Victory earns pivot respect

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:02 AM ET

Gee, here's a revelation: if a QB wins games, he won't have to worry about any controversy.

Just ask B.C.'s own Dave Dickenson, who lived through it for an entire season as he watched backup Casey Printers earn MVP honours last year.

"With the quarterback controversy thing, you just do your job and the team wins, then you feel comfortable with your own security," Dickenson told the Toronto Star. "That's the only important thing in football -- winning.

KEEPS THINGS STATUS QUO

"If you win, obviously it keeps things in status quo, as long as you're doing your job."

Of course, had Dickenson led the Lions to a Grey Cup victory after getting the nod to start over Printers last year, that could have squelched more controversy right then.

While Printers is still being plagued by a shoulder problem, Dickenson has certainly earned the respect of his teammates.

"When he's healthy and playing well, he's the best there is," said ex-Bomber slotback Geroy Simon. "We need Dave to be healthy and out there playing because when he's at his best, he's pretty much unstoppable."

STRANGE DECISION: Dickenson, by the way, led the Leos to their second straight victory over the reigning Grey Cup champion Argos, a game that was blacked out on TV for some reason.

"I might get fined, but I think the league is dumb for not having this game on TV," Toronto linebacker Michael Fletcher told The Toronto Sun. "Everybody wants to see it."

B.C. won 30-22 while the rest of the country watched Edmonton eke out a 14-12 win over Winnipeg.

HASHMARKS: Sacrilege! CFL commissioner Tom Wright ordered the Ottawa Renegades to remove the one-inch FC stickers on their helmets honouring the late Frank Clair. No argument can justify that classless command ... Bomber QB Tee Martin has a fan in Edmonton. "Tee Martin is going to be a pretty good football player in this league," Eskimo head coach Danny Maciocia told the Edmonton Journal.


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