Goodspeed just happy to be playing

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:15 AM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are on a two-game winning streak, and Dan Goodspeed is just happy to be a part of it.

No, really, he's just happy to be a part of it.

It wasn't looking good for the 6-foot-6, 314-pound left tackle going into training camp. The Bombers had selected two non-import O-linemen in the Ottawa Renegades dispersal draft with the intention of going with an all-Canadian O-line.

What didn't help matters was the fact that Goodspeed's agent, Ron Del Duca Jr., had gone to the media about their contract negotiations with the club.

Goodspeed, who joined the Bombers last July, was so uncertain about his future with the Blue and Gold that he and wife, Amy, decided it would be best if she remained in their hometown of Tampa. They were planning to spend the summer together in Winnipeg.

So Goodspeed, 29, showed up at training camp looking lean and mean and proceeded to spoil the plan for an all-Canadian O-line. He's Midwest-U.S. nice off the field, but he's a nasty bugger once he crosses the sideline.

"He's played great," said head coach Doug Berry. "He's really played great.

"... We just decided that we liked Dan at that left tackle, and he's done a fine job over there. He's really consistent, and when you call a play or a protection you know what you're going to get."

After allowing quarterback Kevin Glenn to be sacked six times in the season-opener against Montreal, the Bomber O-line has surrendered just two sacks in the last two games.

Goodspeed has been a big part of that, but he won't discuss how close he came to losing his job.

"I'm just happy to be here playing," he said. "I'm happy because we're 2-1. That's a reflection of how the O-line's playing a little bit, too. Obviously the defence is a heck of a defence, but we've got a lot of yards rushing and Kevin's been on his feet most of the time."

And that is a recipe for a happy locker-room. They've won two straight in fairly convincing fashion, and the mood is night-and-day different than it was during last year's dismal 5-13 campaign.

The Bombers (2-1) meet the Toronto Argonauts (1-2) tomorrow at Rogers Centre.

"After we beat Edmonton, man, that felt good," said Goodspeed. "I didn't feel that last year at all, even when we won.

"That's just the different attitude everybody has this year. It's a good attitude. It's more of a winning attitude. We're expecting to do things like that. I don't know what we expected last year, to tell you the truth."

"... Everybody feels like something's happening here, and everybody wants to be a part of it."


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