Bombers boss endured pivotal loss

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:46 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- Jim Daley already knew what Ottawa's like. Now he knows what it's like to be a Renegade.

The 2004 version, specifically, as the coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers has had to do without his No. 1 quarterback this season much the same way Joe Paopao had to do without his last year.

"It's very much a quarterback driven league," said Daley, who has been minus starter Kevin Glenn for four games this season because of a high ankle sprain.

The Renegades would be foolish to think the 2-6 Bombers will be a pushover tonight. Glenn is back, they've re-established their authority on home field with a pair of wins and home underdogs (by three, in this case) are always a good bet, especially in the CFL.

Toss in the fact the Bombers are already fighting for their playoff lives ...

"This team is mentally tough, from Day 1 it has always played hard," Daley said yesterday. "Everyone knows (the playoff implications), but also that there's only one way to get there. Our focus is always on the opponent. This week it's on Ottawa."

KERSHAW'S GAMEPLAN: Back in Ottawa after an 11-year absence, former Rough Riders president Phil Kershaw says he's more concerned about building a strong foundation than he is his title with the Renegades.

"I'm not a big title guy. Right now I don't have one and I'm not looking for one," said Kershaw. "I'm going to work with Lonie (Glieberman) to make the Renegades better. Ottawa is on its way back, and like any organization we need to grow the revenues. I'm going to help with that."

Kershaw was the president of the Saskatchewan Roughriders from 1990-92 and chairman of the CFL in 1991, serving as interim commissioner for a short period between the Donald Crump and Larry Smith transition.

He became president of the Ottawa Rough Riders under owner Bruce Firestone in 1994 and through to the sale of the team to Horn Chen in 1995. Following that, he ran the roller hockey Ottawa Loggers and stayed on with that league until 1997. "Roller hockey didn't take over the world like we thought it would," said Kershaw.

Most recently, he's been living in Mississauga and has worked as a consultant to the federal Conservatives as well as in the field of motorsports and fitness.

"The CFL, from the time I left until today, is going through a transformation, all for the good," said Kershaw, who will help with the sale of corporate sponsorship.

"Right now, I'm taking an overview of what the organization is about, and what we need to get to the next level, to be a championship organization both on and off the field."


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