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WINNIPEG -- The loss of offensive lineman Chris Greaves is just one of the injuries forcing the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to make lineup changes for Friday nights game against the Montreal Alouettes. Ultra Boost Uk . "This isnt really the week you want to lose Chris Greaves," fellow lineman Glenn January said Wednesday after practice. Greaves is expected to miss several weeks after suffering a knee injury in last weeks 36-28 win over the Ottawa Redblacks. Cordaro Howard will replace the veteran lineman, which has other implications for coach Mike OShea since Howard is an import and Greaves is a Canadian. "Whenever you play a team like this that runs a lot of different games and blitzes you want to have a guy that youve had a lot of experience with," January added. "But Cordaros done a good job making sure that hes in the film room ... when were getting some extra time in and making sure we understand what we need to do." OShea gives a lot of respect to Montreals defence and so does quarterback Drew Willy. "They like to bring pressure, they keep on coming and coming and coming, theyre relentless ... (linebacker) Chip Cox is defensive player of the year (for 2013) but theyve got a lot of good players," said OShea. Willy spent two seasons as a backup in Saskatchewan before joining the Blue Bombers. "Theyve (had) a great defence ever since Ive been in the league and before that they won a couple of Grey Cups," said Willy. "Weve been doing our homework all week and know weve got to play a great game." Winnipegs offensive line has been doing a decent job helping Willy make a solid debut in his first season as the No. 1 pivot and the Bombers are off to a 2-0 start. Hes completed 40 of 60 passes for 615 yards and four touchdowns and sits behind only Toronto veteran Ricky Ray at 690 yards. But its those two wins that really please fans, starved for success after last years 3-15 finish. Only the Edmonton Eskimos are even with the Bombers at 2-0 and they too are bouncing back from a tough 2013 that saw them win only one more game than Winnipeg. Injuries arent helping in the Bombers pursuit of a third win. Defensive lineman Zach Anderson definitely wont be going to Montreal, OShea said. Safety Moe Leggetts status is uncertain -- Johnny Sears lined up there during Wednesdays practice -- and hurting wide receiver Aaron Kelly will be going but how much hell play is a question mark. The team is taking along Canadian Brett Carter as a backup. Kelly not only leads the Bombers with his 163 receiving yards after two games, he sits second in the CFL behind Torontos Chad Owens. OShea said Kelly hurt his knee in practice this week and left Wednesdays session early, but still expects to be able to play Friday. Carter, meanwhile, is a former Winnipeg Rifles receiver who got to work out with the team last season and even dressed for a July game, then spent the rest of the season on the practice roster. He got a late invite back to camp this season to continue his quest. "Its a crazy roller-coaster ride that I was on and it would definitely be great to start and have that opportunity but well see what the coach has to say," he said after running some first-team routes when Kelly left the field Wednesday. Montreal has split its first two games. Wholesale Ultra Boost . Sure, Josh Browns 45-yard field goal on the third drive of overtime lifted the New York Giants to a 23-20 win over Detroit on Sunday. But the Lions (7-8) dropped themselves out of the NFC North race by losing five of their last six games, blowing fourth-quarter leads in each setback. Ultra Boost Outlet Uk . The 23-year-old Neustaedter will move at the end of the season when his contract with Moenchengladbach expires. He signed a four-year deal with Schalke. To this day, in his mind, his side were the best team. "We knew we were much better than them, we were not afraid at all." Johan Cruyff shakes his head when thinking back to the day his Dutch side lost in the 1974 World Cup final to hosts West Germany. The shake, however, is not full of bitterness, bewilderness or even disappointment. Cruyff didnt need a trophy to tell him his team was the best. After all, for the next 40 years, all he and the rest of us have heard is how good that team was. It speaks volumes about Cruyff, and indeed the Dutch philosophy, that they were happy to be the Peoples Champions, rather than the World Champions. Greatness, instead, is used to describe the team that came from behind to beat them that day, a team featuring stars like Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Muller and Paul Breitner. Sixteen years later, in Rome, West Germany became World Champions once again. Great players like Lothar Matthaus, Andreas Brehme and Jurgen Klinsmann helped to dispose of an extremely average Argentina team. It was only one game of football. The same length of a match that can happen at your local park. Yet, despite it being an awful match, it accomplished something so important. It was able to separate greatness and mediocrity, ensuring the chronicles of football history were told the way they should. Since then five other teams would go on to win the World Cup