Return to roots boost for Blink

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:29 AM ET

Charles Roberts found joy on the football field last week.

And that was before he rushed for 129 yards on 21 carries against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' 29-0 victory at Ivor Wynne Stadium on Friday.

SPREAD GOOD CHEER

Roberts was driving around with former Blue Bombers linebacker Lamar McGriggs last Wednesday and saw a group of kids playing on Frank White field. The duo stopped by and helped the coaches of the Winnipeg Nomads, but mostly spread good cheer among the kids.

"They were happy and I was happy," said Roberts. "That's where I started, that's where we all started. Any time high school guys or college guys came out, it was always fun."

Was it coincidence he rebounded from a two-game drought after reconnecting with his roots?

"I didn't do it specifically for that reason," said Roberts. "But when I was leaving, I thought 'this is just football at its most (enjoyable).' You don't have to worry about getting paid, getting fired or anything like that. You just go out there and have fun."

DAY OF REST: Blue Bombers slotback Milt Stegall took a routine day off to heal his aching ribs.

Stegall, who was nailed by Ticats defensive back Tay Cody during the second quarter of Friday's blowout, says he'll be ready to go for this week's rematch.

BACK-TO-BACKS: Obviously the schedule won't be changed, but that didn't prevent a few members of the Blue Bombers from sharing their opinion about playing back-to-back games against the Ticats.

"I don't particularly like it," said Blue Bombers wideout Chris Brazzell. "There's only eight teams and I like to spread the teams out."

"I think that's the hardest thing to do," added Blue Bombers defensive back Anthony Malbrough. "In the first game, the opponent is new and you're trying to find out tendencies, trying to see what guys like to do and what guys don't like to do.

"But that second game is going to be tougher because now we know each other a little better."

SEE YOU LATER: Canadian defensive lineman Martin Lapostolle, cut during training camp but brought back after the injury to Ron Warner, was released yesterday.

CHANGES EXPECTED: The Ticats limp into town Friday with a 1-6 record but several prominent changes are likely.

Jason Maas, who sat out with a hip pointer last week. should be back. Injured running back Josh Ranek, should also be ready to go and receiver Kwame Cavil is expected to be in for Craig Yeast.


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