Turnaround is fair play

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 1:01 PM ET

TORONTO -- This is yet another strange quirk that could only happen in the CFL.

The Argonauts play the back end of a short week when they host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at the Rogers Centre today (3 p.m.). The Bombers are playing the front end of a short week.

Both sides are coming off exhilarating victories over the Montreal Alouettes. The Bombers beat Montreal 51-46 at home 10 days ago while Toronto defeated the Als 36-24 in Montreal on Thursday.

"We needed that win to get our edge back as a whole team," Argos linebacker Mike O'Shea said yesterday. "They're (Bombers) going to be riding pretty high after beating Montreal. They scored a ton of points, played well on defence and caused turnovers, and their special teams played well."

And the Bombers are hoping to take advantage of the beleaguered Boatmen, who have only had three days between games.

"It could be an advantage to ourselves but, it could also be an advantage towards them because they're still in rhythm," said Bombers quarterback Kevin Glenn.

"It depends on how they practised and whether or not they stayed off their legs and got their legs back. You also have to take into consideration that they're playing at home in front of their crowd.

"So we just have to come out and match their intensity. They're the Grey Cup champs, they're trying to repeat."

The Bombers are aware of their own quick turnaround this week.

"Playing on a short week is hopefully a challenge for Toronto," said Bombers head coach Jim Daley. "We have a short week of our own coming up and we have to travel across the country."

The Bombers head to Calgary to play the Stampeders on Saturday.

'A little disgruntled'

"We hope they're a little tired and a little disgruntled but I'm not counting on that," said Bombers linebacker Sean Woodson.

Even Argo head coach Mike (Pinball) Clemons does not like Toronto's odds.

"In this short turnaround, it's an uphill task. Look at teams in this situation in the past. Historically, it's (results) been atrocious," he said.

That did not faze Argo kick returner Bashir Levingston.

"You can't prepare as much as you would in a longer week, but the bottom line is, you've got to go and cover, tackle and score touchdowns, and stop them from scoring touchdowns.

"They're a good team. They're confident from last week. Before that, they weren't scoring much. The defence was probably carrying them before that. The offence is feeling good about themselves. They've got a pretty good return team but, all that being said, we should go out there and win.


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