Warm reception unlikely for record reception

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:39 AM ET

Aside from Canad Inns Stadium, is there a better place than Taylor Field for a Winnipeg Blue Bomber to set a CFL record?

That could happen Sunday during the 39th Labour Day Classic between the Bombers and Saskatchewan Roughriders. Winnipeg slotback Milt Stegall needs just one receiving touchdown to break Allen Pitts' all-time record of 117.

When asked what kind of reception he expects should he break the record, Stegall mumbled something about "fans throwing their false teeth" at him and then answered the question.

"I don't know what those fans are gonna do," the 35-year-old said. "The thing about it is ... I don't even think they'll announce it, so they won't know.

"If they did announce it, they'll boo me, and they'll be so drunk they might throw some of their light beer bottles at me."

Stegall has 18 touchdowns in 16 career regular-season games against the 'Riders and this season has caught at least one pass for a major in his last six games.

"Milt is the best-preserved senior citizen I've ever come across," Bombers head coach Jim Daley said.

"Milt sure has had a great year, and he's gonna have a great second half of the year, and I hope he explodes on Sunday."

BIG GAME: Daley said winning a monster game like the Labour Day Classic can turn a season around.

"These events have extra intensity, extra focus, extra attention," said Daley, who will be participating in his seventh Classic -- and second with the Bombers -- on Sunday. "And sometimes those (games), when you're successful, build confidence and momentum more than a football game prior to that event.

"These games are big momentum changers for your year."

LATE HITS: It looks like DT Doug Brown (foot) will miss his second straight game Sunday, but DB Justin Coleman (foot) took many reps at practice yesterday and could serve as the dime back instead of Jemonte Battle, who doesn't appear to have the system down yet. Brad Franklin likely will start at the other halfback spot opposite Stanford Samuels ... Speaking of Coleman, he and SB/KR Keith Stokes had a nice scrap during yesterday's practice and had to be separated by teammates ... OL Matt Sheridan (knee) appears good to go for Sunday ... Daley said he will be removing an import receiver or linebacker to get Stokes back on the roster ... CFL referee Jake Ireland will call his 500th game tonight in Montreal.


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