Berry: Ticats capable

PAUL FRIESEN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:28 AM ET

Blue Bomber boss Doug Berry saw it here last year, and he sees it in Hamilton now.

Actually, it's something he doesn't see: belief.

And he knows how difficult it is to instill in a football team.

"I know exactly what Charlie Taaffe is talking about in terms of getting his team to believe in winning," Berry said of the Tiger-Cats first-year head coach. "It's a lot to do with attitudes, and until you surround yourself with a bunch of people who believe you can win, it's very difficult to convince them otherwise."

Berry says he faced a similar struggle when he took over the Bombers in 2006.

"The team had lost in 2004 and '05, and it was trying to identify who were the winners on this team. Who are we going to build this team around?"

Players like Milt Stegall, Charles Roberts and Doug Brown obviously fit the bill.

That's a core the 1-9 Ticats don't appear to have.

"They've still shown they can be a very capable team," Berry said. "It's just a matter of getting over the hump."

OLD LEFTY FEELING IT: Kicker Troy Westwood was looking forward to running into ex-teammate Greg Battle, who'll be inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame this weekend.

"One of the truly classy guys to ever come in this locker-room," is how Westwood described the linebacker. "Just a great guy, a great player. The same sort of class as a Milt Stegall."

And does seeing retired teammates go into the Hall remind the 40-year-old kicker he's getting up there?

"I'm as old as the wind," Westwood said.

BUNDLE OF JOY: Left tackle Alexandre Gauthier missed yesterday's practice after his wife gave birth to their first child.

The team had discussed the possibility of leaving Gauthier at home, should the baby have been born today or tomorrow.

The baby was a tad premature, but all appears well.

HOME -- AND LOVING IT: Staying at home this weekend will be newly signed linebacker David Hewson, but he's not complaining one bit.

Released by Toronto in training camp, the Winnipeg native and former U of M Bison was on Cloud 9 the moment his agent called to say the Bombers wanted him.

"Ridiculously excited," is how Hewson put it. "It's almost like a dream. Family, friends -- they're as thrilled, if not more, than I am."

Hewson was working for a security company, part-time, when the Bombers revived his football dream.


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