More layoffs for Bombers including long-time equipment manager

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The cancelled CFL season continues to wreak havoc with lives, and not just those of players.

Another round of cuts takes effect with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers next week, and the knife is reaching into both the football and business side of the organization.

Nine people will be laid off as of Sept. 30, including long-time equipment manager Brad Fotty and head athletic therapist Al Couture.

Fotty would be in his 31st season with the Bombers, his 22nd as head equipment manager.

Couture would be in his 18th season.

Fotty is like part of the furniture over there, and you won’t find a more important piece.

From loading trucks late at night after games to an emergency helmet repair during one, equipment managers are indispensable.

Until there’s a pandemic.

Much ruckus was made this week over the abrupt dismissal of equipment boss Dwayne Mandrusiak in Edmonton, on the cusp of working his 50th season with that franchise.

Mandrusiak’s ouster appears permanent, whereas Fotty, who at least got lots of notice, will be back when the CFL itself returns, we presume.

When that’ll be remains anybody’s guess.

The uncertainty isn’t a great scenario for Fotty and his family, or any of the nine people affected.

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