Time to look ahead

PAUL FRIESEN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:46 AM ET

Nobody asked me, but it seems there are two areas the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have neglected the last few seasons, and if they're not careful it's going to bite them.

No, this time I'm not talking about the backup quarterback spot. At least they've tried to find candidates there. They've just failed miserably.

The two areas Bomber brass has largely ignored of late: running back and kicker.

Let's face it, it's been thinner than a mosquito's stinger behind Charles Roberts most of his career. I know, Roberts appears indestructible, but we all know nobody is.

Imagine the Bomber offence without No. 1 in the backfield?

Head coach Doug Berry has been lauding the competition brought into camp, so one of either Antoine Bagwell, Dominique Dorsey or Fred Reid had better be good enough to stick around. None of them showed a thing in the first preseason game, and Reid's the only one playing tonight.

So give him the ball, already.

Now, about Troy Westwood.

We're big fans of Old Lefty in the Sun sports department, but now that he's on the north side of 40, isn't it time to start grooming the next three-point specialist?

At least bring in a candidate every season, on the off-chance you might discover a successor.

Bomber GM Brendan Taman didn't even bring in competition for the spot this year, as if waiting for Westwood to prove he can't do it anymore.

Place-kicking is far too important for that.

IN THE LINE OF FIRE: Steve Dolyniuk thought he'd left the dangerous life behind when he retired from the Winnipeg police at the end of April.

He sure didn't think he'd ever be attacked on the football field.

Dolyniuk, a CFL official going on his seventh year, was working the game between the Lions and Saskatchewan in Vancouver one week ago when he was the victim of a random attack by a crazed fan.

Standing near the sideline, Dolyniuk was taken out from behind just before a play began.

"I never saw it coming," he told Sun Media yesterday. "I was blindsided. It was a classic clip."

But it drew a lot more than a flag, as the guy's been charged with assault.

Dolyniuk suffered hip pain and whiplash symptoms the next few days, but says he's OK now.

The league appears to be taking the incident very seriously, as it should, with a review of security at B.C. Place.

"I don't think it was targeted at Steve," George Black, supervisor of officials, said from Toronto. "I just think a nut came out of the stands to show off for his friends."

The best security is cutting back on the liquor you sell idiots like this.

CUP FOR A DAY: Did you know there's another Manitoban, aside from Winkler's Dustin Penner, making plans to bring the Stanley Cup home this summer?

Aaron Rome, originally from a farm at Nesbitt, Man., was part of the Anaheim Ducks' black aces, a group of players called up from the minors for the playoff run.

Rome got into one first-round game, got a front-row seat for the rest, then had a chance to skate around the ice with the Cup and take part in the whole celebration that followed.

"It was unbelievable, being on the ice with the guys after," Rome said from his home in Brandon yesterday. "Anaheim's a pretty classy organization. They treated us as if we were part of the team."

Chance to see

That means he'll get the Cup for a day, too.

"I think I'm going to take it where I played minor hockey in Souris," Rome said. "I'm going to let people that helped me along the way have a chance to see it."

Because he didn't suit up in the final, Rome won't get his name engraved on the thing.

So he's still got something to shoot for in the seasons to come.


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