Suffice to say that heated rivalry with Montreal that had been lukewarm since Winnipeg returned to the West has been revived now that the Blue Bombers are back in the East.
The Bombers were incensed not only that they were accused of taking cheap shots at Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo but that the Als went to the press to complain about it. Wide receiver Ben Cahoon didn't like the way he was treated by Winnipeg's defensive backs and then there's the off-field stuff, such as the Richard Karikari negotiations.
"We play each other four times -- six including the pre-season -- so you develop a real dislike for your opponent when you play them that many times and you want to come out on top," Bomber linebacker Barrin Simpson said yesterday.
And Cahoon can expect more of the same tonight.
"Most definitely," affirmed Bomber DB Anthony Malbrough. "The one thing about us is that we come to play the same way, no matter what the ref's saying, no matter what the other coach is saying. We're going to play aggressive. We're not worried about the other team, we're worried about what we do. And we're playing well. We get aggressive, we make plays, we fly around to the ball and we hit."
DOUG VS. DON: Bomber head coach Doug Berry claimed he is not intimidated coaching against his mentor, Don Matthews -- the winningest head knock in CFL history.
"Not at all," Berry said. "It's not me against Don, it's the Blue Bombers against the Alouettes. It's our players against their players.
"It's a fun challenge in that we're both sitting here with three wins and it's an important game for both of us."
RAY TO PLAY: Non-import WR Darryl Ray will make his Blue debut but will be used mostly on special teams tonight.
"I'm very anxious," said the former Ottawa Renegade. "The last game I played was Week 17 of last year so I've been itchin' to get in."
HASHMARKS: Due to the demand for tickets, the Bombers are offering 250 ducats to the Blue Bomber Touchdown Tent (field level) for only $20 each ... Bombers had sold 25,400 tickets as of 4:30 p.m. yesterday ... Montreal CB Lamont Brightful will miss the game because he is getting married.