He is finally showing what all that fuss was about.
Winnipeg safety Kyries Hebert had his best game in a Blue Bomber uniform last week, making a number of impact plays in a 17-14 victory over the Alouettes in Montreal.
Hebert forced two fumbles (although he was only given credit for one) and recovered one fumble to snuff out a Montreal drive late in the game when the Als were in position to at least boot a game-tying field goal. Hebert, who had arrived here amongst much fanfare and some controversy over the status of his CFL contract, also had two special teams tackles, a quarterback sack and a defensive tackle.
So, what will he do for an encore versus the Als at Canad Inns Stadium tonight?
"I'm going to try to top it," Hebert replied yesterday. "There's no use peaking now. We still have games to play so I want to continue to get better and contribute more and more to the team while doing my job.
"I wouldn't say my other games were less than that one. I was assignment-sound. It just so happened that those guys (Alouettes) tried me and that's what happens when try me. I had been looking forward to some action like that so hopefully, they'll come out, test me again and I'll give you a little more than I gave you last week."
STILL LEARNING: With 159 yards on 19 carries last week, Winnipeg tailback Charles Roberts pulled to within 20 yards of Calgary running back Joffrey Reynolds, who leads the CFL rushing race. Roberts, who had only 23 yards rushing versus the Stampeders the previous week, rushed for 94 yards on Winnipeg's last drive.
"I just couldn't get going for the first three quarters and you never know when you're going to get it going so that taught me something -- never to think that you're going to wind up with 20 yards again," he said. "Anything can happen at any given time."
FEELING BLUE: Roberts said yesterday that the Alouettes have a "different swagger" than they possessed at the beginning of the season.
Als defensive back Ricky Bell, who retired from football last season instead of playing for the Bombers because of a contract dispute, somewhat agrees with his former teammate.
"I don't know what he meant by that, but we're not the same team that played them earlier in the year," said Bell, who was traded to Montreal a year ago. "We're not as confident, and that comes with losing."
FLIP A SWITCH? Als quarterback Anthony Calvillo believes one win can erase the harmful effects of their six-game losing streak.
Calvillo said that belief will be driving his team tonight.
"It's gonna feel a lot better than losing another one, that's for sure," Calvillo said. "Winning just changes the whole atmosphere in the locker-room.
"Knowing that we can get to 8-6 and get ourselves one step closer to winning our division is going to be very positive for us."
NOTES: The Bombers had sold about 27,000 tickets to tonight's game as of 5 p.m. yesterday. Winnipeg is 11-0 since 1987 when the Stadium crowd is at least 30,000 ... The Als have made left tackle Uzooma Okeke, a seven-time CFL all-star, a healthy scratch for the second straight game ... The Als have committed 22 turnovers during their six-game losing streak.