Classic moments

SIMONE GILLIES -- For Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:21 AM ET

Highlights and lowlights of the Blue Bombers are gauged in success and failure on the gridiron.

But not every notable football experience is something that will make it into the record books. Here is a look at a few of the best of times and worst of times -- offbeat in nature -- in some of the Blue's football careers:

THE BEST OF TIMES

High points may not be measured by yards, but by team camaraderie, fan support and even pranks as Kevin Glenn remembers.

"One of the best series of pranks I was involved in was in college when some of my teammates got into my apartment. I got home and everything was upside down and backwards. They had taken my bed and put the box spring on top of the mattress. All of the pictures were facing the wall. The TV was backwards. It was funny but it took me forever to clean up and no one would tell me who did it."

Eventually Glenn got a clue as to who was responsible and sought his revenge.

"While this guy was at practice I went to the locker-room, took the keys to his car and drove it to some neighborhood and left it. But, I returned the keys to his locker so that when he went to find his car after practice it wasn't there. He had to get someone to drive him around until he found it. It was funny except it went on back and forth for a month, each of us hiding each other's cars. Eventually we were told to stop. But it was good for a laugh though."

'SASKATCHEWAN SUCKS'

Troy Westwood won't admit to any pranks he may have played on teammates, but he confesses that he enjoyed tormenting Rider fans at a game in Saskatchewan. "I remember it was the 4th quarter and I grabbed one of our white boards and wrote 'Saskatchewan Sucks,'" says Westwood. "I leaned it up behind our bench so all the Rider fans could see. They started yelling and complaining, and this one woman actually started crying begging the officials to take it down. That's a pretty good memory."

Doug Brown's experience with fans has a more bizarre twist. He looks back fondly on one memory -- when a fan let him know he was truly appreciated.

"You know you finally made it big time when you get your first stalker," Brown chuckles. "I was playing for the Washington Redskins in the NFL and I got a package in the mail with a long letter from this woman and a picture. But it was a picture of just her arm. The next week I got another letter from her and a picture of her leg."

Brown's mystery packages garnered attention and each week his teammates would gather around to see what the mystery woman had sent.

"She never revealed her face." says Brown, "The really weird thing was I sent her an e-mail and mentioned that it was funny I'd never met her. But she wrote back and said that after practice one day, she was part of the crowd and she had met me and I signed some of her things. Creepy ... but cool."

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THE WORST OF TIMES

Game losses and injuries top the list for most players. But Matt Sheridan managed to combine them both in a story about playing as a rookie in the 2001 Grey Cup.

"My teammate, Brett McNeil, broke my leg during that game," says Sheridan. "It was the third quarter, we're battling Calgary. One play I see (quarterback) Khari Jones in the wrong spot. So I was going to be athletic and try to block somebody. As I turned and planted my left leg, Brett was, self-admittedly trying to blow out Joe Fleming's knee."

As McNeil landed, he rolled on the outside of Sheridan's leg, shattering his ankle and breaking his fibula in eight places.

"I was carted of the field screaming as the CBC-TV had a close-up on my face."

Sheridan got a phone call from McNeil a couple of days later saying he had watched tape of the play. Instead of an apology or a get well soon wish, Sheridan says McNeil had a different message.

"He said quote 'to get my ass out of the way next time.' I thought it was quite special."

INJURED PRIDE

The only thing that was injured was Eric Wilson's pride during his first training camp with his college team.

The offensive lineman says he was a little guy at 18-years -old and about 260 pounds.

"It was actually before the camp started and I was early but thought I'd go and run with the team," says Wilson.

Because he was the only rookie, there wasn't any practice gear ready for him. The team managed to wrangle some gear for him and one of the senior O-linemen generously lent him a pair of shorts.

"Which was great except they were 4-XL shorts," says Wilson. "I spent the entire practice running around trying to hold my up shorts."

ALMOST UNSCATHED

Wilson almost managed to finish practice unscathed until he went up for a ball on one play while his shorts went down around his ankles.

"There I was in all my glory but I had to finish the play," says Wilson. "Obviously, I got razzed by the team for the rest of the practice and was told to give the shorts back because they didn't look to good on me.

"Pretty embarrassing."


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