Bauman set to make debut in home province

KIRK PENTON and KEN WIEBE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:44 AM ET

Chris Bauman will make his CFL debut tonight in his home province, and his dad won't be there to see it.

Figuring that he would be a healthy scratch for the fifth straight game, Bauman got his dad to drive his car from his hometown of Brandon to Hamilton this week.

The only catch is Bauman was added to the Ticats roster and will start tonight against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

So his dad -- and his girlfriend, who accompanied Dave Bauman to Steeltown -- will have to watch the game on TV.

"It's too bad he couldn't come see it, but there's going to be more," the No. 1 overall pick in this year's CFL draft said. "It's a long season."

Bauman will still have 12 family members, some of his Vincent Massey High School coaches and numerous friends cheering him on tonight at Canad Inns Stadium.

BROKEN RECORD: Bombers slotback Milt Stegall merely chuckled when asked if it's been nice to not have much focus on him trying to break the CFL's all-time touchdown record this week.

"What record?" said Stegall.

Quarterback Kevin Glenn believes that once the record is broken, Stegall will go back to scoring majors in rapid fashion.

"That's the type of guy he is," said Glenn. "Two years ago, he had four in one game on four catches. That's unheard of. When he gets his, he can get them in bunches."

CH-CH-CHANGES: Bombers head coach Doug Berry announced yesterday that he'll be making three changes to his roster for tonight's game.

Defensive end Gavin Walls is returning to action after missing last week's game against the Montreal Alouettes and will replace defensive end Shawn Mayne, linebacker Brad Newman is in for defensive back Davin Bush and quarterback Kliff Kingsbury will dress as the third-string quarterback in place of Justin Holland.

Defensive back Sam Young is excited to face his former team but didn't want to stir the pot.

"I'm a backup right now, but when my time comes I'll be ready," said Young, who was actually listed as the starting right corner on the Bombers depth chart. "I knew that coming in we're in the same division (as Hamilton). I'll see enough of them."

SETTLE THE SCORE? Though they won't spend much, if any, time together on the field at the same time, Bombers defensive tackle Jerome Haywood will be looking to grab back some bragging rights from his good friend Zeke (And Destroy) Moreno, who is the Tiger-Cats starting middle linebacker.

The two were teammates in high school but chose different paths in college -- where Moreno got the upper hand.

"He went to USC and I went to San Diego State, so we played each other twice and they beat us both times," said Haywood. "That's all right though."

LATE HITS: The Bomber Store is selling orange flags with Tom Canada's signature and his No. 44 on it. Canada pulled a flag out of an official's pocket in a game three weeks ago because he thought Montreal's Paul Lambert should have received a penalty ... The Ticats have had at least 105 penalty yards in each of their four games ... As of 5 p.m. yesterday, 27,179 tickets had been sold for tonight's game ... Zac Taylor, a quarterback on the Bombers neg list, has been cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. GM Brendan Taman plans to give him a call in due time.


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