Blue hope to get charge out of Shockmain

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:22 AM ET

Shockmain Davis was having a Father's Day barbecue at his house in Houston when the phone rang.

It was Winnipeg Blue Bombers GM Brendan Taman requesting his services.

Fewer than 24 hours later, the receiver-returner was on the practice field at Canad Inns Stadium, getting ready to return kicks for the Bombers (0-1) on Friday night against the Toronto Argonauts (1-0).

Coincidentally, Davis attended Argos training camp this year and in 2003.

The Bombers need Davis to return kicks because Albert Johnson III is out with a shoulder injury. Davis isn't expected to play much receiver on Friday night, but head coach Doug Berry has already asked him what he knows about the Argos playbook.

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"He didn't have much of an answer for that," said Berry. "I think he just knows what they were doing themselves offensively.

"He hasn't been around long enough to know the intricacies of what I'm really looking for."

Davis, 28, appeared in 12 games for the New England Patriots in 2000 and signed with the Argos in 2003, but he broke his leg during training camp.

The Green Bay Packers signed him and allocated him to NFL Europe in 2004, and he led the league with 19 kick returns for 571 yards and two touchdowns.

However, he broke the same leg again at Packers camp later in 2004, and he was back in Toronto again this spring. He was among the Argos' final cuts.

"I had thought about retirement, but when I found out it was Winnipeg that wanted to pick me up, I thought I might as well come out and play with them," said Davis.

CUP FEVER? A quick survey yesterday suggested the NHL's Stanley Cup playoffs hadn't exactly gripped the locker-room.

"You want to know if I'll watch it or not? Honestly? Nah," said receiver Quentin McCord. "I might flip through, and if I catch it I might watch for about five minutes. That's about it, though.

"I'm not a hockey guy. I can't pick up the game. I like when they check each other. That's about it."

Offensive tackle Jermese Jones, however, wasn't going to miss last night's Game 7 between the Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes. Jones hails from Durham, N.C., and is a big 'Canes supporter.

"I'm hyped," said Jones. "I've been watching every game. I'm not missing a beat."

Rookie defensive back Gabriel Fulbright isn't a hockey fan, but he was planning on taking in last night's game for all the marbles.

"Just like baseball," said Fulbright. "I'll watch that, too, for the last game, but I wouldn't watch the whole series."

LATE HIT: The Bombers will wear their gold third jerseys Friday night, which is the team's annual Hall of Fame game. This year's inductees, Michael Gray, Brett MacNeil, Dave Vankoughnett and builders Dr. Ross Brown and Joe Wilder, will be honoured at half time.


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