Earful for mistake

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:17 AM ET

Stanford Samuels was going to hear it.

Boy, was he ever.

The promising Winnipeg Blue Bombers rookie defensive back made his first career CFL start Saturday night against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and recorded his second interception of the season in Winnipeg's 44-14 victory.

It's the sure interception Samuels dropped in the fourth quarter, however, that was going to have his six-year-old son, Stanford III, all over him.

"He critiques my game more than I do," Samuels said. "He's going to kill me about the dropped interception. 'Daddy, you gotta watch the ball all the way in.' He's gonna give it to me."

It won't end there. His mom lives in Atlanta and subscribes to the cable sports channel that shows CFL games. He expected her to leave him a message about the blown pick, too.

"My family's hard, man," he said. "They expect the good things, so when the bad things happen, that's what they harp on."

SPEAKING OUT: Bombers DT Doug Brown got vocal in the locker-room at half-time of Saturday's game, which was a rare move, according to head coach Jim Daley.

"Doug didn't actually stand up, but he did speak, which is unusual," Daley said. "Usually Doug is a silent warrior, but he did say at half-time that, 'Hey, this game can turn our season, because it keeps us in striking range (of a playoff spot).'

"For Doug to say anything is remarkable, and for him to say that many words is very, very remarkable."

TOUGH ROADS? The Bombers (2-6) are two points behind the Calgary Stampeders (3-4) and Saskatchewan Roughriders (3-5) for third place in the West Division.

If the standings are any indication, the Bombers have the easiest schedule among the three squads over the next month.

Winnipeg hosts Ottawa (5-3) on Friday and then travels to Hamilton (0-7) on Aug. 26.

Saskatchewan has a bye week before hosting B.C. (7-0) on Aug. 27, while Calgary has back-to-back road games in Montreal (4-3) and Toronto (4-3).

After that, Winnipeg and Saskatchewan will play a crucial home-and-home series, while Calgary will do the same with Edmonton (5-2).

QUOTABLE: "I tossed it in the stands. There'll be many more to come. That's what I was thinking, at least."

-- Bombers WR Gilles Colon, who celebrated his first career touchdown by throwing the ball into the crowd.

LATE HITS: The Bombers return to the practice field today at 3:15 p.m. ... Daley reported no major injuries from Saturday's game. SB Keith Stokes (elbow, shoulder) is the most banged up, but he should be ready for Friday.


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