Need a short memory

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:47 AM ET

First, the Calgary Stampeders overcame a horrible first-half offence performance to whip Hamilton.

Then, Saskatchewan Roughriders eked out a last-second victory over Edmonton thanks to a blocked field goal.

That left the Winnipeg Blue Bombers four points back of both CFL West rivals despite their own triumph over Ottawa. The Bombers need to overtake either Saskatchewan or Calgary to keep their crossover playoff prospects alive.

"I was walking down the hall from something and I heard somebody yelling (about the blocked field goal) -- one of the coaches," Winnipeg head coach Jim Daley said yesterday. "So, it's human nature (to keep an eye on those situations). But the reality is, as coaches and players, we have to have the quick discipline to forget it because, otherwise, it eats at ya.

"Fans and media understandably can be preoccupied by it. It's human nature. If we're preoccupied with it, it takes away our opportunity to play good football in Montreal. So, that's a discipline you have to learn ... If you get caught up in that, you're not focusing on what you need to be focusing on. We need to focus on Montreal. We need to focus on success in Montreal."

The Bombers play the Alouettes in Montreal, where they have not had much success, on Sunday.

NO COMMENT: Speaking of the Als, Daley was asked if he would have attempted a two-pointer when a single-point convert would have tied the game and forced overtime as Montreal head coach Don Matthews tried and failed against B.C. on Saturday.

"I'm not going to comment on another coach's decision because there are too many people commenting on mine," he replied.

AUDITIONING: Veteran LB Lamar McGriggs wants to continue his pro career beyond the current campaign.

"I hope I can keep on playing," McGriggs, 37, said before Friday's game against Ottawa. "It's just a situation about how the organization feels about me. I would like to go from there because I don't see myself declining in play, I just see myself declining in playing time.

"Every week, from here on in, is an audition for a lot of us players here. We just need to get on some kind of roll going into the end of the year to make the fans feel good about next year's 2006 Grey Cup (in Winnipeg)."

RENEGADE REVENGE: Former Renegades DB Syniker Taylor exacted a measure of revenge when the Bombers beat Ottawa 37-21.

"It was real fun," he said. "Being that I just left there, I really wanted to win the game. I want to win all of them, but that one was real special to me."

BACK TO FORM: Only one week after failing to register a single stat, veteran DL Joe Fleming may have enjoyed his best game of the season versus Ottawa. Fleming, who has been bothered by a triceps problem, recorded two defensive tackles, a forced fumble, at least one hurry and should have been credited with a quarterback sack -- while being held on almost every play.

HASHMARKS: The Bombers return to the practice field today for the first time since returning from Ottawa ... Club GM Brendan Taman is seeking another receiver ... The Bombers will launch their 75th anniversary book at a press conference tomorrow.


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