Can't buck odds

Stamps RB Joffery Reynolds is hauled down by Bombers' Justin Coleman (from left), Tom Canada and...

Stamps RB Joffery Reynolds is hauled down by Bombers' Justin Coleman (from left), Tom Canada and Antwone Young. (Winnipeg Sun/Brian Donogh)

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 12:06 PM ET

This is for all you eternal optimists out there: The Winnipeg Blue Bombers still have a chance.

They don't control their destiny, mind you, but they still have a shot at making the CFL playoffs.

Let's just say if the Bombers (4-10) do make the post-season, it will be the greatest comeback in CFL history.

All they have to do is win their remaining four matches, hope the Calgary Stampeders lose all four of their games and pray that the Ottawa Renegades lose two of their final three contests. , and all you have to do to win that $15-million lottery is pick the correct six numbers out of a field of 49.

No problem.

The Bombers begin their impossible quest at Canad Inns Stadium this afternoon against the B.C. Lions, who have to be angry about their two-game losing streak that followed 11 straight victories to start the season.

If there's one thing the Bombers will have going for them this afternoon it's that the Lions are without star quarterback Dave Dickenson, who suffered a concussion nine days ago.

It will be Buck Pierce making his first career start today, but he has something going for him too; he's facing one of the worst CFL defences of the last few decades.

And that is likely reason enough for even the most optimistic Bomber fan to say, "Forget it. We're toast."

KEEP AN EYE ON

B.C. QB Buck Pierce, No. 16

The former New Mexico State Aggie has completed 24 of 37 passes for 462 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in five relief appearances. If he can't get anything going, expect Casey Printers to take over.

REMEMBER WHEN?

Lions QB Casey Printers made his second career start at Canad Inns Stadium last July 22 and led his team to a 48-17 romp over the Bombers? Printers threw four touchdown tosses, including one to Chris Brazzell, and rushed for another, while Kevin Glenn replaced a struggling Khari Jones in the third quarter.

KICKOFF/TV/RADIO

3 p.m. at Canad Inns Stadium, CBC/CJOB.

THE LINE

B.C. is favoured by seven points.

ALL-TIME SERIES

The Bombers lead 77-63. There have been two ties.

LAST MEETING

The Bombers led 10-0 after the first quarter and 24-14 at the half last Oct. 2, but the Lions stormed back with 24 points in the third quarter and cruised to a 42-31 victory at B.C. Place. Lions QB Casey Printers completed 23 of 35 passes for 446 yards and three touchdowns.

QUIRKY FACT

In two meetings last season, the Lions out-scored the Bombers 24-0 in the third quarter both times.

THE FINAL SAY

"Happy Thanksgiving everybody, and hopefully you have as much to be thankful for as I do."

-- Lions head coach Wally Buono, whose 11-2 squad can wrap up first place in the West Division today if it beats the Bombers and the Edmonton Eskimos lose to the Toronto Argonauts.


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