Inside the 'Peg takes pounding on, off field

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:45 AM ET

Congratulations to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers!

They're miles out of the playoff race, yet the league is still talking about them.

But not in a good way. Not after the B.C. Lions thumped them 41-1 on Saturday.

"They played like a team ready to go home, like a team ready for the off-season," Lions linebacker Otis Floyd told the Vancouver Sun. "That's all they talked about. Going home."

Up in Edmonton, one member of the Eskimos, who are chasing the Lions for first place in the West Division, didn't sound too pleased that the Bombers mailed it in.

"Winnipeg just gave it up in the second half without a fight. They got abused," Esks linebacker A.J. Gass told the Edmonton Sun.

"Obviously, B.C. did some good stuff early on. Give them credit, but you could tell Winnipeg gave up."

Vancouver Sun columnist Mike Beamish summed it up best.

"In truth, it was a classic mismatch, the 5-12 Blue Bombers playing as if Vancouver was a stopover on a holiday flight to Hawaii," Beamish wrote. "Such problems debilitate teams eliminated from playoff contention early, but Winnipeg's will to fight never got checked with the baggage."

WHAT ABOUT ME? Stampeders PK Sandro DeAngelis was peeved that he had been all but forgotten in the race for West Division rookie of the year.

So what did he do? He went out and booted six of seven field goals in Sunday's win over the Roughriders and now leads the league with a 78% average.

"I watched TSN and a couple of commentators said (Winnipeg's) Gavin Walls or (Edmonton's) Tony Tompkins are going to win rookie of the year. I'm not going to lie. That bothered me quite a bit," DeAngelis told the Calgary Sun.

"I know kickers can be losers, I know we're dweebs, I know we're loners, I know we're all of the above, but I wanted to make a statement today to the rest of the country that hey, don't forget that stubby Italian guy in Calgary. I just felt very disrespected, and I felt I had to have a big game for myself and my teammates.

"It put a fire in my belly, and I was glad I could have a big game."

THE RACE IS ON: There are only two weeks left in the CFL regular season, but the playoff picture remains muddy.

The Lions need one win to clinch first place in the West, and the Argos need one win to secure first in the East.

In the West, Edmonton can still finish first, second or third, while Calgary can finish second or third.

In the East, Montreal can finish first or second, and either Saskatchewan (through the crossover) or Ottawa can finish third.


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