Who can, can't do job?

PAUL FRIESEN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

No matter what Jim Daley says, don't pay too much attention to the final score tonight in Edmonton.

The Blue Bombers are playing their first pretend game of the year, and as much as the head coach says winning "is crucial," it's not.

This is one of those deals where actions speak louder than words: Daley and his staff won't hesitate to pull a player from the game, even if he's dominating his opponent.

It's all about giving everyone a chance to play, and finding out who can, and who can't.

Bomber fans would do well to keep a close eye on quarterbacks Kevin Glenn, Spergon Wynn and Russ Michna, but not to see how they perform.

It's all about the front-five again this year. So if the quarterback of choice is getting four or five steamboats when he drops back, it's a good sign the offensive line can play.

If he's running like a rabbit in a yard full of cocker spaniels, be prepared for a slow start to the season for the Bomber offence.

With the way this team scrambles to field an O-line, you get the feeling the defence may have to carry the day until at least August.

GOING BOTH WAYS? Interesting to hear how badly Troy Westwood and Jon Ryan still want each other's jobs.

The two kickers have become good buddies their second year together, but each makes no bones about it: he wants to handle both punting and place-kicking duties.

"I want to do both, whether it's next year or in 10 years," Ryan was saying the other day. "But I'm willing to wait."

Aside from bulking up, the 23-year-old spent the off-season practising field goals in Portland, Ore., so you know he's dead serious.

The 38-year-old Westwood remains just as competitive, convinced he can be the punter, too.

No wonder these two stay in such good shape. If one gets hurt, he may never get his job back.

Still with the buffed kickers, we can only imagine the abuse they've been taking since showing off their bodies on the front page of The Sun this week.

If you're wondering who would have won the arm-wrestle, consider this: the Regina redhead can bench-press 225 pounds 17 or 18 times, a notch better than Old Lefty.

HEAR NO EVIL, $EE NO EVIL: Daley says he has no idea who his highest paid players are. Or what anybody makes, for that matter. "Don't want to, don't care," the Bomber boss said. "Probably prefer not to. Simply because no decision we make as coaches will ever be impacted by a salary or bonus." That may be, but you can bet GM Brendan Taman will step in with his calculator when it comes down to choosing who stays and who goes. That's just a fact of life in the CFL.

AND FINALLY ... You know you've been on a bad team when joining the Bombers is a big step up. Receiver Wane McGarity, in Calgary the last two-plus years, says he's looking forward to going to the playoffs and experiencing that "win-or-go-home feeling." Problem is, the Bombers have specialized in the "go-home" part whenever November roles around ... Had to chuckle when Northern League catcher Kirk Pierce compared the Winnipeg Goldeyes to the New York Yankees this week. There's one serious flaw with that analogy: the Goldeyes haven't won anything lately. Then again, maybe Pierce was comparing them to this year's Yankees ... That was a hilarious story about how the Sioux Falls Canaries made the Goldeyes listen to children's songs during batting practice Wednesday. Couldn't stop humming, "The Wheels on the Bus" all that day, although my version had the wheels on the team falling off, falling off ... Let's recap: curler Joe Frans tests positive for cocaine at the Brier, then says he must have picked up traces of the drug from hanging around all-night parties. This is Reefer Ross Rebagliati all over again, complete with a great new nickname: Joe Blow.


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