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The Mike Kelly era, as short-lived as it was, kicked off a troubling five-year period for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Anthony Hitchens Jersey . Save for the season after their Swaggerville run to the Grey Cup – one that ultimately didnt pan out – Bombers fans have been subjected to the same hope-filled off-season rhetoric; what makes this the year they turn it around when the same pre-season confidence a year ago led to just more troubling results? And in a lot of ways this year could be similar. New general manager Kyle Walters was part of the old guard and new starting quarterback Drew Willy, he of just 147 career CFL passing attempts, cannot be considered the for-sure answer at quarterback. That isnt to say these things wont turn around this season, but old GM Joe Macks hiring got a lot of people excited in 2010, returning to the city where he won a Grey Cup before gaining extensive experience in NFL front offices; and Stefan LeFors, Buck Pierce, and Alex Brink all had failed tenures as quarterback of the future. But there is some tangible evidence the team could be breaking out of their five-year fog. Mike OShea leads the list of smart moves the team made in the off-season to quietly start a foundation that could lead to success. Its been a while since the Bombers landed a coveted candidate at head coach. OShea has been ticketed as someone to watch for years now after following up a very impressive playing career with a promising stint as special teams coordinator in Toronto. The Canadian football lifer oozes leadership and has the opportunity to set the standard for the Bombers roster as he helped to do with some strong Argonauts rosters the past couple years. Keeping Marcel Bellefeuille around as OSheas offensive coordinator gives the team a play caller with both head coaching and successful coordinator experience on his resume. And adding Danny McManus, by all accounts an up-and-comer in the player evaluation world, should be of benefit to Walters in the front office. And aside from losing out on the Zach Collaros sweepstakes – Willy was a decent consolation prize – the team added some important free agents to help in the culture change Winnipeg is undertaking. Nick Moore, who some had tabbed for the NFL after his breakout season, should be a fine replacement for Terrence Edwards as the go-to option in the receiving corps. And Korey Banks, who was added after a contract squabble with the BC Lions, still has a lot of game left to go along with his leadership and winning mentality. Maybe this year wont be any different than ones previous, theres really no way of knowing if the new regime fits together to make a winner or not. And there likely wont be an easy team to pick off in the East Division. But aside from bringing with them a fresh air and new way of thinking, OShea and company have a winning attitude that could finally reverse the fortunes in Winnipeg. If youre apt to believe a change of culture is a noticeable step on the way to respectability, the Bombers could finally be making the first moves towards contending this season. Notes West Division The Blue Bombers are returning to where many CFL fans feel they belong, the West Division. With the Ottawa Redblacks joining the league and East Division, Winnipeg will jump back to the West, alongside the Lions, Stampeders, and Eskimos, and of course their longtime rivals in Saskatchewan. Terrence Edwards Retires Blue Bombers fans havent had a lot to cheer about the past couple years but one constant was Terrence Edwards tremendous play at receiver. Edwards spent seven of his nine CFL seasons in Winnipeg, five of which he surpassed 1,000 yards receiving, scoring a combined 46 touchdowns. Expansion Draft The Redblacks used the first two rounds of the expansion draft to nab from Winnipeg a promising young receiver in Wallace Miles, and a strong special teams player in FB James Green. The Bombers didnt suffer a loss in the third round however as the Redblacks selected impending free agent Rory Kohlert, a non-import receiver. Ottawa never signed Kohlert to a contract extension and he returned to Winnipeg just months later as a free agent. Free Agency Winnipeg should be relatively pleased with their off-season haul. They locked up some solid players on their own roster and landed a star receiver to replace Edwards in former BC Lion Nick Moore, and a quarterback they hope can lead the team now and in the future in former Saskatchewan Roughrider Drew Willy. CFL Draft With the second overall pick the Blue Bombers landed a solid offensive line prospect in Matthias Goossen, who they hope will be a mainstay for years to come. Winnipeg also selected McGill LB Jesse Briggs in the second round, Simon Fraser DB Derek Jones in the fourth round, Mount Allison DL Quinn Everett in the sixth round, and McMaster LB Aram Eisho in the seventh round. Breeland Speaks Jersey . -- D.A. Points was disqualified Friday from the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am for using a training device while waiting to play the 18th hole at Pebble Beach. Derrick Nnadi Chiefs Jersey .Y. - OK, it is done. http://www.chiefsauthenticofficialstore.com/authentic-armani-watts-jersey.html . That time around, the cage is as much a part of baseballs daily routine as a beer