VANCOUVER -- The Winnipeg Blue Bombers, just like advanced calculus, are too hard to figure out.
They've spit up on themselves when they were supposed to win, and they've showered themselves in glory when they were supposed to lose.
Now, with only their final regular-season game remaining, tonight in B.C. against the Lions, it's still impossible to predict what they're going to do.
Logic says the Bombers should win, and here's why:
- The Lions are 12-5. They wrapped up first place in the West weeks ago, and they are sure to play several backups tonight.
- B.C.'s offensive line is missing two starters, and Winnipeg's defensive line, featuring tackle Doug Brown, is one of the league's fiercest.
- The Bombers need to win tonight's tilt to finish second in the East Division and host a semifinal next Sunday afternoon.
- Winnipeg quarterback Kevin Glenn has been shooting the lights out lately. The second-year CFL starter has five touchdown tosses in his last two outings against no interceptions. He hasn't been this hot since a three-game stretch between June 23 and July 8.
- The Bombers' receiving corps is starting to look scary for opposing secondaries. Milt Stegall, Derick Armstrong and Chris Brazzell all caught majors last week against the Stampeders, and if they continue to click like that, Glenn might end up with another raise soon.
- They won't say it, but the Bombers desperately want to get Stegall the CFL's all-time touchdown record. Touchdowns equal points. Points equal wins.
- Winnipeg is the CFL's best road team, with a 5-3 record away from Canad Inns Stadium.
So there are the reasons why the Bombers should win.
We suggest, however, that you don't bet the farm on it.