Blue have hate on

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:51 AM ET

Remember the classless act by that Italian soccer player sucking his thumb after scoring a key goal at the World Cup?

He was anticipating that his opponents would be crying after a controversial penalty kick cost them the game (which, of course, they did). Well, forgive Blue Bomber fans if they start sucking their thumbs in the general direction of the Montreal Alouettes when they come to town to play the Bombers in a CFL match at Canad Inns this Saturday.

That's because Winnipeg defensive end Gavin Walls was fined $500 by the CFL for a late hit on Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo in their Week 1 contest. The fine came only after the Als complained to the Montreal media, almost two weeks after the match.

"Watching the film, they aimed right at A.C.'s legs," Alouettes centre Bryan Chiu told the Montreal Gazette. "Call it what you want, I think they were trying to hurt him, although they may beg to differ. As an offensive line, we can't let that go. We take pride in protecting him."

That fine has stuck in the craw of last year's rookie of the year ever since.

"Yeah, it affected me to a certain extent because I felt they were crying about it and this and that," Walls said recently. "But if they feel like that $500 fine is going to stop me from going to do what I've got to do, then the whole league has a long think coming."

And Walls can't wait to meet Montreal again.

"We're going to have our bone to pick with Montreal very soon," Walls said. "We're going to hit them in the mouth and give them reason to cry, then go back and look at film and look for late hits and all that stuff. Only losers do that, ya know?

"So, we're going to smash them in their mouth and we're going to come out and play our game. It'll show out in the end."

Actually, Chiu wasn't the only one complaining. Wide receiver Ben Cahoon complained consistently over the way the Winnipeg defensive backs treated him.

"I was emotional and frustrated," he told the Gazette. "But I don't want to be a whiner. I just like to play good ball, run my routes and try to get open."

The Bomber defenders, who had shut down Montreal's vaunted offence for almost three quarters in the 27-17 loss, had their own bone to pick with the Als.

"What killed us after Week 1 was Calvillo and them talking like they had a bad game and that it was a fluke with (our) defence," said Bomber safety Ron Ockimey. "When they (Als) get here, it's going to be over for them. It's going to be over for Montreal when they come here. It's over."


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