 1:15 am //

    How long til Maas has a stroke?

  25. Look at how quickly the kid learned from his mistakes last week.

    Against BC he was locking in on his receiver and telegraphing his throws – – that’s what led to the pick six.

    At the time I pointed out that was something he’d have to work on. Didn’t imagine he’d clean it up this fast.

    That was a masterful look off on the 3rd TD – – EVERYONE in the secondary bit on the fake hitch.

  26. Bad drop by Duke Williams. That should have been a 1st down after Reilly evaded the sack. Williams has to have that one.

  27. Scottsask // June 15, 2018 at 1:27 am //

    Biggie’s having a great game. So is Santos-Knox

  28. Did the lightening storm affect Nic Demski’s compass? I’ve never seen him run north-south this hard in his life.

  29. Scottsask // June 15, 2018 at 1:32 am //

    You might be onto something.

  30. FFS, Al Ross is so incompetent he can’t even manage to hold for a FG. The guy can’t do anything beyond holding a clipboard.

  31. Scottsask // June 15, 2018 at 1:34 am //

    I think Duke just redeemed himself. Get used to seeing that.

    • Yes, that was a great catch by Williams. Fogg just got manhandled on that jump ball. If they call plays like that to take advantage of his size, strength and athleticism, Williams is going to be a monster.

  32. Look at that throw from Streveler – – ON A ROPE to Dressler.

    Congratulations, Bomber Fan. You finally have a decent QB.

  33. Scottsask // June 15, 2018 at 1:42 am //

    Dressler looks like he stepped into a time machine and went back to 2013.

  34. Scottsask // June 15, 2018 at 1:46 am //

    I’ve found the Bombers weakness….defensive back, with the exception of Loffler.

    • Loffler is terrible, my friend.

      Slowest DB in the league. Hopelessly slow-footed. He’s great at hitting a defenceless receiver, but get him in coverage and he’s completely outmatched.

    • Or are Reilly and his receiving corps just that good? Walker torched Randal tonight and he’s pretty good.

  35. Scottsask // June 15, 2018 at 1:48 am //

    Thanks a lot Kevin Fogg! Now I look like a dope.

  36. Not a good decision by Reilly – – hoisting one into the endzone to try and avoid the sack and he’s picked.

    Calgary Fan having traumatic flashbacks to last year’s Grey Cup.

  37. Scottsask // June 15, 2018 at 1:51 am //

    Dude, seriously, just stick to football talk.

  38. Drake Nevis is having a game.

    Had a down year last season, but he’s a big time DLineman.

  39. Scottsask // June 15, 2018 at 1:59 am //

    Duke Williams is s Beast!

  40. 11pm pacific and I’m watching CFL football! Love it! I hated late games in Toronto (I’m used to PST) but for some reason I love this one tnite. If this goes to OT that would be awesome. Cheers to the ‘Peg fans sticking around the game too

  41. Scottsask // June 15, 2018 at 2:06 am //

    It’s been a good one!

  42. TD! It is a good one Scott! Does Mass goes for 2

  43. WTF is the purpose of blitzing Tay Loffler? The guy goes into the line of scrimmage and turns his back as he meets a blocker. Easily the most overrated player in the CFL.

  44. I envision everyone in….holy shit what a conversion catch! Anyway; envision evceryone in PJs with footballs on them. Ha!

  45. Let’s see what Streveler can do in winning time.

  46. Bad drop by Dressler on 1st down and it’s 2-and-out in a hurry.

  47. Apparently nada 51

  48. Damn, this was a winnable game for the Bombers, too.

  49. This loss is on Al Ross for screwing up the hold on that chip shot FG.

  50. Is your feed ahead of mine?

    • Giving Mike Reilly the ball at midfield in a tie game with a minute remaining?

      The game was over before the offence even stepped onto the field for that drive.

      Reilly is just so good.

      • Evil Empire // June 15, 2018 at 2:32 am //

        I agree. Barring insanity. Reilly comes out on top in that situation 9/10 times.

        He really is that good.

  51. Oh he nailed it. Dayum. Pesky Elskies.

  52. Paul Bomber // June 15, 2018 at 2:17 am //

    Never thought it would be the D and O’Shea that would screw us.

  53. Night All! This was fun.

  54. All that money for Adarius Bowman and he had as many receptions as Kyle Walters’ pet goldfish did tonight.

  55. Scottsask // June 15, 2018 at 2:18 am //

    Streveler played well, no need to panic in the’Peg.

    • He didn’t pass for that many yards, but that was probably by design. He can sure run, and that’ll help him a lot. He has potential!

  56. fannotacoach // June 15, 2018 at 2:27 am //

    Awwwsome game! Congrats to the Peg in a losing cause. The scribes have their erasers out to revise their predictions for the year!
    Can’t wait for tomorrow night now!
    Go Riders! Go CFL!

  57. Jack in Hamilton // June 15, 2018 at 3:15 am //

    I guess Sam Hurl wasn’t the problem. Same issues tonight for the ‘peg. They were very lucky that Edm’s defence (except for Sherritt) played absolutely horrible

  58. Wow. Hands up everyone who predicted any part of that! What can you say but Mike freakin’ Reilly!

  59. Tiger man // June 15, 2018 at 7:54 am //

    Tried to watch the game last night until the storm hit…gave up.

    Woke up just in time to watch the Bombers screw up their chance to win it….

    Mike Reilly beat a rookie backup quarterback…not that impressive.

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