Blue deja vu would be sight for sore eyes

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:36 AM ET

MONTREAL -- Doug Brown is hoping to see deja vu all over again this year.

Back in 2001, the 8-10 Calgary Stampeders upset Brown's Blue Bombers in the Grey Cup held right here.

"It would be something to follow the storybook script of 2001 when an 8-10 team played in Montreal and it would be quite interesting if we went down that path," the veteran defensive tackle said yesterday.

"But quite obviously, we're going to have to really make an improvement on the effort that we put forth last week (against Calgary) to even think of doing something like that."

FLUTIE MARK: Montreal QB Anthony Calvillo, a shoo-in to become the CFL East nominee for Most Outstanding Player, is only six touchdown passes shy of tying Doug Flutie's record of most in one season (48).

"That would be something that I would cherish more than anything else," said Calvillo, who has yet to decide on his immediate future. "Not the record itself but everything that's happened in the past. I don't want to say that I've taken my career for granted but each year, you expect you're going to be back out there the next game or the next year. But this past off-season really opened up my eyes and I said, 'Listen, the reality is, you're not going to play forever and there's other things you need to be concerned with.' And that's what I do."

Calvillo's perspective changed both on and off the field after his wife was diagnosed with cancer late last season.

"She's been doing great with it but you just look things differently," said Calvillo, 36. "Some days when I'm tired and I get home and my daughter says, 'Let's make a puzzle,' and I don't want to do it, it doesn't cross my mind any more. I get up off my butt and do it. You just can't take life for granted."

CFL DEBUT: Bomber draftee RB Daryl Stephenson will make his CFL debut this afternoon.

"It's crazy," he said. "Last week, I was playing in Canadian college and now I'm playing (in the CFL). I'm pretty excited and want to show what I can do out there ... I'm more excited (than nervous) to get the chance because I didn't expect it right away, not this soon ... Right now, I just want to show what I can do out there."

CITY BECKONS: The last time the Bombers came to this Sin City, Bomber head coach Doug Berry wondered aloud if some of his charges had stayed out too late the night before the game. But he did not expect it to be an issue last night.

"We're down to the end of the season now and everyone knows what's on the table," Berry said. "It's a lot different perspective versus early in the year and I think everyone knows we're in a big one this week."

OFFICIAL BIRD: Former Bomber rush end Elfrid (SWAC) Payton signed a one-day contract with Montreal so he can officially retire as an Alouette.

"It was a choice between Winnipeg and Montreal," Payton said. "I had my first quarterback sack with Winnipeg (Damon Allen) and I had my last sack with Winnipeg (Khari Jones), but I won a championship with this club (when it was in Baltimore)."

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PLAYER TO WATCH ...

Kevin Glenn, No. 5

The Winnipeg quarterback needs to get his groove back before the playoffs start and has just two games to do so. It may not be fair to the burden one individual with the whole load but, it says here, Winnipeg's playoff hopes are pinned on what the pivot can do, at least offensively.

NUMBERS GAME ...

30 --Montreal has hit the 30-point mark in 15 of 16 games this season, reaching at least 40 points in five of those games.

12 --The number of consecutive matches in which Montreal has scored 30 or more points.

77-35 --The Als have outscored the Bombers 77-35 in two previous meetings.

6-4 -- Montreal's edge over Bombers last 10 games.


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