Winning, thinning Ritchie stays mum

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:41 AM ET

You might say the good water in Lotus Land is agreeing with Dave Ritchie.

The former Blue Bombers head coach is not only the defensive co-ordinator of the B.C. Lions, the first-place team in the CFL West, but he has dropped about 50 pounds since recovering from heart surgery last September.

Ritchie will return to Winnipeg for the first time since the Bombers fired him when the Leos come to town this weekend. Although the Lions have already clinched a playoff berth with an 11-2 record while the 4-10 Bombers are essentially out of contention, Ritchie was not about to rub it in earlier this week.

"I don't want to comment on anything about Winnipeg," Ritchie told the Vancouver Province. "Winnipeg did what Winnipeg did. It happened. The people that did it, they had their reasons and let it go at that."

Ritchie, 67, was just relieved that someone would take a chance on him after his surgery.

"All I know is I'm very happy where I'm at," he said. "And I'm very happy that (B.C. head coach/GM) Wally (Buono) gave me a job because I don't know who else would have."

Actually, Edmonton also called him about an assistant opening.

DEALING: Speaking of Edmonton, the Eskimos acquired Troy Davis, the tailback who edged out Winnipeg's Charles Roberts as the CFL's top rusher last season, from Hamilton yesterday. The Eskies also got non-import offensive lineman Dan Comiskey back, sending non-import receiver Brock Ralph, import defensive back Tay Cody and a first-round pick in the 2006 Canadian college draft to the Ticats.

Comiskey returns to Edmonton after asking to be traded to an eastern team to be closer to his family due to some health problems. Davis is in his option year and was unlikely to re-sign with Hamilton. HASHMARKS: Although import Winnipeg OL John Feugill is likely gone for the season (MCL), he will not need surgery to repair it, said Bombers head coach Jim Daley ... Import OL Jermese Jones believes he will finally return to action versus B.C. on Monday, replacing Feugill on the roster. However, Daley said either import OL Ryan Bachman or non-import OL Dan Gyetvai are also options ... Newly-arrived DB Anthony Malbrough will play Monday if his hamstring pull has healed well enough. He would replace DB Syniker Taylor, who has returned to Mississippi to help his mother clean up her hurricane-damaged home, on the roster. Daley does not know if Taylor will return this year ... DL Doug Brown will test his sore right foot at practice today ... WR Gilles Colon (hip flexor) remains questionable for Monday ... The Bombers have added former Eskimos' WR Scott Robinson to thei practice roster.


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