Blue Bombers 'embarrassing'

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:18 AM ET

It was not supposed to turn out this way.

In a perfect world, the former Stampeders now toiling for Winnipeg would have been marching triumphantly into Cowtown tomorrow ready to strike up the band over their move east.

But the reality is that the Blue Bombers will limp into town in last place in the CFL West with an ignoble 1-5 record to play Calgary, which is only slightly better at 2-3.

Both sides began their respective training camps with revamped rosters and changes go on and on in Winnipeg. In fact, things have gotten so bad, the Bombers cut another ex-Stamp, receiver Wane McGarity, on the eve of the club's return to Cowtown.

"It's always embarrassing to be 1-5, no matter where you're at," ex-Stampeder cornerback William Fields said yesterday. "Everybody wants to win here and we're putting in a lot of effort out there. Things are just not falling our way right now. I'm sure we can turn it around but, it is embarrassing to be 1-5.

"(The Stamps are) having trouble over there too but I can't worry about that. I know what's going on over here and I don't like it, and I'm sure the rest of the team doesn't like it, either. So, it would be good to go in there and get a win."

But not all ex-Stamps were as red-faced about Winnipeg's futile record.

"No, it's not embarrassing," said Bomber cornerback Omar Evans, whom Calgary released during the winter. "It's embarrassing the way we played (against Toronto) the other night but, it's not embarrassing to go back in there with that record. It's embarrassing the way we played because we did not play with the intensity (Monday) that we normally play with."

But tomorrow's game against Calgary should indicate how far each side has evolved thus far.

"There is some comparison," said fullback Scott Regimbald, whom the Bombers acquired from Calgary in the Khari Jones deal. "Both teams are really trying to find their identity, where we belong and how we grow at a fast pace, which is difficult to do when you're trying to put a team together and come together.

"I can only speak for Winnipeg, but you can see us on offence on certain drives really connecting and really driving as a team together. And on other drives, you don't see that. So, we're still building. But, from the beginning of the season until now, we have made some strides. It's going to be interesting to see how this team grows together."

But, what will it be like to return to town with an ugly 1-5 log?

"Uh, it will be like we were 5-1," Regimbald replied. "It will be the same thing, playing against an awesome defence that likes to fly around to the ball and in a short week, you really have to be mentally sharp to go up against a defence like theirs. I can't wait to get there and fly around, make some plays and hopefully come out with a win."

Evans could not care less about comparisons to Calgary.

"I don't really worry too much about Calgary any more," he said. "I'm worried about what's going on in Winnipeg and the bottom line is, we need a victory and we need a victory bad.

"I don't care if were 0-5 or 5-0, we need a win badly."


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