Revenge on their minds

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:20 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- The home team is looking for its first win and starting an unproven quarterback against a shuffled defence.

Sounds like the formula for some late-game excitement.

It was a year ago when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers stunned the Calgary Stampeders with such an ending, courtesy of a Ryan Dinwiddie to Romby Bryant touchdown pass in 2008.

But Stamps cornerback Brandon Browner has amnesia about the whole incident.

Although Bryant beat him on the winning TD, he almost needs to be reminded about the play before the Stamps play the Bombers tonight at Canad Inns Stadium (5:30 p.m., TSN).

"There is nothing to think about," Browner said yesterday upon arriving in Winnipeg. "You win some and you lose some. It's nothing I have been bothered by.

"It always happens that you will get scored on if you play DB. You have to be able to shake those off. The weak ones are the ones who can't shake it off."

Shaking off a bad game is exactly what both of these teams are doing.

The Stamps spotted the Montreal Alouettes a 20-0 lead before losing 40-27 in their home-opener a week ago.

The Bombers missed a long field goal for the tie and dropped a 19-17 decision to the Eskimos at a sloppy Commonwealth Stadium.

Last year, the Stamps went 4-1 in games after losses, showing they mastered the art of rebounding.

"We didn't play well last week and had a lot of opportunities to win that game," said quarterback Henry Burris.

"Here we are with our next challenge. Guys are champing at the bit about what happened last year. I foresee the guys coming out and having a good game this week."

After giving up 400 yards offence to the Alouettes and getting little pressure up front, the Stamps will shuffle their defensive line, moving Mike Labinjo inside and starting Odell Willis at end.

They are facing new starter Stefan LeFors, who came over from Edmonton in a trade this off-season. The lefty pivot is making his seventh CFL start but is still looking for win No. 1.

Asked how the Stamps matchup up against his Bombers, head coach Mike Kelly felt compelled to make a joke.

The Bombers had a tough week with the release of veteran receiver Derick Armstrong due to his refusal to play in Edmonton.

"We're just lucky to be on the field with the defending Grey Cup champions. We're the land of misfit toys, right?" said Kelly, adding he doesn't expect anything unusual from the Calgary defence.

"They don't try to hide anything. They say this is what we're doing and they go out and execute. It will be a good challenge for us."

Labinjo remembers the trip to Winnipeg well. He was moved to middle linebacker for that start, and the change didn't work well.

He's hoping for success with this move, which he hopes will allow him to fight off double teams better.

"That was one game you won't soon forget, the way Dinwiddie threw the ball up and down the field on us," Labinjo said.

"We have discussed it and we have told the new guys what happened last year. We will make this a business trip.

"We want to come out with a W. We don't want to start the season 0-2. We want to be 1-1 and getting on track.

"The guys still here remember that game well. Getting our butts kicked ... Defensively, we have something to prove."


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