Little bundle of Blue

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:26 AM ET

No matter where the Winnipeg Blue Bombers spread out across North America or what they do for the next six days, Kelly Malveaux is sure to win the award for "Best Bye Week."

"Hopefully I'll have a kid by the end of the bye week," Malveaux said yesterday.

Malveaux's wife is scheduled to give birth to their second child, a daughter, on Sunday. The Bombers defensive back, however, is hoping little Brooklyn Amara arrives sooner than expected.

"I want to have it early in the week so I can try to get adjusted and see what it's going to be like having two kids in the house, running around and acting crazy," he said.

When it was pointed out that Brooklyn is unlikely to be "running around" in her first week, Malveaux said, "No, no, but she'll still be causing havoc in her own way."

So Malveaux has extra reason to be happy going into the bye week, but his teammates are just as giddy following a 22-21 triumph over the host B.C. Lions last Friday night.

The Bombers are 4-2-1 and will still be in first place in the East Division -- one point up on Montreal -- when they report back to work on Sunday because all four teams in the loop get this week off.

The players should be thanking their lucky stars they get to enjoy their bye week coming off a win, because it hasn't happened much around here. Before Friday, Winnipeg had lost seven consecutive games before its bye week, although one of those setbacks was its last game of the season in 2005.

REST AND RELAXATION

The last time the Bombers won before a week-long vacation was more than four years ago, on Aug. 2, 2003, when they beat Hamilton 37-20 in Steeltown.

That will make the rest and relaxation that much sweeter for the boys in Blue and Gold, no matter where they end up.

Players heading home include Milt Stegall (Atlanta), Kevin Glenn (Detroit), Terrence Edwards (Sandersville, Ga.), Arjei Franklin (Windsor, Ont.), Dan Goodspeed (Tampa), Chris Brazzell (Dallas) and Albert Johnson III (Houston).

Goodspeed is going home to see his wife Amy, his dog and to sleep in his own bed -- in that order.

"Two years ago I got in trouble for wording it incorrectly," Goodspeed said.

In 2005, he told the Sun what he missed about home. The order at that time was: bed, wife, dog.

Hey, he's learning.

Some of the players sticking around Manitoba include Tom Canada, Barrin Simpson, Andrew Greene, Charles Roberts, O'Neil Wilson and Gilles Lezi.

Canada is going kayaking in the Whiteshell, Simpson might head to Grand Forks, N.D., and Greene plans to hang with his six-year-old son Rashad.

"I'll try and take him some different places, see what's going on," Greene said. "Check out Folklorama."

Wilson has one goal in mind.

"I hear a lot about this Grand Beach," he said. "That's my main focus. I gotta get there and see what it's all about."

And finally, head coach Doug Berry plans to actually take some time off.

"I'm going to force myself to get a weekend, maybe Tuesday or Wednesday," Berry said.

Then, he said, it's right back to preparing for the Toronto Argonauts on Friday, Aug. 24, at Canad Inns Stadium.


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