Positional Battles key tonight

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:00 AM ET

To some fans, the first CFL pre-season game means about as much as a campaign promise.

To some of the players, however, it's the biggest -- and perhaps only -- game they will play this season.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats take on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers tonight at Canad Inns Stadium, and jobs are up for grabs. The stars are going to sit this one out and let the newcomers -- along with a few veterans -- either win or lose their right to start looking for an apartment.

The Bombers, for instance, have a few position battles that are still wide open, including those at backup quarterback, outside linebacker, guard, safety, and import and Canadian receiver.

Show well tonight, and you could cement your spot on the squad for the rest of the season.

Perform poorly, and you might be visiting the GM's office as early as tomorrow morning.

Just another game?

Not even close.


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