in their own different ways. Some were better than others, but all of them deserved to win it and were better than their opponents. In Brazil we are now down to the final four. It has been a great World Cup, full of great moments, many of them coming from great players. However, where greatness has yet to be sprinkled is upon any of the teams. Brazil, Germany, Argentina and Netherlands is a wonderful final group to have in the semi-finals. Indeed, it is the first time ever that the two South American powerhouses have been at this stage in the same World Cup. All four are true giants in the game, without question, but so far the 2014 versions have been far from great. They all head into the final two laps of this World Cup knowing one of them will become the champions when they cross the line for the final time next Sunday inside the famous Maracana. All four have shown glimpses of individual greatness. Netherlands, who had to come from behind against Spain, Australia and Mexico, are inexperienced in defence and have significant weaknesses in midfield but they have lethal, clinical, great finishers who have helped them get this far although Robin Van Persie has gotten progressively worse as the tournament has gone on. Argentina saved their best performance for their latest victory, a 1-0 quarter-final defeat of Belgium. However, it was far from an outstanding performance. Coach Alejandro Sabella will be glad some players stepped up in key areas that badly needed to be improved but they remain a team that is very vulnerable in defence and the collective balance of the side is still nowhere near complete. Lionel Messi has been great at this World Cup, scoring or assisting on five of their eight goals so far, but Argentina have benefitted from a very kind draw and, other than at Messi, it would be wrong to place any kind of greatness on anyone else at tthe moment. Cheap Ultra Boost Uk. In fact, it has been a clinic in countering the argument that Messi himself must carry Argentina to glory, showing glaring examples of how average the team really is. The same can be said for Brazil, whose two truly great players will not feature for them in the semi-finals. Thiago Silva (suspension) and Neymar (back injury) will be a huge loss for the hosts against Germany. However, what this allows us all to do is to sit back and see if greatness can be found by others. It will be up to the other eleven players for Brazil to see if they can reach the final in front of an expectant home crowd. The Brazilian public often demands to see winners, while being entertained at the same time, and so far the team has only managed to, barely, win. With two games to go to win an historic World Cup on home soil it appears, based on the quarter-final crowd, that the winning ugly method is fine as long as they keep jumping the hurdles towards greatness. However, more often than not, winning ugly and losing usually meet at the same point. Eventually. Luiz Felipe Scolaris side have not been anywhere close to great at this World Cup but have two games left to save their reputation and cast aside any labels that have been thrown at them so far. Standing in their way is a Germany team who has also showed some significant flaws getting to the last four. Their captain Philipp Lahm hasnt been at his best, in either position he has been played at, while Mesut Ozil and Mario Gotze have been dubbed the invisible duo by the German press while coach Joachin Low remains undecided on who plays up front. However, their latest victory, a narrow 1-0 win over France in the quarter-finals, did give us a glimpse into what could be a victorious German team going forward. The balance of the midfield is better with the outstanding Sami Khedira in it, Bastian Schweinsteiger is starting to look more and more fit and influential, while Mats Hummels returned from the flu and ensured the back four were excellent for the first time. Make no mistake, this is not a great team. Yet. However, of the final four, they look the closest to such a label at the moment. It is a team that relies heavily on the influence of its Bayern Munich players, winners who have succeeded at the highest level of the game. It is a team that has learned how to lose at the international level and modeled themselves on past victors, Spain. Spain are on their holidays now but they have played an enormous part of what is happening in Brazil. Four years ago, at this stage, they were preparing for a game against the aforementioned Germans, after finally getting over the hump of the World Cup quarter-finals, a hurdle that had knocked them out so many times before. Their run to the trophy in South Africa showed us all what greatness was. This time we have had to wait much longer for it to show up. With one week left to go at this World Cup we still need to be patient. Four teams in a knock-out stage tournament where only one will reign supreme. Thankfully, we know from past years that at least the World Cup will hand us a deserved winner. There is still time for a Peoples Champion to be crowned but there is no time for more than one team to become great. It has taken some time but it is coming. ' ' '


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