Reason to believe?

Running back Charles Roberts' ability to leave defenders looking foolish in his wake is a reason to...

Running back Charles Roberts' ability to leave defenders looking foolish in his wake is a reason to watch the Bombers. (Winnipeg Sun File/Brian Donogh)

PAUL FRIESEN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:17 AM ET

That sound you heard on the weekend was one more nail being pounded into the coffin that carries this town's football team.

Yes, the Blue Bombers came up with a solid effort in the nation's capital Friday night. But, like a politician who comes up with their best speech the day after the election, it's way too little, way too late.

Oh, the optimists will argue they're still in it with five games to go, just four points out of third place in the CFL West and a chance to cross over into the East playoff picture, blah, blah, blah.

But have you seen the Bombers' schedule? They're in Montreal next weekend, then play B.C., Toronto, the Lions again and Calgary.

Not hopeless, you say?

Consider this: the Bombers would have to go 4-1 down the stretch, have Calgary or Saskatchewan go 1-5 and have Ottawa go 2-4 or Montreal 2-5.

No wonder head coach Jim Daley doesn't want his players thinking about their playoff chances. They'd fall head-long into depression.

Of course, that doesn't mean you shouldn't pay attention to this team over the next month and a half.

We know, from experience, there's hardly a dull moment around a losing team.

So for those of you looking, we give you ...

The Top 10 reasons to keep watching the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

10. One of these days, punter Jon Ryan is going to boot the leather right off the football. Either that, or he's going to generate so much torque, his leg is going to fly off. Either way, you'll want to be there to see it.

9. To see how head coach Jim Daley, a man with the patience of Job, deals with unruly fans behind the Bombers bench. After the last home game, Daley referred to the "idiot" who's been riding his team since Game 1. Just three more home games to go, coach.

8. They've got two games against the B.C. Lions. We're not saying the Bombers are going to give the Lions all they can handle. All the points they can handle, maybe. The real attraction here, though, is B.C. -- a team trying to make history by going undefeated in an 18-game season.

7. Charles Roberts and Keith Stokes. More twists than a DQ franchise, more spins than a Maytag, these guys are way more fun to watch than they are to tackle. Which is often what defenders end up doing when they have the ball -- watching.

6. Troy Westwood. Because you never know when he's going to play his last game as a Blue Bomber. No wonder fans are letting Old Lefty have it this season -- they're thinking it might be their last chance.

5. Just in case they're first-and-goal at the one-yard line and hand the ball to Wade Miller again. This kind of innovative play-calling must be seen to be believed.

4. The Bombers defence. It's been more than 20 years since a CFL team has given up this kind of yardage on a weekly basis. Even when they win, the Bombers get statistically worse, as they did by allowing Ottawa 465 total yards Friday. So just forget about which team you're cheering for, and enjoy the show.

3. Milt Stegall. Just because he's Milt Stegall.

2. New uniforms. That's right, the Bombers are getting in on the third jersey craze, unveiling what's rumoured to be an all-gold look when the Lions come to town, Oct. 10. They can't be as ugly as Edmonton's, can they?

And the No. 1 reason to keep watching the Winnipeg Blue Bombers: You never know when a board member is going to go berserk after a game. Only the next time it happens, don't expect Daley or club president Lyle Bauer to play nice.


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