Now that's what we call a trick play

PAUL FRIESEN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:59 AM ET

The dead duck struck again.

And another Winnipeg Blue Bomber rookie was left with little more than a handful of feathers.

It began yesterday morning, when a group of Bombers went to head coach Doug Berry with a plan.

The idea was to sneak a dead duck into practice, then hatch a scheme to get it into the hands of an unsuspecting first-year player.

Receiver Arjei Franklin was identified as the target.

Fullback Scott Regimbald supplied the duck.

"When I was in Calgary, we did something like this," Regimbald said. "And they've been doing it here for a couple of years. So when I came, I took over the responsibility of getting the duck."

Regimbald got the bird while hunting near Lockport a couple of weeks back. He'd been storing it in his freezer, ever since. Waiting.

"We let it thaw out today, so it looked nice and fresh," he said.

The plan went like this: during the closed part of yesterday's practice, away from the eyes of the media, the coaches would unveil a new trick play for Sunday's East semifinal in Toronto -- a reverse to Franklin.

"We always have it in a reverse, 'cause it's easier to hide the duck," Regimbald explained.

Franklin is told about the play --not the duck -- and he's so excited he tells his roommate, Ian Logan, about it.

"It's a reverse, so I'm excited about it, right?" Franklin would say later. "And they call me on the last play of practice, and we set it up and we run it."

At that point, quarterback Kevin Glenn, who had the duck under his jersey, stepped behind centre Obby Khan.

Khan snapped the ball, but Glenn left it behind and took the duck out, instead.

Around comes Franklin.

"As Kevin was pulling it out of his shirt to hand it off, I saw these blue feathers," Franklin said. "And I take the handoff and I look down and it's a dead, frozen duck in my hands! So I just kind of dropped it and yelled."

And then it hit him: "Maybe we're not running that play in Toronto. Maybe this whole thing was set up for me just to get the duck.

"And that's when it hurt. I can handle the duck. But ... not getting that play, that hurt. But I got a good laugh about it."

So did the head coach.

"You made my day," Franklin told Berry.

"You made ours," Berry said.


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