Brown, Bombers out to deflate Roughies

PAUL FRIESEN

, Last Updated: 12:31 PM ET

Last year, Doug Brown literally let the air out of a Saskatchewan Roughriders' balloon.

This time, he'd prefer to accomplish the figurative version of that feat.

Brown, the Blue Bombers defensive lineman, was injured and didn't play in the 2005 Labour Day Classic. Just the same, he didn't endear himself to the rowdy 'Rider fans while standing on the sidelines.

"A beach ball came down from the stands and I stabbed it with my keys, because it hit one of our players," Brown said. "I wasn't doing anything that game, so I figured I gotta help out the guys, man, I gotta contribute. So I took that foreign object and I killed it."

Then he got both barrels from the loonies in the stands.

"Oh my God. It was bad," Brown said. "These people wanted to kill me. I've never seen such angry people before in my entire life."

The Bombers lost last year's game, 45-26, dropping Winnipeg's record to 3-2 in Labour Day games since Brown arrived in 2001.

"It's really tough to go in there and win," Brown said. "It's never been easy. I can't remember ever going into Labour Day and thinking I feel pretty good after the game. That's not the way it works. It's always a slugfest. You know you're going to get pounded on."

Typically, it doesn't matter what the teams' records are going in.

For instance, the Bombers lost the game in '01, when they went 14-4. Two years before that, Saskatchewan won it, even though they finished the season 3-15.

The fact Winnipeg's lost three straight and the 'Riders have won two in a row doesn't matter either, Brown says.

"It wouldn't matter ... if we had won by 100 and they had lost by 100, 'cause when it's Labour Day, all bets are off. It's all about your preparation for that game, and for us, being on the road there, handling the elements."


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