The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are set to take on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats tonight in the CFL club's first game since sweeping personnel changes were made on and off the field.
In the two weeks since the Bombers played their last game — a 27-20 loss to the B.C. Lions on Aug. 5 — the team has a new chief executive officer and acting general manager as well as a new kicker and starting quarterback.
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Max Hall will play in his first CFL game as starting quarterback on Friday evening, while veteran QB Buck Pierce will be backup and Justin Goltz will drop to No. 3 on the depth chart.
The Bombers currently sit last in the CFL's East Division with a 1-5 record.
They have yet to post a win in their new stadium, Investors Group Field, where the Bombers and Tiger-Cats will meet on Friday.
Fans weigh in
Fans of both Winnipeg and Hamilton weighed in on how the Bombers' recent changes may affect the outcome of the game.
Tony Pavelka, a Bombers fan from Minnesota, said he thinks the team has the tools to turn the season around.
"Sure, they just got to rattle off a couple of wins and they'll be alright," he told CBC News before the game.
Meanwhile, Tiger-Cats fans in Winnipeg say they believe Hamilton will quietly come in and defeat their divisional rivals.
"We're keeping low-key and all the hype is on Winnipeg and their changes in the front office," said Lance Whittaker.
Brian Dobie, head coach of the University of Manitoba's football team, said he believes the Bombers are entering a new era under the leadership of new CEO Wade Miller.
Dobie's prediction for the game? "I think it will be a tough game. I think the Bombers are going to win by 12," he said.