'We just need a win'

Bomber receiver Wane McGarity says his team just needs a win ... beating the Stamps won't make the...

Bomber receiver Wane McGarity says his team just needs a win ... beating the Stamps won't make the Blue and Gold's first victory any sweeter. (Winnipeg Sun/John Woods)

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:35 AM ET

Some could not scurry out of Cowtown fast enough. Others simply were not wanted back.

So when the Calgary Stampeders line up for a CFL game against Winnipeg at Canad Inns Stadium tomorrow night, about one-third of the Blue Bombers facing them may look familiar. At least for the few Stamps who still remain from that 4-14 Calgary squad that played for then-GM/head coach/offensive co-ordinator Matt Dunigan under a previous ownership.

"The fact it's Calgary, it's going to be added incentive or motivation for a lot of guys that are in here, because it's ex-teammates, an ex-team that maybe they feel they need to prove something to," safety Wes Lysack, acquired in last season's Khari Jones deal, said yesterday. "So, I guess it comes at a good time. But, ultimately, we just need to win. It doesn't matter who it is, or what it is."

The need for the 0-2 Bombers to win certainly does overshadow the identity of their foe.

"It's just a game," said slotback Wane McGarity, Winnipeg's marquee free agent signing over the winter. "I don't hold no ill will towards any of those guys over there. Do I want to beat my old team? I don't really feel like that. I feel like this team needs a win, period. When it comes against anybody, it will be great.

"I had some great years in Calgary but this is not added motivation. I'm going to go out there and still be Wane and still play the same game that I always play. Some of the other (ex-Stamps) may feel that way. But, I don't feel that way. I feel like that chapter of my life's closed, it's done. Now I'm here and now I'm trying to make something else here."

But the last thing he wants is to sink into the type of funk that befell the Stamps last season.

"We just need to get a win, man," McGarity said. "We don't want to start off 0-3. It's bad enough starting 0-2, knowing we've got the potential to go out there and win those games. We haven't played well. We haven't put together three good phases of the game -- offence, defence or special teams. So, we've got to put it all together and that's what we're going to do this week."

There are few Stampeder teammates left in Calgary anyway.

"I'm looking forward to playing Calgary but it's not like I know a lot of people over there any more," said import defensive back William Fields, another free agent signing. "They've got a new team. I know a lot more people over here than in Calgary."

Fields, however, does not expect to experience that losing deja vu all over again here this season.

"Everything here is a little more established, a little more organized," he said. "Calgary last year, there was a lot of misdirection. It was very disorganized. They've got it together now over there and we've got it together here.

"It's that we have a bunch of new faces and that takes time. But we're trying to get it done as fast as possible. I don't want to use that as an excuse throughout the whole season. We had two games so, we should be coming together for this game."


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