There are a few hard-core Winnipeg Blue Bomber fans who long for the return of bad-boy offensive lineman Brandon Dyson.
They may have someone new to love.
Dan Goodspeed, signed yesterday by the Bombers in an attempt to improve their offensive line, made the XFL's all-nasty team when he played for the Orlando Rage in 2001.
For the past several years, Winnipeg has been searching in vain to put some serious attitude on its offensive line, and Goodspeed, a friend of former Bomber Eric Wilson, might be a good start.
"He's not a softie, put it that way," said Bombers GM Brendan Taman, who tried to get Goodspeed to come to training camp. "He's very aggressive."
Goodspeed, a 6-foot-6, 305-pound tackle or guard, sounds like he has a fiendish side to him, considering he wanted to join the Bombers after watching their season-opening 42-15 loss to Saskatchewan last weekend from his home in Florida.
"I saw them play, and I got excited, so I had my agent call Brendan," Goodspeed said. "I was like, 'We need to get up there.' And here I am."
Goodspeed consulted with Wilson, his former Miami Dolphins teammate, before venturing north.
"You gotta go, you gotta go," Wilson told Goodspeed. "You'll have a great time up there."
Goodspeed didn't mention his all-nastiness status in the XFL, but he alluded to a tough demeanour on the field.
"I'll be humble, but between the whistles that's a different story," he said. "... They wanted aggressiveness on the line. I definitely can bring that."
Goodspeed, 28, is a Cleveland native who played his college ball at Kent State.
He had short NFL stints with San Francisco, New York Jets, Tampa Bay (where he won a Super Bowl ring in 2002), Miami and Washington.
STEGALL'S STATUS: It's not yet known if SB Milt Stegall, who suffered a mild concussion Thursday, will be on the field today when the Bombers return to practice at 3:15 p.m. or when they host the Calgary Stampeders on Thursday.
"Whether he plays or not will be totally a medical decision with him and the doctors," Bombers head coach Jim Daley said. "Hopefully we'll know that as early in the week as possible."
If Stegall can't play Thursday, Vinny Sutherland will take his roster spot.
CALLING ALL BOMBER FANS: The True Blue Booster Crew is looking for people who bleed Blue and Gold to come along on its annual Labour Day trip to Regina Sept. 3-5.
Aside from getting a great seat for the Bombers annual battle with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, you'll get transportation to the Saskatchewan capital via air-conditioned motorcoach, two nights accommodation at the Ramada Inn, a Casino Regina rebate for both days, a souvenir T-shirt and possibly some prizes while on the bus.
Prices, including taxes, are $260 for double occupancy, $240 for triple or $220 for quadruple. Call Pat at 489-2904 or 791-0073 to reserve your seat.