Building on positive signs

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:11 AM ET

Winnipeg Blue Bomber fans tonight will finally get to see the 2006 edition of their team up close.

Will it be love at first sight?

Or will they be reaching for the barf bags?

A big win tonight over the East Division rival Toronto Argonauts would go a long way in giving fans hope for a season in which the Grey Cup will be played in Winnipeg this November.

Fans who watched Winnipeg's loss to Montreal on TV last week have already seen several positive signs, including the play of the defence, the offence in the first quarter and a special teams touchdown.

Summon all that went well

The Bombers tonight will be trying to summon all that went well last week and discard the mistakes: two late interceptions by quarterback Kevin Glenn, a missed 49-yard field goal that swung the momentum in Montreal's favour and a not-so-good return game.

Standing in Winnipeg's way tonight will be former Bomber quarterback Spergon Wynn and everybody's favourite child of the 1960s, running back Ricky Williams.

Even though he wouldn't say it yesterday, you can bet Wynn would love nothing more than to scorch the team that didn't give him a chance last season.

Williams, meanwhile, will attempt to clear the 100-yard rushing mark in his first CFL road game and, if he gets the chance, likely lead a post-game rally for world peace.

If the Bombers don't beat the Damon Allen-less Argos, there won't be much love on Maroons Road.

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REMEMBER WHEN ...

... Argos P/K Noel Prefontaine drilled a 20-yard field goal on the last play of the game to give the Boatmen a 35-32 win over the Bombers at Canad Inns Stadium on Oct. 16, 2005? Argos QB Damon Allen completed 26 of 39 passes for 484 yards and two touchdowns.

KEEP AN EYE ON ...

Argos RB Ricky Williams, No. 27. Now that he has one full CFL game under his belt, it'll be interesting to see how he fares in his second. The Miami Dolphins star had 97 rushing yards and 24 receiving yards in his debut last week.

QUIRKY STAT ...

The Bombers allowed only 265 yards of total offence to the Montreal Alouettes last week. Last year the Bombers never allowed fewer than 300 yards in any of their 18 games.

Forecast ...

Cloudy periods with a 30% chance of showers early in the evening. A daytime high of 24 C.

FINAL SAY ...

"Hey, did you guys meet Ricky?"

-- injured Argos QB Damon Allen to the massive media scrum that surrounded Ricky Williams yesterday


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