and a hotdog is to a fan in the stands. Coaches, scouts, broadcasters and other media hover, tossing verbal barbs, telling stories and sharing laughs. Occasionally, especially in spring when the atmosphere is relatively laid back, the list of invited guests expands and on this day, Gibbons welcomed two men strongly influential in his life.The Ultimate Fighter Season 18 finale takes place Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event features a trilogy fight between two alumni from Season 5 of The Ultimate Fighter. In addition, this season will crown two bantamweight winners in the mens and womens divisions. Normally my TSN 1290 co-host Jordan Cieciwa (@FitCityJordan) gives his picks, but hes still away in Thailand. Instead fellow co-host “Big” Marvyn Timog (@BigMarv204) goes head to head with me (@LynchOnSports) in our picks. Let us know which side youre on for The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale, use the hashtag #TeamLynch or #TeamBigMarv on Twitter. Also feel free to leave you opinions in the comment section below. Gray Maynard vs. Nate Diaz James Lynch TSN.ca (@LynchOnSports) While this main event trilogy doesnt have the same luster as say Velasquez vs. Dos Santos III, Maynard and Diaz should put on an entertaining display in their third encounter as they both strive for relevance in the lightweight division. These two first met on Season 5 of the Ultimate Fighter in the semifinals, where it would be Diaz earning the second-round submission victory and eventually winning the show. These two would meet again in 2010 at UFC Fight Night 20, where Maynard used his wrestling to edge out a split decision victory.  "The Bully” is coming off his second knockout loss in three fights, after Canadian TJ Grant finished in his last fight at UFC 160. The Stockton native Diaz meanwhile suffered his first career knockout loss back in April against Maynards teammate Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 7. A loss for either fighter could set them back even further from a title shot. Since losing to Edgar at UFC 136, Maynard switched camps to American Kickboxing Academy, a place known for elevating high-level wrestlers. Typically for Diaz, his kryptonite has been top level wrestlers, as evident in his losses to Benson Henderson, Thomson and Clay Guida. There could be questions about Maynards chin, but Diaz is known more as a volume puncher (as opposed to a power puncher) and has just three knockouts on his resume. One area that could be interesting is on the mat, as the 28-year old Diaz has 11-submission victories through 25-fights. Maynard has never been submitted in his 15-fight career (outside of his exhibition loss to Diaz). With all that said, I see Maynard winning a decision as I think hell find a way to avoid Diazs shots and keep him at bay through three rounds. Maynard via unanimous decision “Big” Marv Timog TSN Radio 1290 (@BigMarv204) Its the third time theyre entering the cage, yet it is hard for me to call this a “trilogy”. Trilogies are usually fights people want and need to see  In their first meeting, Diaz submitted Maynard in the first round on an episode of TUF season 5.  Their second meeting was UFC Fight Night 20.  If youll recall, after Maynard won via split decision, Dana White didnt feel like he showed him that he was ready to fight for the title.  As a result, he gave the next shot at BJ Penns Lightweight Championship to Frankie Edgar, a man Maynard had already beaten.  Fast forward to this Saturday and they will meet again.  This time both are coming off TKO losses and both needing this win.  Who will rise to occasion? Usually in this situation, Diaz finds a way to prove his doubters wrong.  Diaz via unanimous decision Julianna Pena vs Jessica Rakoczy (TUF 18 Womens Tournament Final) Lynch For the first time in Ultimate Fighter history two women face off in a tournament final, as Team Tates Pena battles Hamilton, Ontario born Rakoczy of Team Rousey. The “Venezuelan Vixen” made a name for herself on the show when she upset 23-fight veteran Shayna Baszler in the quarterfinals. From there, she submitted Kelownas Sarah Moras in the second round of the semifinals to earn her spot in the finale. The Las Vegas resident Rakoczy had a similar path, upsetting 25-fight veteran Roxanne Modafferi in the quarterfinals and defeating Raquel Pennington in the semis. Clearly Pena is the more well-rounded fighter between the two, with decent standup and an exceptional ground game. The 36-year old Rakoczy has the clear edge on the feet, being a former WBA bantamweight boxing champion. In fact, during her tenure as a boxer she racked up an impressive 33-3 (1) record and if shes able keep this fight standing she very well could knock out the Team Tate member. With that said, in most cases the ground fighter usually beats the striker and for this fight, Im sticking to that philosophy. Pena via second round submission Marv Pena is the right kind of crazy to be an ultimate fighter. Maybe its the way they edited the show, but shes obsessive, emotional, and once they close the cage. Julianna Pena is a BEAST.  No one gave Pena a chance against Shayna Baszler and she choked her out.  We thought she couldnt handle the ground game of Sarah Moras and Julianna ended up submitting her. Then there is her opponent, Jessica Rakoczy. Last woman picked to a team, also underestimated in her two fights. She TKOd veteran Roxanne Modafferi and out worked favorite Raquel Pennington.  