Blue offence sweeps

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:35 AM ET

HAMILTON -- The CFL announced its players of the month for July yesterday, and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers swept all three offensive honours.

Slotback Milt Stegall won the offensive player of the month award, while quarterback Kevin Glenn and running back Charles Roberts were the runners-up.

Stegall is the CFL's new Touchdown King and its top receiver, no full-time starter has a better efficiency rating than Glenn, and Roberts is loving life despite not having a 100-yard outing under his belt.

The last time Roberts went five consecutive contests without reaching the century mark was a six-game stretch in August and September 2005. And believe it or not, Blink is not concerned one bit.

'THEY WILL COME'

"They'll come in due time," Roberts said. "Maybe (tonight), maybe not, but they will come. It's kind of strange not to have rushed for 100 yards and still be second in rushing, and only out by like 20 or 30 yards.

"So I'm cool. I know, my team knows, everybody knows around the league that the 100 yards will come sooner or later."

Roberts trailed B.C.'s Joe Smith by 19 rushing yards going into this week's action.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats outside linebacker JoJuan Armour declared yesterday that Roberts will not get 100 yards tonight.

"I didn't hit 100 on them last week and we still won, so ... so what?" Roberts said with a smile.

THE SIMPSON SHOW: Bombers middle linebacker Barrin Simpson was named the CFL's defensive player of the month yesterday.

Simpson leads the league with 42 defensive tackles and also has a forced fumble, an interception and a sack.

TOUGH SLEDDING: The Bombers are 61/2-point favourites tonight, but history would suggest they're the underdogs.

Winnipeg has swept only two of its last 10 home-and-home series.

HERE KITTY, KITTY: Robbie, a 500-pound tiger from a nearby zoo who will make an appearance before tonight's game, checked out Ivor Wynne yesterday after the Ticats walk-through.

Several Hamilton players petted the enormous feline and had their pictures taken with him, but RB Jesse Lumsden's body language suggested he wasn't all that comfortable with the arrangement.

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