Blink, Blue share blame for blow-up

TED WYMAN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:08 AM ET

There are two ways of looking at the new Winnipeg Blue Bombers soap opera, tentatively titled As the World Turns Around Charles Roberts.

On one hand, Roberts appears to be channeling Terrell Owens, acting like a petulant kid who is not getting his own way and proving once again that he's not the most mature 27-year-old on the planet.

Roberts apparently watched the Drew Rosenhaus motivational video before unloading on the Bombers brass for daring to consider bringing in an NFL-calibre running back to compete for playing time in the backfield.

Blink has done this before, of course, and that allowed management of the CFL team to downplay his comments with the simple explanation: "It's just Charles being Charles."

So far, it has been a massive over-reaction from Roberts, considering the team has only had preliminary conversations with Onterrio Smith's agent and may never actually sign the infamous Whizzinator. In the process Roberts managed to insult GM Brendan Taman and get off on the wrong foot with new coach Doug Berry, who he hasn't even met.

It's an act that is clearly wearing on some people and it's doubtful the no-nonsense Berry will put up with it for very long.

On the other hand, you have to wonder why the Bombers would mess with the fragile psyche of their star running back in order to pursue a player who has been suspended more than once by the NFL for drugs despite going to extraordinary lengths (wink-wink, nudge-nudge) to avoid positive tests.

Nobody, including Roberts, knows what Taman and Berry have in mind for Smith if he comes here, but you can see how Blink would take this like a poke in the eye.

Roberts is a five-time all-star who has been nothing short of exceptional throughout his CFL career. He's a player fans around here would like to see for a long time. He has thrived so far without any serious competition for touches in the backfield, so why should that change now?

In the end, this could all blow over like hockey player Sandis Ozolinsh on a breathalyzer, but you have to think scars will remain and that is unfortunate.

FLAME OUT: Although it would have been fun to watch the Calgary Flames go on another long Stanley Cup playoff run, you had to be happy for our old friend Teemu Selanne when the Anaheim Mighty Ducks advanced to the second round.

Selanne is an absolute joy to watch this year, as he uses his speed and skill to resume his position as one of the most exciting players in hockey. The battle scars on his face prove that he isn't shying away from any corners either.

You could tell from the start of the year that the old Teemu was back, but you could argue that he has never looked better -- and by that we mean more rounded -- than he did at the Olympics in February and during the seven-game series win over the Flames.

One of the most popular players in Winnipeg Jets history, you have to think there are an awful lot of fans in these parts who would like to see that cracked-tooth smile below a hoisted Stanley Cup next month.

GRITTY KITTY: Former Jets player and Moose coach Randy Carlyle is doing a great job with the Ducks as well and that's a nice story, but the ex-Winnipeg player you have to be most happy for is Teppo Numminen. The steady defenceman was on the winning end of a playoff series for the first time in his 18-year career this season with Buffalo. The first eight of those years were with the Jets. Go figure ... Isn't it about time for more local fans to start getting on the Manitoba Moose bandwagon? The Jets won two playoff series in their NHL existence and got whiteouts. These Moose are making playoff runs a habit ... If I hear another person refer to Detroit as Hockeytown, I'm going to, well, choke ... Barry Bonds got hit in the bean with a foul ball while standing in the dugout during batting practice the other day, but you could hardly blame the guy in the cage. Bonds' melon is so big, it has its own gravitational pull ... Note to John Daly on how to get back some of that $60 million he has gambled away: Start playing golf with Charles Barkley. $20,000 a hole should do it.


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