Time to do the math

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:02 AM ET

MONTREAL -- Milt Stegall is heading home to watch his infant son work on his walk.

Tom Canada is sticking around Winnipeg to hang out with his girlfriend and possibly go camping.

Omar Evans is taking off to visit friends Koren Robinson of the Minnesota Vikings and Shawn Springs of the Washington Redskins.

Kevin Glenn, meanwhile, can't get back to Detroit soon enough.

"No hesitation," the quarterback said. "We need a break."

But not all members of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are going to use their first bye week of the season to run screaming from the nightmare that has become their 2005 CFL campaign.

"I'm going to rest physically, but mentally I don't think I'm going to be resting," said running back Charles Roberts, who is heading home to California to visit his family. "I'm gonna still be on that ourbombers.com and the cfl.ca, checking what's going on in the league, because you've still got that outlying hope."

"Outlying" is one way to describe it.

"Delusional" could be another.

The Bombers, who fell to 4-10 on Sunday with a 42-23 loss to the Montreal Alouettes at Molson Stadium, haven't been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention yet, but as Stegall so eloquently put it, "What math are you doing?"

In fact, the Bombers could be toast by the time they return to practice one week from today in preparation for their Thanksgiving Day battle on Oct. 10 against the B.C. Lions.

If the Calgary Stampeders (7-6) beat Montreal on Saturday and the Saskatchewan Roughriders (7-6) topple B.C. later than night, Winnipeg's remaining four games -- three of which are at home -- will mean squat.

The Bombers have several deep-rooted problems that need to be addressed over the next six weeks and in the off-season, but they feel their schedule didn't help them out at all.

This is Winnipeg's first break of the season, while three other teams have already enjoyed two bye weeks.

"It was a disadvantage to us not having the bye week for so long," cornerback William Fields said. "A lot of our bodies are tired. It's tough knowing everybody else is fresh. Some teams already had two bye weeks already and we haven't had one.

"We got the short end of that stick. But we'll go home and relax and come back and get paid to win games."

Evans wants his teammates to do some soul searching during their vacation.

"People just need to reevaluate themselves and come back and finish the season hard," Evans said. "Everybody needs to take a long look at themselves in the mirror. Everybody. Omar Evans first. You need to look at yourself in the mirror and see what else you can do extra.

"It's not a shot towards anybody. I'm saying ... make sure you're doing everything you can possibly do to win."

Stegall's parting words were a vow to Bomber fans that the team won't quit.

"I'm going to make sure we keep playing hard," he said. "That's all we can do."


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