Dumb penalties hurting

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:41 AM ET

HAMILTON -- Never mind that stream of offside infractions, the real killers could have been all those stupid rough play penalties that the Winnipeg Blue Bombers were flagged for during Sunday's uneven 29-22 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Linebacker Ike Charlton, offensive lineman Eric Wilson, safety Kyries Hebert and cornerback Stanford Samuels were all flagged for rough play (although the one on Samuels was a tough call) while offensive lineman Jermese Jones was nailed for an ill-advised objectionable conduct call.

The Tiger-Cats also took three roughing penalties.

"We take too many dumb penalties," Hamilton head coach Ron Lancaster Sr. told the Hamilton Spectator. "As long as you have those people here, you're not going to win.

"They think they are more important than other guys. Every time you do something stupid, you're hurting 40 other guys, and that's not right."

Don't be surprised if that quote gets posted in the Bomber locker-room.

Bombers head coach Doug Berry wants his team to play on the edge, but it still has to learn what the edge is.

"It's so hard when you're on offence trying to make a yard, and then just to know that we're willing to give that up on penalties is unacceptable," Berry said. "So that was the frustrating part."

The Bombers lead the CFL with 1,600 penalty yards.

FAB FOUR: The Bomber front four got its act together when it finally stopped taking offside penalties.

"That was the thing we talked about, even that at halftime," said Bomber head coach Doug Berry. "We had to re-learn what it's like to play on the edge. I don't think we did that all year long but we wanted to make another focus about it and that was part of the reason for some of the offside penalties. You try to time that snap count and we were off on that."

Defensive end Gavin Walls finished with three of the four Winnipeg quarterback sacks, giving him 10 on the season and getting him some bonus money. Defensive lineman Ron Warner had the other sack for a safety touch.

GLENN OK: Bomber QB Kevin Glenn was forced to limp out of the game for a brief spell.

"It was just a rollover on my ankle," said Glenn, who had his knee scoped earlier this year. "It was all right, though. I'm fine. I went back in to play so, it's all good."

LATE HEROICS: RB Charles Roberts was virtually ignored when the Bomber fell into a mid-game stupor but came through in the fourth quarter.

"They knew we were going to have the lead in the fourth quarter and I was going to get a workload and I got it," said Roberts, who caught a 14-yard TD pass from Glenn and rushed for 67 of his 104 yards in the final frame.

LATE HITS: The Bombers suffered no major injuries on Sunday, but RB Charles Roberts and OL Eric Wilson will skip today's practice. Both are expected to be back on the field tomorrow ... Berry said his half-time interview with TSN's James Cybulski on Sunday was a tribute to Don Matthews, his former boss in Montreal. A peeved Berry said about six words in response to three or four questions from poor Cybulski. "There's probably a few things that I do that are a reflection of Don -- and most of them good, if not all," Berry said.


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