'Give me some damn production'

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:24 AM ET

Milt Stegall didn't want the ball.

All he wanted was some production.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers slotback was in a huff in the first half of yesterday's Banjo Bowl against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The Bombers had some fine field position, but their drives were stalling like a beat-up Pinto.

So when Stegall came off the field in the second quarter, he gave quarterbacks coach Mike Working an earful. Was Stegall pulling a Keyshawn Johnson, saying just give him the damn ball?

"That's not my way," Stegall said. "I knew people would think that because I was complaining coming off the field, but it's more frustrating with the fact that we're not producing. It's not the fact that I'm not getting the ball."

Receivers coach Bob Dyce, seeing his star slotback was upset from his perch in the press box, got Working to put Stegall on the headset and told him to calm down. Stegall had one catch for 10 yards in the first half, but he had six grabs for 100 yards in the second.

EJECTION: They finally caught the culprit. Last week, Bomber DE Tom Canada took a late roughing call for retaliating. Yesterday, he was often seen complaining to officials after plays.

"I was getting raped out there, and it's frustrating," Canada said. "I know the refs can't see everything on the field, but some of the stuff that was happening was a little bit blatant. ... I didn't get the calls I wanted, but karma came around, the guy got thrown out of the game, he's $1,000 in the hole and I'm happy."

Saskatchewan OL Charles Thomas was ejected for rough play late in the match.

PAYING HOMAGE: Stegall is as quick with his feet as he is with his story-telling. Turtle Man was asked how he managed to somehow put his right foot down in bounds on his 13-yard touchdown grab in the third quarter.

"Back in the day I took some tap dancing lessons with Sammy Davis Jr.," Stegall said. "And he said 'When you get that opportunity, don't make me look bad, Milt. I'm gonna be watching from the heavens.'

"So I just remembered when I was up in the air, 'Sammy Davis, Sammy Davis.' So I got the foot down, and I want to give a shout-out to Sammy Davis, because he taught me a lot of things when I was younger."

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