Highs, lows for Blue Bombers

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:12 AM ET

The football scene in Winnipeg is getting very interesting.

Besides the rollercoaster ride the Bombers are on, it has now become clear that three different parties are interested in buying a share of the community-owned club.

To make it even more intriguing, David Asper - executive VP of Canwest Global Communications - is one of the private investors wanting a piece of the pie.

Yes, that's the same David Asper who resigned from the Bombers' board of directors last fall after he tore a strip off three members of the organization - including CEO Lyle Bauer and coach Jim Daley - in a post-game incident.

Apparently that's water under the bridge.

"David's a big fan and he's a friend, in spite of the incident that happened last year," Bauer told the Winnipeg Sun.

Asper's intent to buy a stake in the team to make it a private-public partnership wasn't supposed to be made public until after the Grey Cup in November.

But now that the word is out, it begs the question ... if the marriage happens, who calls the shots - the board or the private owner?

NEW DIGS?: Private ownership could help the Bombers finance a portion of a new stadium. The club has a feasibility study underway, looking at the possibility of a $165-million complex on the city's west edge that would include a partially covered stadium, hotel and water park.

SHORT HIT: Steve Morley - the highly touted Canadian offensive lineman recently cut by the New York Jets - will apparently wait by the phone for two or three weeks, hoping for a new NFL team because he's just a few games shy of a league pension. The Eskimos would be interested if he decides to come north, but Winnipeg and Toronto would also want him.

BIZARRE BUT TRUE: Charles Roberts decided to break his media silence this week - and he promptly delivered one of the strangest comments this year.

Although he claims to have never snorted cocaine, Roberts compared the Bombers' mid-season struggles - after a red-hot 5-2 start to the year - to coming down off a drug high.

"Now, I ain't never snorted nothing, man, but I could imagine how it would feel to come down off a good high, you know what I'm saying? That's what happened to us," he suggested.

"We were on a good high, and we just got hit with a brick. We need to get high again."


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