Mudge suffered on sidelines

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:01 AM ET

Dave Mudge couldn't do anything about the outcome, but that didn't make it any easier to swallow.

Mudge, the former Winnipeg Blue Bombers offensive lineman, was active for Sunday's 94th Grey Cup game, but wasn't fully healthy and didn't get into the contest.

The B.C. Lions defeated the Montreal Alouettes 25-14 before a packed house at Canad Inns Stadium as Mudge was left to suffer the same fate as in 2001 when the Blue and Gold were defeated in the big game by the Calgary Stampeders.

"It's tough to compare one game to the other. It's a totally different thing," said Mudge, who came back early from a torn pectoral muscle. "It is a big game, absolutely and it's tough any time you lose a big game. That was as big as they come and we just couldn't pull it off."

Being on the sidelines in uniform was better than watching in street clothes.

"Any time you're in that situation, you just want to be with the guys and I think the guys played really well," said Mudge.

SAME OLD: Alouettes head coach and general manager Jim Popp might have thought he was having a bad dream or worse yet, a recurring nightmare.

GIVE B.C. CREDIT

"I don't think it was us being flat," said Popp. "Give B.C. credit but I think we did more to ourselves than what B.C. did to us. The Grey Cup was kind of like our season this year. Even games we've won, we only seem to play two or three really good quarters or half a game. Sometimes the game goes in our favour and sometimes it didn't. It's a perfect example tonight. We just have not been a consistent football team."

Alouettes centre Bryan Chiu said nerves were not a factor in the defeat.

"No, I don't think guys were uptight," said Chiu. "B.C. played a lot better than we did and that's why they've got the Cup."

CAHOON TAKES AIM: Alouettes slotback Ben Cahoon was asked if he thought the Lions were the best defence in the CFL this year.

His response led one to believe Cahoon thinks the Lions defensive dozen was overrated.

"This year? Probably, but they're not the best defence in the history of the CFL like they'd like to believe. It took us a while to find their weaknesses. We were definitely having some success in the second half."

TOUGH BREAK: In the 2005 Grey Cup game against the Edmonton Eskimos, Alouettes running back Robert Edwards found himself on the sidelines after suffering broken ribs in the Eastern Final against the Toronto Argonauts.

On Sunday, he was in uniform and had a solid game, rushing 15 times for 85 yards and one touchdown, a two-yard plunge that helped the Alouettes pull within a major.

But Edwards will also remember a fumble he coughed up at the goal-line that would have cut into the lead with just over four minutes to play.

"I'm not the type of person to let a play haunt me," he said. "If I let it haunt me, then I can't move on."


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