Superstitious Feeling

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As far as we can tell, no one in the Winnipeg Blue Bombers locker-room suffers from paraskavedekatriaphobia, more commonly known as the fear of Friday the 13th.

"I'm superstitious about a lot of stuff," defensive end Tom Canada says, "but I've never been superstitious about Friday the 13th."

The Bombers will take to the Canad Inns Stadium field this Friday, the 13th, against the Edmonton Eskimos. It will mark the sixth Friday the 13th contest in the franchise's 77-year history.

And by all accounts, not one member of the Blue and Gold will be at home in bed, too afraid to go outside, when the game kicks off.

However, if the Eskimos put Jason Voorhees on their defensive line and convince the CFL to move the game to Camp Crystal Lake, Bombers quarterback Kevin Glenn just might run for the hills.

"I just grew up watching the movies," Glenn says of the famous Friday the 13th slasher series. "That's just the day that you don't look forward to. Nah, it's more a movie thing.

"... It's just like 9/11. When somebody hears 9/11, you think about 9/11 because of what happened on that day. Friday the 13th is more so because of the movie. People think about it."

(Somebody should tell Glenn that the actor who played Jason Voorhees in the original, Ari Lehman, was 5-foot-9, spent only four days on the set and didn't see the movie until two years after it came out.)

Middle linebacker Barrin Simpson certainly noticed the Friday the 13th matchup when he first saw the schedule in the off-season.

"You always remember that from being a kid, like Nightmare on Elm Street, Freddy Krueger and Jason," Simpson says. "But no superstitions. As far as that goes this is another day.

"I'm always intense on game day, so I'm going to be crunk up any which way you go."

One Bomber who has no fear of playing on Friday the 13th is fullback Gilles Lezi. He was born on Feb. 13, 1980, but that day was a Wednesday.

"I'm not worried at all," Lezi says. "My birthday some years falls on Friday the 13th, so I consider 13 to be a lucky number."

Glenn, in fact, hopes this Friday the 13th will go down in CFL history as the day the CFL's touchdown record was broken. In case you haven't heard, slotback Milt Stegall needs one score to become the league's all-time leader.

"I hope we get it out of the way this week," Glenn said.

For the record, Stegall has six catches for 87 yards and one touchdown in two career games on Friday the 13th.


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