NFC East: Winnipeg Blue Bombers
September, 1, 2009
By Matt Mosley | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Former Cowboys cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones will resume his football career in Canada, where he'll join the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for the final 10 games of the season. It appears that he'll have the opportunity to play on both sides of the ball, thus doubling the fun for CFL fans.
Many of you will recall me saying last February that Pacman would be a wonderful fit for the Blue Bombers. Pacman covers a lot of ground on and off the field -- and he'll appreciate the wide-open spaces on CFL playing surfaces. You sort of have to admire the Blue Bombers' director of player personnel John Murphy for basically admitting this is a public relations stunt.
"From a marketing standpoint, a business standpoint and a football standpoint, I could go to 100 NFL training camps and every preseason game and more people will hear and know about the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the next two weeks -- from the coverage we'll receive -- than in the last 10 years," Murphy told SI.com.I don't know about the chip-on-the-shoulder talk, but I can confirm that Pacman knows how to bring "fun and excitement" to a city. Let's not overestimate the recognition that Pacman will bring to the CFL.
"If I was in the same position in the NFL I might have a lot more reservations. ... There isn't a better football player who's not in the NFL, at 25 years old, who's ready to play football, is going to play with a chip on his shoulder, and is going to bring some fun and excitement to our team, our locker room, our city, and our league."
This is a one-day story -- if that. It's not like NFL fans are going to be feverishly checking box scores of CFL games. I don't even think we have the CFL standings in my hometown newspaper -- and I've been meaning to talk to someone about that. I'd be shocked if Pacman makes it more than five games with Winnipeg. He'll get bored at some point -- and that's when the real fun begins.
Quick question: Did the Blue Bombers have to sign Deion Sanders to land Pacman?