Lineman hopes fans don't give up on Blue

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are sorry for not making the playoffs, but don't give up on them until the final gun sounds.

That's the message Winnipeg offensive lineman Matt Sheridan wants to convey to fans prior to tonight's regular-season finale against the Calgary Stampeders.

"As a community-owned team, we answer to the fans," said Sheridan, who was the Bombers top O-lineman this season. "I'm sure it was disappointing for a lot of fans just as it was for us when we lost last week (to miss the playoffs).

"My sincere hope, given the fact that this is an inconsequential game, is that we don't see empty seats (tonight). I would love to see this town come out and support this club right to the end after the trials and tribulations of this season and, for the most part, sticking by us and maintaining that support."

The Bombers had sold 22,132 tickets as of 9 a.m. yesterday.

NOT SO FAST: If you're thinking tonight will mark the final game of Bomber C Moe Elewonibi's career, think again.

"I'd like to be (back), but when you get to be my age the decision is not really yours," said Elewonibi, who will turn 39 on Dec. 16. "Physically I felt really great. Except for that Montreal game, I snapped a lot better than I did last year. I was a lot more consistent and I feel good about what I'm doing.

"... I know that I have one -- at the most two -- seasons left and I'd love to finish it here."

Elewonibi is entering the option year of his contract and the Bomber brass has been happy with his play.

QUOTABLE: "I hope they don't take my picture down in the St. Vital location. I still own it guys, so be nice."

-- Khari Jones, when asked how business at his Winnipeg Booster Juice stores has been since the trade.

LATE HITS: Stamps LB Scott Coe, a Winnipeg native and the team's top Canadian this season, will play tonight and then have shoulder surgery next week. His arm has been popping in and out of its socket for the past few months. "He's a warrior," Stamps coach Matt Dunigan said ... Two of the last four games between the Stamps and Bombers at Canad Inns Stadium have gone to overtime ... Bombers GM Brendan Taman will meet with players tomorrow. He said the team won't make any significant announcements until after the Grey Cup ... Khari Jones new house in Calgary is just a few blocks away from ex-Bomber Brian Clark's pad. Clark and his wife, Shannon, recently had a baby girl ... Calgary has made two changes for tonight's game. Going on the roster are LB Wes Robertson and WR Craig Spear. Coming off are DE Antwone Young (knee) and LS Bill Chamberlain (hand) ... The lone change for Winnipeg is DB Cedric Dickerson going on for CB Raheem Covington. Justin Coleman will replace Covington on the corner.


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