If Pena is the right kind of crazy, then Rakoczy is the right kind of mindset to be an ultimate fighter, a single mother who fights smart and uses her championship boxing skills. Chad Henne Jersey.   For this fight, Im picking crazy over mindset. Pena via second round TKO Chris Holdsworth vs. Davey Grant (TUF 18 Mens Tournament Final) Lynch Undefeated bantamweight Holdsworth faces off with scrappy UK fighter Grant in the second ever 135lb final in Ultimate Fighter history. The 26-year old Holdsworth had a pretty clear cut road to the finals, submitting both Chris Beal and Michael Wooten in first round victories. Grants path was a little more complex. After Tim Corman had to leave the show due to injury, Winnipegs Louie Fisette was slotted back into the show. The 27-year old would submit the Canadian Fisette and then earned a bye in the semifinals when Anthony Gutierrez missed weight. While Grant has more experience, Holdsworth is undefeated with a perfect 4-0 record. In addition, the RFA veteran trains with one of the most prestigious camps in Alpha Male, which boasts a stable of fellow bantamweight standouts Urijah Faber and TJ Dillashaw. Holdsworth should win this fight, as his exceptional ground game and superior wrestling will be too much in this bout. He has more tools to win this fight and we should see him earn a submission victory over the Brit sometime in the second round. Holdsworth via second round submission Marv I thought the best person to ask who would win this fight would be Winnipeg fighter and TUF 18 cast member, Louis Fisette since he was the only one on the show to fight them both. He tweeted back to me that if it goes to the ground then its Holdsworth and if it stays standing, then its Grant. Ill buy into that, but this isnt the usual striker vs. grappler match up as both are very well rounded.  To get into the finals, Holdsworth had to beat Chris Beal and Michael Wooten, both of whom he submitted in the first round.  As for Grant, he beat Fisette in the first round of the tournament, but got a free ride to the finals because Gutierrez failed to make weight and got the boot. I say that free ride puts a chip on Holdsworths shoulder and add the fact that he trains in a camp of animals at Alpha Male, I say he takes it and ends it early. Holdsworth via first round submission Jessamyn Duke vs. Peggy Morgan Lynch A pair of Team Rousey juggernauts faceoff in their official promotional debuts, as 511 Duke battles 60 Morgan in a bantamweight affair. While losing in the quarterfinals, Duke is credited with arguably the best fight on the show this past season in her three-round, all-out war with Raquel Pennington. Morgan meanwhile was submitted early by Canadian Sarah Moras in her quarterfinal matchup and is no doubt aiming for redemption when she squares off with her fellow Team Rousey teammate. While Morgan arguably has the better gas tank, Duke is clearly the more well-rounded fighter and expect her to find her range in the second round for an impressive finish.  Duke via second round technical knockout Marv Duke is tough, well-rounded and can keep Morgan at length.  I think shell have no problems here despite the issues that Morgan poses with her cardio. Keep in mind Duke has been training with champion Ronda Rousey leading up to this fight and that will only serve her better in this bout. Duke via unanimous decision Roxanne Modafferi vs. Raquel Pennington Lynch Former Strikeforce womens title challenger Modafferi faces off with Invicta veteran Pennington in a 135lb contest. Clearly the 31-year Modafferi has the edge in experience, competing against the likes of Tara LaRosa, Marloes Coenen and former Strikeforce womens champ Sarah Kaufman. With those fights also came the damage, including a brutal knockout slam defeat to Kaufman back in Strikeforce in 2010, similar to how Jessica Rakoczy knocked her out in their quarterfinal encounter on TUF 18. Proof of her wear and tear has been the five-straight losses shes suffered prior to coming on the show. In fact her last win was back in 2010 in a closely contested split decision over Tara LaRosa. Pennington, despite her 3-3 record looked very impressive during her tenure this season on the Ultimate Fighter, especially in her quarterfinal win over Jessamyn Duke. While she did lose to Jessica Rakoczy in the semifinals, she still hung in there despite a broken hand. At just 25-years old, the future looks bright for “Rocky” and I believe shell earn a second round knockout over the “The Happy Warrior” in impressive fashion Pennington via second round knockout Marv Modafferi has so much experience but can get sloppy and careless inside the cage.  While Pennington does not want people to remember her listless performance in the TUF 18 semifinals fight. I say Pennington brings beast mode to the cage and Im picking beast over veteran Pennington via unanimous decision Undercard Picks: Lynch: Blanco, Yahya, Harris, Spencer, Sampo  Marv:  Blanco, Yaha, Rosholt, Dober, Benoit Also be sure to tune into the “Weigh-In” on TSN Radio 1290 Winnipeg every Saturday as myself, Jordan and “Big Marv” Timog go toe to toe discussing the hottest topics in MMA. 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