Icing on the cake

SCOTT UNGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:07 AM ET

The record in the past, Winnipeg Blue Bombers slotback Milt Stegall continues to see the accolades pour in, this time from the CFL office.

Stegall was named the CFL's offensive player of the week yesterday for his two touchdown, 140-yard receiving performance in Winnipeg's 38-16 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

The pair of majors gave Stegall 139 career touchdowns, breaking George Reed and Mike Pringle's previous CFL record of 137.

"It's a good thing, but like coach (Doug) Berry said, 'Every time we win one of these awards it's because of everybody else,'" Stegall said. "It's not just because of me."

"They gave it to me individually, but it was a team effort."

LIFE HASN'T CHANGED

The record, the win and now the player of the week award have combined to give Stegall one of his best weeks as a Bomber.

"The record was special regardless," the touchdown king said. "All these things that came along with it, scoring another touchdown, have a good game, winning the game, being offensive player of the week, it puts some more icing on the cake, some cherry, whip cream, whatever you want to put on it."

Now that he's had a few days to think about the record, Stegall says his life really hasn't changed, other than becoming even more popular in River City, if that's possible.

"I'm signing a lot of autographs," he said after another lengthy signing session following practice. "Besides that, nothing is different. I've always gotten a lot of attention going to the grocery store and doing those things. People just want to stop and talk a little more now, which is understandable. I don't mind doing it at all. People recognize me a little bit more.

"I like that I broke the record, but what I'm trying to do this year hasn't been achieved yet. When that's achieved I might go out a do something a little crazy then."

Like maybe breaking out of his health-nut shell and eating some of that cake which has so much whip cream on.

ONE-SIDED WORDS: Some of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' (0-5) staff are doing their best to build this week'sgame with the Bombers (3-1-1) into a war of words, but the Bombers aren't taking the bait.

Earlier this week, Ticats president Scott Mitchell guaranteed a Hamilton victory, but Stegall said yesterday the front office staff should leave the talking to those that step on the field.

"He's never stepped on the field. He's never going to step on the field," Stegall said. "It doesn't matter what he said. We just have to go out and execute our game plan and we'll be OK."

Not that we're out to correct perhaps the greatest receiver in CFL history, but Mitchell has stepped on the field although not in the CFL.

Mitchell was drafted by the Bombers in the 1994 Canadian College Draft from the University of Toronto Blues, but a neck injury ended this career the following season with the U of T.

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CFL WEEK 6 PICKS

TONIGHT

Toronto at Montreal, 6:30 p.m., TSN

Bender: Calamity Clemons' woes continue as the Birds are now spreading their wings. Als.

Friesen: Don't usually like teams to win both ends of back-to-back games, but I sense some unrest in Argo-land. Montreal.

Penton: This is one home-and-home that will be swept. Alouettes.

Wyman's coin flip: Alouettes.

Saskatchewan at B.C., 9:30 p.m., TSN

Bender: Wily Wally will lose soon, possibly even to Stone Cold Kent Austin's rampaging Riders. But until the streak is snapped, we have to keep picking B.C. Leos.

Friesen: Apparently it's Jarious Jackson's turn to take B.C. to a win. You get the feeling it could be Michael Jackson and the result wouldn't change. Lions.

Penton: The Leos looked like they weren't missing a beat with Jarious Jackson at the controls. Lions.

Wyman's coin flip: Lions.

TOMORROW

Winnipeg at Hamilton, 6:30 p.m., TSN

Bender: Charlie Toughie's charged up for the Big Blue Berry's evil-doers. This will be closer than you think but we still believe the Bombers are the better team. Winnipeg.

Friesen: Taaffe's ticked off at Berry, and all of Hamilton is apparently ticked off at all of the Bombers. Big whup. Winnipeg.

Penton: The Bombers have trouble, at least one time per season, with the Tabbies. The trend will continue. Tiger-Cats.

Wyman's coin flip: Bombers.

SATURDAY

Calgary at Edmonton, CBC

Bender: Gee, is it Labour Day already? The Battle of Alberta is starting early and the Cowtowners looked a lot better in defeat than Much-choka's charges. Stamps.

Friesen: The Eskies are reeling and the Stamps will smell blood. Calgary.

Penton: The Stamps couldn't beat the Winnipeg Rifles on the road. Eskimos.


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