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KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:03 AM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers (6-11) host the Calgary Stampeders (4-13) tonight at Canad Inns Stadium. Here's the lowdown:

THE BOMBERS WILL WIN IF ...

- they are over the pain of missing the playoffs. If they're mentally ready, they should come out on top.

- the front seven shuts down red-hot Stamps RB Joffrey Reynolds. The Bomber defence concentrates on containing, and it have its hands full tonight.

- QB Kevin Glenn continues his strong play. Despite having lost all three games as the official No. 1, he's played well. You know he desperately wants that first win.

THE STAMPEDERS WILL WIN IF ...

- QB Khari Jones keeps his emotions in check and rides that adrenaline to victory. He may not say it, but it's human nature for at least part of him to want to stick it to the Bombers.

- they put the death blow on a Bombers secondary that is wobbling and about to go down. The Stamps are third in the CFL in passing yards, while the Bombers are eighth in the loop against the pass.

- the referees don't screw them for the second straight week.

KEEP AN EYE ON ...

Winnipeg QB Kevin Glenn, No. 5

This is his last chance of 2004 to make the Bombers believe in him. A good game could go a long way in securing his status as the No. 1 pivot going into 2005. Then again, it will likely all depend on what Tee Martin does.

REMEMBER WHEN ...

the Bombers absolutely destroyed the Stampeders, 52-17, last August at Canad Inns Stadium? A quarterback by the name of Khari Jones threw for 375 yards and two touchdowns, while a linebacker by the name of Brian Clark had six tackles, one forced fumble and two interceptions -- one of which he returned for a touchdown. Hmmmm.

JUST SO YOU KNOW ...

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Canad Inns Stadium.

TV/Radio: TSN (local blackout possible)/CJOB.

Forecast: Light rain, north wind at 20 km-h, and a daytime high of 10 C.

Line: Winnipeg -3.

All-time series: Calgary leads 88-83-0-1.

Last meeting: Calgary won 49-27 at McMahon Stadium on Aug. 7, 2004.

Quirky fact: The Bombers are 10-2 in their final regular-season home game in the past 12 years.

Ex-Stampeder Bombers: Head coach Jim Daley, DT Joe Fleming, FB Scott Regimbald, S Wes Lysack, SB Kamau Peterson, DT Melvin Bradley, DB Ricky Bell, DB Jayson Bray.

Ex-Bomber Stampeders: Head coach Matt Dunigan, secondary coach Mike Roach, director of Canadian personnel Miles Gorrell, QB Khari Jones, FB Randy Bowles, LB Brian Clark, DB Milo Lewis, FB Scott Deibert, WR Andre Arlain.

THE FINAL SAY...

"It'll be fun to hear the reaction when 1-7 runs out on the field. I would imagine that he would have more cheers than jeers."

-- Stampeders head coach Matt Dunigan, who will introduce Khari Jones and the Calgary offence prior to tonight's game.


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