Jobs on line as Argos, Bombers meet

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:53 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- There is more on the line than the two points to the winner of tonight's 'Battle of the Bottom Feeders.'

The victor of the contest between the Argonauts and Blue Bombers will stay in the race to save face, just on the heels of the B.C. Lions, who currently hold down the CFL cross-over playoff spot.

The triumphant team may also secure the future of its rookie head coach, at least for one more game.

"This is huge," Toronto tailback/kick returner Dominique Dorsey said yesterday. "It's a must-win situation. It's going to be a battle because I'm pretty sure Winnipeg is feeling the same way as us."

Both sides are 3-8 while the Lions were 5-6 going into last night's game against Calgary.

"There's a lot of urgency," Dorsey said. "We're not panicking. We're not pointing the finger at each other, but we just want to hold each other accountable ...

"A loss is going to make the situation even tighter. One team will be ahead and the other will be fighting for their life, basically."

The Bombers, too, know the stark reality of the situation.

"It's not lose and go home, but close enough," said veteran Winnipeg defensive tackle Doug Brown. "You get the mathematical experts to come here and work on some probabilities for you if you lose this game because that's the kind of stretch and reach it would take."

A loss would put an even tighter squeeze on either Toronto's Bart Andrus or Winnipeg's Mike Kelly, the respective mentors in this 'Basement Bowl.'

"There isn't any pressure greater on me than I can put on myself," Andrus responded. "I get up every morning and I do it to the best of my ability. At the end of the day, whatever happens is whatever and I can walk away, or stay, and feel that I have done things to improve this team and this franchise."

Kelly called this a must-win game days ago.

"I don't want to hear the term desperate, desperation, gotta have this or everything goes to hell in a hand basket," he said. "What we have to do is control our emotions collectively and stay focused in on the task at hand, and give ourselves an opportunity to win this game.

"But we certainly would understand that whoever loses this game, that light at the end of the tunnel is starting to look like a little pin rather than any kind of beacon.

"But there's still light there because you wouldn't be eliminated yet in our wacky world that we live in in the Canadian Football League.

"At 3-9, you wouldn't be mathematically eliminated yet so, you keep building upon that."


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