Khari a popular choice

Veteran quarterback Khari Jones, who has not played football this year, could be signed by the...

Veteran quarterback Khari Jones, who has not played football this year, could be signed by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as a stop-gap solution to their QB woes. (Edmonton Sun File/David Bloom)

PAUL FRIESEN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:27 AM ET

Some of you agree with me, 100%. Others wonder what I've been smoking.

But there was no shortage of reaction to yesterday's column suggesting the Blue Bombers bring back quarterback Khari Jones.

The e-mail box, the voice mail and the Sun's web poll were all humming, and the vast majority of respondents say Jones would be an improvement over anybody the Bombers currently have filling in for injured Kevin Glenn.

One caller said all he's been hearing at the Stadium lately is chants of "Bring back Khari Jones," and he hopes it happens.

By 8 p.m. yesterday, 480 fans had responded to our web poll, 74% saying the Bombers should bring the 35-year-old out of retirement.

There doesn't seem to be any middle ground on the issue, though.

One e-mailer suggested Jones, the CFL's top player in 2001, was never that good to begin with, saying he dumped his season tickets because the Bombers stuck with Jones for so long.

"If you were a coach of the Bombers and had any notion of bringing him back, I'd fire you also," he wrote. "Don't make me want to give up my season tickets again."

Another suggested I wasn't thinking clearly when I wrote the column.

"Hey Paul, you're not eating any of those 'Trumpets of Doom' are you?" he asked. "It would explain your hallucinations of wanting the Bombers to bring back Khari Jones!"

No, I haven't been nibbling on any funny-looking flowers.

I just think Jones would have produced more than four offensive points over the last seven quarters, that's all.

And when Glenn comes back, old No. 17 would make a great sideline mentor, an extra pair of eyes that might be able to provide the odd tip, a la Danny McManus in Calgary.

Sure, it's possible Mike Quinn or Brad Banks will be better next time.

But if they're not, Glenn is out two to four more weeks, by which time the Bombers could fall to third place in the East.

It would just seem right, too, to see Jones finish his career in blue and gold, even if it's as a backup.

Unable to crack Edmonton's roster this season, Jones has been working as a sideline reporter for games on CBC television.

Reached in Calgary this week, he didn't totally rule out playing again.

"If a team feels like they need me and I feel good about that situation, then it's something that might happen," he said. "But it's still a might after that."

So far, the Bombers haven't called him.

Like I said yesterday, why not?


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