It took six games, but Michael Bishop finally had a chance to be a participant instead of a spectator.
The backup to quarterback Damon Allen yesterday experienced some playing time for the first time this season and didn't look out of place.
Bishop clicked on six of 13 passes, including one for a touchdown, for 111 yards in relief of the injured starter in the Argos' 34-27 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at the Rogers Centre.
"It was fun," Bishop said. "I got an opportunity to play. I wanted to come in and put points on the board, move the ball around."
Bishop played seven consecutive games last year after Allen suffered a cracked left tibia in the eighth game of the season. Bishop then spelled him for a brief period in the Grey Cup when Allen suffered leg cramps.
"Everything is much smoother now, everybody knows what's going on and when the opportunity knocks I know the game plan and what we want to do once I get into the game," Bishop said.
Centre Chad Folk said the offence had no concerns when Bishop relieved Allen based on the experience from last year.
"Everyone on this offence and on this team knows he can step in there and do the job well," Folk said. "He just went in there and called the plays and executed it, so there was no question whatsoever."
Allen has been playing so productively this season, it appeared as if Bishop was not going to have a chance to receive any quality minutes.
"As a player you've always got to think you're going to get into the game," he said. "Today was one of those days. I had an opportunity to go in and I tried to make something happen."