Blink blames the Sandman for tardiness

Jim Bender

, Last Updated: 7:55 AM ET

He has missed flights, been late for practices and tardy at attending meetings just because he sleeps so soundly. "I don't think that has anything to do with maturity, it's just that I over-sleep," Charles Roberts explained yesterday. "I don't hear alarms, I'm a heavy sleeper. The buzzer doesn't work. I've got to put it on the loud radio and have it scare me in the morning to wake me up.

"You know, my rookie season on the last day of cuts, I was late and (then-head) coach (Dave) Ritchie called me in my hotel room and I thought he was giving me the word to go home. Luckily, he said, 'Get over here,' and I immediately ran over. It's just one of those things that has plagued me over my career. It's no disrespect to the players or the coaches or anything like that. It's not something that I do on purpose, it's just something that happens and you've got to live with it sometimes."

Well, maybe not too often.

"I'm concerned about any player missing planes and we sure don't want to get into that routine," said current head coach Jim Daley.

"Well, he came in 10 minutes early (yesterday)," Bomber GM Brendan Taman said at the press conference that started at 10 a.m.


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