'Peg lobs its bombs

Argo linebacker Kevin Eiben, seen at practice yesterday, got the Bombers riled up with his...

Argo linebacker Kevin Eiben, seen at practice yesterday, got the Bombers riled up with his prediction for Sunday's match. (Craig Robertson/Sun Media)

JOE WARMINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:18 AM ET

The city of Winnipeg is already planning its Grey Cup parade and celebration.

How's that for some serious B.S.?

"You have got to," Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz said with a laugh yesterday, adding he believes the Blue Bombers' trip to Toronto will not be just for one game but for two.

In fact, word is the Bombers will have all of their Grey Cup week suits, shirts and enough clean underwear with them because as far as they are concerned, after Sunday they are not heading back home and will be the representatives of the East in the big game.

How's that for gall? And they have the nerve to talk about Toronto B.S.

Popular Mayor Katz is so confident the Bombers will take this Eastern Conference final Sunday he didn't even bother to make a bet with Mayor David Miller.

"I was waiting to do that with either the mayor of Vancouver or Regina on the Grey Cup," teased Katz.

Fighting words.

No matter what they say out there, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers can't B.S. their way out of this dilemma no matter what the heck they put up on their bulletin board. The odds- makers still have the Argos winning this game by more than six points.

All that aside, man this CFL Eastern Conference final is going to be a dandy. The Argos have everything to lose because a win puts them at home for the Grey Cup.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers want to ruin that party. The war of words is on.

For those who didn't see yesterday's Winnipeg Sun front page, it read like this: "B.S. from T.O."

It then brilliantly had a picture of Argos all-star linebacker Kevin Eiben tacked to a bulletin board with the note saying "Bombers won't score 10."

It was all based on the talented linebacker telling reporters, "(The Bombers) are not going to get over 10 points against us. How many have they got against us this year? (Fifteen) one game, eight another game? They haven't produced on offence. I am very confident about our defence."

So this is what the Blue Bombers are pinning up on their bulletin board. If I were going to pin anything up, it would have been Eiben's longtime girlfriend, Tina Shaw.

But that's me. The cover girl, recently on the front of Muscle Magazine and American Curves, is smokin'.

Save the e-mails because I already know she's more than just a pretty face. In fact, the former Toronto Police employee is now an analyst with the RCMP in Vancouver -- helping catch the bad guys.

She had a pretty good laugh about the Winnipeg Sun's front. "It was funny," she said. "I thought it was great and great for the league. Kevin's okay with it, too."

The irony, she said, is her boyfriend of six years is far from controversial -- just proud of his teammates. "He's just so nice," she said, adding she'll be watching Sunday's match at the home of Eiben's parents, Laraine and Larry, in Delta.

And together they'll find out if Kevin's prediction is correct.

Mayor Katz is sure not only that Kevin's comments will be a motivator, but that the Bombers will prevail. "I think it will be 21-16 for the Bombers."

Don't tell that to Miller.

"The Bombers can't expect to just waltz into our house and think they're going to get an easy ride," Miller said. "The corner of Portage and Main in February will be nothing compared to the chilly reception our Argo-nuts give them. Besides, it only makes sense that the team representing the East Division in the Grey Cup actually be from eastern Canada."

Yeah. The mayor and I finally agree on something. No B.S.


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