Blue beware 'Sin City'

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:55 AM ET

Corey Jenkins, Chijioke Onyenegecha, Cam Hall, Fred Reid ... beware.

All four will be among the rookie Blue Bombers making their first trips to Montreal tomorrow.

Be forewarned. The bustling city is a far cry from Hamilton or Edmonton.

Montreal is "internationally reputed to have the best nightlife in the world," brags the website, montrealvip.com.

The city that is renowned for its beautiful women also boasts hundreds of trendy restaurants and night clubs featuring jazz, blues, classic, R&B, rock, etc. Then there is the seedier side with such an abundance of strip clubs that the website calls it Sin Cite (not that upstanding CFL reporters would know anything about that).

'STAY AWAY FROM IT'

So, Montreal native Shawn Mayne had a piece of advice for those Winnipeg teammates about to see Sin City for the first time.

"Oh man, stay way from it," said the defensive end. "It's the city that never sleeps ... I mean, there's a whole bunch of things going on, especially downtown St. Catherine or St. Laurent."

Although the Bombers do not have a hard and fast curfew, they do have an 11 p.m. "quiet time" the night before the game. Club GM Brendan Taman was unconcerned about the players getting caught up in the bright lights, even if the world-famous Crescent Street is within walking distance of the team hotel.

"The players should be able to enjoy any city they're in," said Taman, adding that he had never heard of any Bombers acting up in Montreal.

There have been all sorts of rumblings about other CFL players getting caught up in the night life there -- although none have actually been verified.

"I've never been there but I've heard it is a real cool place," Jenkins said.

Not all players are lured to such a scene. Former NFL offensive lineman Dan Goodspeed, for example, has never bothered with it.

"To tell you the truth, I don't go out when we're there," he said. "I've heard about it but I just get some food, go back to the hotel and sleep. I guess I'm boring."

Goodspeed, however, did warn the new guys about Thursday's game against the Alouettes at Molson Stadium.

"They'll be surprised at the atmosphere there," he said. "Montreal's a tough place to play on the road because their fans get loud and get really into it. It makes it a hostile environment."

Onyenegecha was also more concerned with life on the field than off it.

"Everything in Canada is new to me," said the import defensive back. "This is my first year in Canada so I know nothing about Montreal. I know they've got a good team. I know I'll have to be on my toes and have a good week of practice."

Mayne, meanwhile, had other desires on his mind.

"I just can't wait to get back home and get a poutine," he said.

And no, he has not been to St. Boniface -- yet.


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