'Kick me the ball:' Livingstone

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:38 AM ET

TORONTO -- If your kick cover guys are not good enough, get new ones.

So says Toronto's elite returner Bashir Levingston.

"If they don't kick it to me, I look at it as a sign of respect," Levingston said of the policy of booting balls out of bounds instead of risking giving the ball to such dangerous threats as him. "But then I look at it like, you're paying these 12 players to be on the team, then they can't get the job done. So put someone out there who can get the job done and kick it. You're giving up field position.

"Get someone on the field who can cover, then you won't have to worry about them scoring and kick it out of bounds."

'He's my dog'

Levingston, by the way, keeps close tabs on Winnipeg's Keith Stokes, the CFL's top special teams player of 2004.

"I've got to stay the best year in and year out, so I've got to see what my competition is doing -- especially Stokes," said Levingston, who calls Stokes regularly. "He's my dog ... I should call him and let them know what they're (Blue Bombers) in for (today), and tell them to kick me the ball so I can get off this little slide of mine and get it into the end zone."

LONG WAIT: The wait has indeed tested the patience of linebacker Ron Ockimey but he will finally make his Bombers debut, replacing the injured Lamar McGriggs (pectoral muscle) today.

"I've had to be very patient," Ockimey said. "I've been here, for what, six weeks. I didn't play any pre-season games, I sat last year out so I'm pretty anxious right now, very anxious.

"I'm never nervous. Of course, there's the kickoff jitters but that's about it."

DB Cedric Dickerson also replaces Justin Coleman (foot) while WR Gilles Colon replaces a healthy Chad Rempel.

In an 11th hour switch, former Bombers SB/KR Arland Bruce III (hip flexor) was added to the roster in favour of WR J.F. Tremblay.

SORE LEGS: Toronto head coach Mike (Pinball) Clemons was asked if the Argos had to double up on Absorbine Jr., or in quarterback Damon Allen's case, extra Geritol, for the short turnaround between games.

"Soreness, irrespective of age, depends on the individual," he replied. "I know when I got more mature, there were times that I was less sore. It just takes time but this is compounded by the fact the game is at (3 p.m.) and it will be sunny (today)."

Allen, who is growing sensitive about his grey whiskers, turned 42 last week and Winnipeg QB Kevin Glenn was asked if he planned to get his hero one of those insulting birthday cards. Or his own bottle of Geritol.

"Oh no, you can't do that," he responded. "I know that's one thing he doesn't like to talk about. I don't want to (tick) him off."

SHORT WEEK: Glenn was asked if there was an added importance to winning today's match with the Bombers playing in Calgary on Saturday.

"Naw, we just have to go out and play," he said. "You can't worry about that short week. That kind of stuff happens. You can't look forward to Calgary, you've got to go out and play against Toronto."


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