Are the Winnipeg Blue Bomber veterans going soft, or are they just more focused on playing in Toronto in late November?
The team holds an annual rookie show during training camp. The first-year players are required to entertain the veterans any way they see fit.
Slotback Milt Stegall, a 13-year veteran, said if he hadn't said anything about the show, the last two weeks would have been full of nothing but practice, meetings and sleep.
"There's some positions that are up for grabs, so guys were really not thinking about the rookie show," Stegall said yesterday. "If I wouldn't have said anything about it I don't think many guys would have thought about it.
"So all the phantom stuff and all that, it's not really going on much this year."
THINKING ABOUT JOBS
Perhaps, Stegall said, players are a little more dedicated about getting the Bombers over .500 for the first time since 2003.
"I'm not saying they haven't been thinking about them in the past, but they've just been thinking about their jobs a lot more," Stegall said.
Despite the low-key approach, the rookie show was still a blast, Stegall said. The rookies went high-tech with their performance this year, using a Power Point presentation to present several veterans with their celebrity dopplegangers.
"It was pretty funny," Stegall said. "They would throw up a player and then they would throw up their look-alike."
The rookies compared receiver Derick Armstrong to Damon Wayans from the movie Major Payne, but Stegall would not divulge any others.
"The other ones out there would get mad if I were to tell you," Stegall said. "There were some good ones, though."