Linebacker flies to teammate's defence

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:45 AM ET

Ron Ockimey officially reached his boiling point with 19 seconds left in the season.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers linebacker let his emotions get the best of him during a skirmish between teammate Wade Miller and Calgary Stampeders punter Burke Dales.

Ockimey decided to join the fray, leaping high into the air and diving into the pile. He got ejected for his actions.

"It was just an end to a frustrating season," Ockimey said. "When I looked at the big screen, I was like, 'What the hell just happened?' Like seriously, I didn't even know. I just reacted. I just snapped.

"I saw my teammates fighting, tussling. It was just a natural reaction."

Ockimey also used last night's post-game interview to deliver a curious statement about his future with the club.

"I've discovered over the past few weeks that I'm not somebody's favourite over here, so who knows where I'm going to be next year," he said.

"It's just frustrating. I think I deserve to play."

WHIRLWIND WEEK: Brian Diesbourg's world has been upside down since he kicked a 50-yard field goal on Thursday to win $1-million in Wendy's Kick for a Million promotion.

He also has no idea what to think about the Bombers adding him to their negotiation list, which GM Brendan Taman did on Friday.

When reached by The Sun yesterday, the 25-year-old from Belle River, Ont., didn't understand what a CFL negotiation list was or how he ended up on one, but he's certainly intrigued by it.

"I can't wait to see what's going to turn out of it," Diesbourg said. "It sounds awesome."

Taman's decision to put Diesbourg on Winnipeg's neg list has drawn the ire of many Bombers fans. Some are even saying that's another reason Taman should be fired after Winnipeg's dismal 2005 season.

However, Diesbourg did kick a 50-yard field goal, which not many people in this world can do. And the young mechanical engineer just wants a chance to see if he has any kind of future as a football player.

"That would be sweet," he said. "Why not, right? ... I just want to try to see if I'm capable."

FINAL NUMBERS: Calgary won all three meetings against Winnipeg this season ... The Bombers allowed at least 40 points in eight of their 18 games, but they won one of those contests, 51-46 over Montreal ... Winnipeg's home record was 4-5. They were 1-8 on the road ... Winnipeg was 1-9 against the West Division ... The Bombers didn't just break the CFL records for most yards and passing yards allowed in a season; they smashed them. They allowed 214 more yards than the 1991 Saskatchewan Roughriders, and they surrendered 203 more passing yards than the 1993 B.C. Lions.


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