Miracle is not forgotten

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:35 AM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are still feeling the buzz from Milt Stegall's game-winning, 100-yard touchdown on Thursday night against the Edmonton Eskimos.

Quarterback Kevin Glenn went home to Detroit on Friday for his parents' 25th wedding anniversary party, and he got to see ESPN show highlights of the memorable play.

Glenn, however, has yet to feel the love from someone other than family members or close friends.

"It's Milt. He's getting all the praise," Glenn said with a laugh. "I'm just a guy that threw the ball up in the air."

Stegall, meanwhile, has received numerous congratulatory phone calls and e-mails about the unbelievable finish.

"It's been on ESPN, and it was in the local news in Atlanta, which is crazy, too," Stegall said. "... That was more than just a football play. That was history right there."

WHO'S IN: Offensive linemen Carl Gourgues and Belton Johnson had their first practices with the Bombers yesterday, as did newly signed Canadian DE Shawn Mayne.

Mayne, a 23-year-old Montreal native, was drafted 18th overall by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats this year, but the 6-foot-3, 239-pounder was released two weeks ago when Ron Lancaster took over as head coach.

"He's a guy that we had highly rated in the draft," Bombers coach Doug Berry said.

Johnson, meanwhile, is happy to be back playing again after the B.C. Lions cut him loose at the end of training camp.

Johnson, whose younger brother Marcus plays for the Minnesota Vikings, will provide depth behind Jermese Jones at left tackle.

"Hopefully I can fit in and get some playing time," Johnson said. "That's my goal. I don't ever set my goals low."

Berry said none of the newcomers will be in the lineup Friday night when the Bombers visit Hamilton to take on the Tiger-Cats unless "something drastic" happens this week during practice.

WHO'S OUT: The Bombers released P Sam Paulescu and WR Blair Atkinson from the practice roster yesterday.

Paulescu's exit means 16-year veteran Troy Westwood has officially won both the placekicking and punting jobs.

RB Graeme Bell and WR Jamie Stoddard practised kicking field goals yesterday at practice. Let's just say Westwood has nothing to worry about.

LATE HITS: LB Neil McKinlay (foot) and CB Omar Evans (groin) have both been given clean bills of health, but that doesn't necessarily mean they'll be back in the lineup on Friday against Hamilton, Berry said ... The Bombers will know more about the status of LB Ike Charlton (ribs) tomorrow. He's currently questionable for Friday's contest ... Even though he's slated for season-ending knee surgery on Aug. 10, Bomber OL Dan Goodspeed plans to remain in Winnipeg to do his rehab.


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