Wilson has revenge in mind

JIM BENDER AND KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:29 AM ET

Eric Wilson still holds a grudge, and he would love nothing more than to exact some revenge today.

The Montreal Alouettes defensive tackle was on his way to Winnipeg Blue Bombers training camp in May when he found out he'd been traded to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

He was then was asked by Riders GM Eric Tillman to take a pay cut. Wilson wasn't a fan of that, so he asked for -- and got -- his release.

He ended up in Quebec, and today he'll start against his former team in the East Division semifinal.

"Yeah, I am pissed," Wilson said yesterday. "It was a lack of respect and a lack of operations. How do you trade somebody on the way to training camp ... driving? If I'm in an airport, you can reroute me on a plane.

"If you trade me to B.C., what do you want me to do, drive another 40 hours out west? I mean, it's ridiculous. Regardless of who made the deal, it's done. We're here."

REMEMBER THE ALAMO: If they don't learn from football history, they could be doomed to repeat it.

The last time that Winnipeg hosted a CFL playoff game was back in 2003. Like today, they were favoured to win that West semifinal over Saskatchewan. Well, the Roughriders blew them out 37-21 as running back Kenton Keith ran rampant over the then-vaunted Winnipeg defence.

"That was a long time ago, and you have to have a bad memory in this sport," said backup defensive lineman Jon Oosterhuis, one of the few defenders still here. "You look around the locker-room and how many different faces do we have since 2003?

"We've got a totally different team, so we have to prepare for (today's) game regardless of what happened in past years."

MONEY TALKS: Milt Stegall doesn't plan any last-minute, win-one-for-me speeches today. But the future Hall of Fame receiver, most likely playing his final season, did his best to motivate his teammates with some words of wisdom this week.

"I told them, 'You want to have a good Christmas, man, you gotta get some extra money,'" Stegall said. "You've got your girlfriends and your wives, some of these guys have six, seven kids. You want to have a good Christmas, man, and have some memories and a ring.

"The majority of people in this world don't have this. Whatever your motivation is: money, memories, a ring, whatever it is, they don't need me."

BOLDEN CLEARED: Bomber cornerback Juran Bolden, who has been bothered by a bad back, has been cleared to play today.

"Right now I've just got to wait until the first whistle blows, but I'm ready to go," Bolden said. "They gave me the clearance, so I'm playing."

NO REVENGE?: Bomber slotback Terrence Edwards was asked how sweet it would be to eliminate his former team this afternoon.

"I don't care whether it's Montreal, Toronto, Hamilton, we've got a goal on our hands and that's try to win a Grey Cup. So it just happens to be Montreal in our way right now."

LATE HITS: Ticket sales, as of 4:30 p.m. yesterday, reached 21,204. Tickets can be purchased right up until game time today ... There's a chance the Bombers might employ Matt O'Meara as a seventh offensive lineman this afternoon ... The Als are 1-4 in five road playoff games since returning to the CFL in 1996.


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