Bombers won't take Tabbies for granted

Bombers quarterback Kevin Glenn during practice this week at Canad Inns Stadium. 'They play hard,'...

Bombers quarterback Kevin Glenn during practice this week at Canad Inns Stadium. 'They play hard,' he says of Ticats. (Jason Halstead, Sun Media)

KEN WIEBE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

Toothless Tabbies?

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers think not.

In fact, members of the Blue and Gold were virtually guaranteeing they won't be taking the winless (0-4) Hamilton Tiger-Cats for granted when the two squads meet tonight at Canad Inn Stadium (7 p.m., CJOB, TSN, blackout may be in effect).

"You try not to treat teams differently," said Blue Bombers quarterback Kevin Glenn. "You don't want to be up for one team and not up for the other team. We want to get as many points as we can and if our defence keeps playing the way they've been playing, we'll be all right."

Asked about what he's picked up from studying game tape of the Tiger-Cats, Glenn was quite complimentary.

"They play hard," said Glenn. "If you watch film and didn't pay attention to the score, you wouldn't think that they were 0-4 and that's very big. They've been in the games they've been in and have made it a fight until the fourth quarter."

Blue Bombers slotback Milt Stegall said his team won't underestimate their opponent.

"How can we say we're that much better, we have two wins," said Stegall, referring to the Blue Bombers 2-1-1 record. "We're not in any position to be saying we can take this team lightly or that they're wounded or anything like that. We have to come and take care of our business like this is the best team in the CFL.

"You have to approach every game like that. We can't disregard the fact that this is a talented team, they just haven't gelled together yet. Hopefully, we don't give them a chance to gel together (tonight)."

When reminded the struggling Tiger-Cats squads have given the Blue Bombers some trouble in the past, Stegall used his selective memory.

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"Really, I don't remember that. I don't know if I've played too many games or taken too many shots to the head," said Stegall. "I don't think anybody is thinking about that. We're just concerned with getting our third victory. We're not worried about last year or previous years or what's going to happen next week."

Much has been made about Winnipeg's slow starts to date and Stegall said jumping out early becomes even more important when you're facing a team searching for its first victory.

"Our defence has been solid and our special teams have been solid, offensively we have to find a way to get off on the right foot," he said. "It can become a mental thing and as mentally strong as you may be, if you've lost four in a row and a team gets up on you early, you might start thinking 'here we go again.'

"It would be nice to maybe get that cushion and hopefully continue on with it."

Head coach Doug Berry said he mentioned not taking the Tiger-Cats lightly earlier in the week but didn't think he needed to beat his team over the head with it on a daily basis.

"Everybody is aware of it and knows what needs to be done -- it doesn't take a talk to remind those guys," said Berry, noting he is impressed by the Tiger-Cats running game and defensive unit. "Records have nothing to do with anything. Week to week, teams have to be up to play the game."

"You've got to kick them when they're down and that's what we're going to try to do," added Blue Bombers defensive tackle Jerome Haywood.


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