Blue fans get loud

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:44 AM ET

There seems to be a myth going around that the Winnipeg Blue Bombers stink the joint out when they attract a large crowd to Canad Inns Stadium.

It couldn't be further from the truth.

Since 1985, the Bombers are an impressive 14-1 when at least 30,000 spectators show up to watch their home games.

Their latest victory under those circumstances came Sunday, when they came back to beat the Saskatchewan Roughriders 27-23 in front of 30,026, which, of course, included a couple thousand 'Rider fans.

The Bomber boosters that were there, however, sure got loud in the crucial fourth quarter and made things difficult for the 'Rider offence.

"It was unbelievable," Bombers president and CEO Lyle Bauer said yesterday. "The players know it. They fed off each other. It just kept fuelling itself. It was great.

"I really don't think I've heard it that loud."

Bombers slotback Milt Stegall said the crowd noise helped play a role in the game's outcome.

"We appreciate the support, we appreciate the big crowd, and we appreciate everything they did for us," Stegall said.

The Stadium's capacity is only 29,503, but the 30,000 mark was topped Sunday because of the temporary seating already in place for the Grey Cup.

STODDARD BACK: The Bomber offence finally rediscovered Jamie Stoddard on Sunday.

The Canadian receiver caught three passes for 70 yards, including a 42-yard gain.

"That felt nice," Stoddard said. "It felt nice to be out there on a consistent basis and be closer to the quarterback and have a little rhythm out there."

FOOTBALL SAVER? Bombers CB Omar Evans and the rest of the secondary gave CPR to the football after Evans' interception sealed Winnipeg's win on Sunday.

It was a move Evans picked up from Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Johnson.

"It wasn't what I was doing to the ball, it was what I was doing to us; seeing if we were still alive, making sure we had air in us," Evans said. "We hadn't been playing with no emotion, so that's just something in the secondary we wanted to do: come out and play with emotion, play with a little bit of a swagger and set the tone.

"I was letting everybody know we're not dead. We're still alive."

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