The 'M&M Brothers' are back.
Anthony Malbrough and Kelly Malveaux will once again be patrolling the inside of the Winnipeg secondary tomorrow.
It will be the first time the two will play inside halfback together since the ill-fated CFL Eastern semifinal playoff loss to Toronto last year. And guess who's coming to town to take on the Blue Bombers this Friday?
Just in case you have forgotten, Argo receiver Arland Bruce III scored a 77-yard touchdown after snagging a pass from quarterback Michael Bishop, bouncing off both Malbrough and Malveaux like a pinball, then racing to the endzone.
"Yeah, it was a strange play but guys make plays," Malbrough recalled yesterday. "Plays like that happen. You go back and look at Milt's (Stegall) 100-yard touchdown (to beat Edmonton on the last play of the game last year). This is the CFL, big plays happen.
"Kelly was thinking one thing and I was thinking another thing and at the end, it just happened with him running between us. I didn't wrap up and Kelly didn't wrap so, it was kind of like a 'Boom.' I hit him into Kelly and Kelly hit him back into me and he stayed up and we fell."
Malveaux is still trying to forget that key play in Winnipeg's loss.
"That was one of them fluke things," said the 5-foot-10, 189-pound import.
"I mean, Arland's a great ball player and he's proved over the last few years that he's going to make plays and that was just one of those flukey type of plays that he made on us. I had kind of forgotten about it but, at the same time, you definitely need to key yourself up when you're playing against a guy like Arland because he can go deep on you at any time."
Yet, Malbrough denied having nightmares about the TD that essentially kept the Bombers out of the East Final.
"Not at all," he said. "This is my eighth year as a pro. I haven't gotten to this point by worrying about a game almost (10) months ago ... So many things happen in your life between now and then that it's not a big deal."
The 5-foot-9, 186-pound import was switched to cornerback to start this season but then missed the last five games with a hamstring problem. Now, he has returned to the inside.
"It's a harder position to play inside," said Bomber head coach Doug Berry.
"There are a lot more techniques that are involved and he's very capable of doing those so that's why he's being moved around a little bit. He's very comfortable playing the inside."
Malveaux welcomed him back to the roughest part of the secondary.
"We're back in the pack and hopefully, we don't disappoint anybody," he said. "I feel confident with him and (Davin) Bush over there (corner), and just having the secondary back into a place where we once thought it was going to be at the beginning of camp."
Never mind that flukey play.
"The most important thing is coming out and playing good (tomorrow) and staying in first place because we feel like we've got big things ahead of us," Malbrough said.