Game no gimme

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:21 AM ET

HAMILTON -- Let's cut to the chase: The Winnipeg Blue Bombers could wrap up a playoff berth in the next seven days.

The Bombers are second in the East Division with a 4-2 record, two points back of the Montreal Alouettes (5-0).

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats, meanwhile, are 1-5 and wallowing in the East basement, having already fired their coach, Greg Marshall, earlier this month.

The Bombers battle the Tiger-Cats tonight at Ivor Wynne Stadium with a glorious opportunity to move eight points up on the Tabbies.

10 POINTS AHEAD

Then the teams meet back in Winnipeg a week from tonight, when the Bombers might be able to move a whopping 10 points ahead.

Ignoring a potential crossover, that would give the Bombers an unbelievable playoff cushion as they approach the midway point of the season.

But crazier things have happened in the wacky CFL, so there's no way the Bombers would be able to rest on their laurels.

They may, however, be able to sleep a little easier should they sweep this home-and-home.

The first half -- tonight's tilt in the oven also known as southern Ontario -- will provide a stiff test for the Blue and Gold, because history says it will.

BE AFRAID

One only has to look back at last August, when the Bombers came to Steeltown riding a two-game winning streak (which was considered pretty good for that team) to face the 0-8 Tiger-Cats.

The final score? Hamilton 41, Winnipeg 39.

The moral of the story? Be afraid of a wounded kitty.


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