You either love him or hate him. The temperature of Winnipeg football fans on the subject of quarterback Khari Jones is comparable to how he performed on the field as a Blue Bomber.
Hot or cold, take your pick.
Sometimes -- specifically in 2001-02 -- he was on fire.
Jones threw for 77 touchdowns and 9,879 yards passing in that time, and the Bomber faithful warmed up to the pivot.
But other times, he was ice.
Jones struggled this season, injured his throwing shoulder, and eventually he lost his starting job to Kevin Glenn. His ineffectiveness, coupled with his spankin' new three-year contract extension, brought an unexpected summer chill to the Winnipeg climate.
The fans in Bomberville, of course, will always have the final say.
If they don't like the way a player is performing, they'll let you know about it, and with the Calgary Stampeders -- including a certain Mr. Jones under centre -- visiting Canad Inns Stadium last night, the final temperature reading would be taken.
Open up and say 'Ahhh,' Khari.
"He's not a consistent player anymore," Keiko Saito Hanssen said before the game. "I wasn't sad to see him go. He's a streaky player and doesn't adjust when things aren't going well."
Hanssen has been a season ticket holder for seven years and doesn't hate Jones. She just feels it was time for the Bombers to go in another direction, and moving the 33-year-old was a good place to start.
"I don't wish him any ill will," she said. "It's not like he's Kerwin Bell."
That 'what have you done for me lately' mentality was common among most fans in attendance.
Clint Wiebe, 23, had a different take, however.
"He's been our best guy since Matt Dunigan," he said, showing little respect for former Blue pivots Bell, T.J. Rubley, Chris Vargas, Kent Austin, or Reggie Slack.
Longtime Bombers fan Linda Zak -- dressed in her Blue and Gold No. 17 jersey -- echoed those sentiments.
"He's a class act and I'm glad we had him in Winnipeg as long as we did," she said. "He earned another chance."
The cold kept most under the stands when his name was called at the start of the game, but the few thousand huddled in their seats showed their appreciation with a warm round of applause.
Jones wasn't surprised by the response.
"(The crowd) was nice, and it was kind of emotional in that respect because they were people that supported me for a long time," he said after the game.
"I'm glad it's done with, really. We can move on now."
So there you have it: No boos, no feelings of ill will from Friendly Manitobans towards their former quarterback.
And Jones -- being the classy guy that he is -- said thank you by fumbling his first two snaps of the game.