Best of The Bombers

CHAD SCARSBROOK -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:24 AM ET

"Every question you ask, I'm gonna say me."

It was definitely going to be an exercise in humility for someone like Milt Stegall who, after hearing our idea of determining the best of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in a variety of categories, uttered the above words with a face as straight as the 55-yard line.

To Stegall's credit, he didn't actually answer himself for every question. It just seemed that way at first.

Like when we posed the question of who was the best dancer on the Blue and Gold.

"Of course (it's me)," said the Bombers slotback. "I'm versatile. These young guys, they're just doing the up to date stuff. I'm able to go back to the 60s, 70s, 80s."

Bombers kicker Troy Westwood didn't hesitate for a second to back Stegall's claims.

"(He's got) the flow, commitment and the eighties (break-dancing style)," Westwood said.

Omar Evans, however, wasn't entirely convinced. He said Stegall at first but quickly amended his answer.

"It depends on what you're talking about," said the Bombers' cornerback. "If you're talking about old-school, it's Milt Stegall. New school -- it's a couple of them. Stevie Baggs, Gabriel Fulbright and Robert Bean."

Evans wasn't as picky when it came to selecting the best-dressed Bomber.

"Best dresser? Me, myself," he said, striking a pose. "Look at me. I got a nice little style with me."

Stegall, perhaps predictably, was a little annoyed with the question.

"Come on man," Stegall said. "You ask anybody, they'll tell you that (I'm the best dressed). Like I say, I'm versatile. I don't have to spend a bunch of money on clothes. I'm definitely the best dressed."

Tom Canada disagreed.

"It's between Kelly Malveaux and Omar Evans," the defensive end said. "Kelly's got that west coast, eccentric style and Evans always comes with the top of the line hip-hop gear."

Evans was also the overwhelming choice for best cook on the team. Well, actually, the honour went to his father.

"He comes up and cooks for the whole team," Evans said of his dad. "He does it every year -- the last two years while I've been in Winnipeg and also when I was with Calgary."

And the Bombers are grateful for that.

"Omar Evans' father is the best cook, it's nobody on this team," said Stegall with a laugh. "I'm trying to get him back up here now. He can do it all, everything."

"He can cook anything he wants," Evans added. "He can saute some fish up or he can go old-school and whip up a little macaroni and cheese. He deep-fries turkeys, he does it all."

KNOWN FOR BRAWN

While the Bombers are known for their brawn on the field, some are known for their intellect off it. So who's the biggest literary critic on the club?

"That would be a heavyweight battle between Matt Sheridan and Jamie Stoddard," said Westwood. "But the scales would have to tip in Matt Sheridan's favour. They both read an immense amount but Matt may have a broader range of public knowledge."

"It's the offensive line as a group," answered Canada. "But Matt Sheridan will astound you with his vocabulary and his knowledge of meaningless facts."

While some are book-smart, others are smart in different ways -- like the ability to sweet-talk the ladies.

"I don't go out (on the town with the team), so you're asking the wrong guy about that," said Stegall of his choice for the Bomber with all the right moves. "Probably when I was dating, I had the best pickup lines."

And if Stegall was a little annoyed with us earlier for asking who the best dresser was, Evans was downright incredulous that we had the audacity to insinuate anyone else on the team could match up to him in pickup line ability.

"Man, you gotta ask that question? But I guess I don't really have pickup lines, (the girls) come to me," said Evans. "So I'll say Gabriel Fulbright 'cause he's the man."

Fulbright also got a vote in another category.

"Best pure athlete? I'd have to say Gabriel Fulbright," said Stegall. "I can give you one example. Before (the last game in Montreal), he tore his meniscus before pre-game even started. He shouldn't have even been playing in the game. The fact he went out there and played the entire game, played special teams, shows that he's a pretty special athlete."

Others had their own criteria in crowning the top athlete.

"Kyries Hebert," said Westwood. "It's possible outside of kicking he could play every other position on this team. He just seems to be the full package."

"Milt," said Canada. "He's all-around. He can do everything. He can cover you, hit you, he can outrun you and he can catch over you. Kyries is probably second because he's an all-around athlete."

It's clear there are all kinds of talent on this Winnipeg Football Club. There's even a talent or two you probably don't want to know about. Like the one Canada offered us.

"Best pre-game ritual would have to be Eric Wilson and (Mike) Abou-Mechrek for throwing up every game. And it doesn't matter where it might be.

"Anywhere."


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