Berry loving his latest bully

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:17 AM ET

Doug Berry simply relishes what he gets from his newest offensive lineman.

"Eric Wilson has a very competitive attitude -- a very competitive attitude," the Winnipeg head coach stressed yesterday. "To me, as a former offensive line coach, a lot of linemen grow up being that big kid and a lot of them never really wanted to be that bully. But for an offensive line, the more bullies you have, the better.

"And Eric is going to bring, I believe, that bully attitude into that offensive line group. Even though we had a little bit of that there already, we've got more of it now."

Wilson, 28, will not only play his first game in more than a year but will play offensive tackle for the first time in his pro career when the Blue Bombers line up against Saskatchewan today.

"We'll see how that goes, said the 6-foot-3, 300-pound import. "Jumped into it kind of quick and we'll get on the field and go from there ... You've got a little bit more space ... but if you break it down, it's just, 'Go play football.' So, you block who you've got in front of ya and go score touchdowns and that's what we're going to do (today)."

GLENN TENTATIVE: Bomber QB Kevin Glenn admitted to feeling somewhat tentative after returning from arthroscopic surgery last week.

"I'm feeling better," he said. "Just getting a game back on the knee was good. It withstood everything. It didn't give out on me, so that was a good test. That (knee brace) was like getting new equipment. It was just like getting used to some shoulderpads.

FAN CHALLENGE: The Bombers had sold 28,517 tickets yesterday and with the extra seats for the Grey Cup, were hoping to exceed 30,000.

"I challenge the crowd to be louder than those melonheads over in Saskatchewan," said Bomber OL Mike Abou-Mechrek. "That would be a good thing. We need all the help we can get right now."

COME ON OUT: Winnipeg band Pushing Daisies will debut the official Grey Cup song, C'mon, C'mon, during today's halftime show. The group wrote the catchy, football-related lyrics and pitched the song to the CFL. The song can be downloaded for free for 30 days off the CFL website starting tomorrow.

The band, which will also play a 45-minute set before today's game, starting at 12:45 p.m., is hoping to play it live at the Grey Cup game here in November.

"That is what we've been led to believe," said lead singer Roland Cote.

The band will also be booked to play other Cup-related festivities.


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