Obie gets the dogs out

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 5:07 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- Bob O'Billovich isn't buying what the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are selling.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats general manager believes someone in the Bomber organization told part-time scout Ron Trentini to watch Ticats practise on Tuesday and take notes.

"Oh yeah. He was there for a purpose," O'Billovich told Sun Media yesterday. "I'm not sure who it was (who ordered Trentini to go). But they've apologized, we've accepted it, and we'll just get on with the game.

"It probably didn't help their cause, because I'm sure our fans won't appreciate that happening when they get on the field.

"... I guess that just shows that they're respecting our team somewhat and that sometimes guys will do anything to win."

The Bombers (1-1) meet the Ticats (1-1) on Saturday at Ivor Wynne Stadium. Trentini had been accredited to attend the contest, but the Ticats have pulled the accreditation.

"We've got a big guard dog, a 100-pound husky named Boris, and the next time he shows up he's going to take a piece out of his rear end," O'Billovich said.

The Bombers say Trentini, who came to the organization through his relationship with director of player personnel John Murphy, did everything on his own.

Bombers head coach Mike Kelly refused to discuss the incident.

"It's a non-issue, it's been handled internally, and I'm not talking about it," a seething Kelly said, eventually storming off when questions about the subject continued.

O'Billovich said the matter is now "water under the bridge" and that the Bombers simply need to do "a better job in their spying 101."

And he won't change his mind about the spying incident if the Bombers throttle the Ticats on Saturday night.

"If they do," O'Billovich said, "it won't be because of this guy, I can guarantee you that."

KIRK.PENTON@SUNMEDIA.CA


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