Marshall flips bird at The Don

PAUL FRIESEN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:05 AM ET

How did the Blue Bombers feel about their waxing at the hands of the Montreal Alouettes last night?

You could sum it up in one word. Make that, one finger -- the middle finger of defensive co-ordinator Greg Marshall's hand.

The Als had just scored their last touchdown in a 44-16 rout, when Marshall raised his arm and flipped the bird across the field to the Montreal bench.

A coach losing his composure in the heat of the moment?

"No," Marshall told the Sun later. "I knew exactly what I was doing."

Marshall says his one-fingered salute wasn't directed at anybody in particular.

But his head coach made it clear: the Bombers felt Montreal coach Don Matthews ran up the score with a touchdown with 2:27 to go.

"I knew what they were doing, but I don't know if I would have done it or not," Berry said. "Let's put it like this: give me an opportunity and see what I do next time."

The bad blood stokes what was already a rekindling rivalry between the teams.

In a Week 1 loss in Montreal, the Als accused the Bombers of cheap shots.

Last night, it was Winnipeg quarterbacks who were taking questionable hits.

The Bombers were incensed with the officiating, in general.

Berry was heard on national television telling referee Murray Clarke he couldn't wait for the game to end so he could start filling out his report.

Talking to reporters after the game, Berry bit down hard on his tongue.

"I'm not going to comment on the penalties, or I'm going to say things I shouldn't say," he said.

Marshall says the bad breaks, penalties included, deflated his defence.


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