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HAMILTON -- Tom Canada knew it was going to be a good night after only the second play of the game.

On Hamilton's first snap from scrimmage, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive end sacked Ticats quarterback Casey Printers -- who was making his return to the CFL after two years in the NFL -- for a seven-yard loss.

Canada added one more sack before the end of the first half and then another in the third to take the league lead with 10 prior to last night's Toronto-B.C. game in Vancouver.

"It was just fun to play today," Canada said. "Casey Printers ... whatever.

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"All that hype, I don't think it really bothered us or affected us. We didn't care who was out there."

Printers said last week in a CBC interview that he wanted to be remembered as the best quarterback in history. After last night's performance, it appears he has a long way to go.

The Bombers sacked Printers a whopping six times and limited the Ticats offence to only 108 yards of total offence in the first half.

Printers, who was using only about 40% of the Hamilton playbook, completed just 17 of 28 attempts for 141 yards, and the offence generated only 223 yards of total offence.

"Our secondary did a real good job tonight," Canada said. "They had him locked down. You have to give a lot of credit to them. Gavin Walls was awesome."

Walls had a 30-yard fumble return for a touchdown and added four tackles.

"A lot of people don't respect our defence," Walls said, "but they will sooner or later."

STICKIN' UP FOR STODDARD: Bombers placekicker Troy Westwood attempted to get at Ticats cornerback Dwight Anderson after a field goal in the first half and had to be restrained by the officials.

"The last time we played him he blew Stoddard's knee out," Westwood said, "and then he was out there beaking off how he was going to do the same thing again.

"The guy's just an a------. That's all there is to it."

CALL TO THE HALL: The five inductees into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame were honoured at halftime last night.

Former Bombers linebacker Greg Battle, who was a member of Winnipeg's 1990 Grey Cup championship team, is a member of this year's class.

MOVIN' ON UP: Bombers slotback Milt Stegall moved past Darren Flutie -- another member of this year's Hall of Fame class -- and into second place on the CFL's all-time receiving yards list.

Stegall had two catches for 26 yards last night, which brought his career total to 14,373 yards.

Turtle Man needs 519 yards over Winnipeg's final seven games to pass Allen Pitts and become the CFL's all-time leader with 14,892.

MOVIN' ON UP, PART II: Bombers tailback Charles Roberts vaulted past Normie Kwong and into sixth spot on the CFL's all-time rushing list.

Roberts had 18 carries for 75 yards and now has 9,069 in his career. Up next on Blink's hit list is Kelvin Anderson, who is fifth with 9,340 yards.

LATE HITS: Cornerback Ian Logan became just the second member of the Bombers secondary to record an interception this season when he picked off Hamilton third-stringer Richie Williams late in the fourth quarter ... Defensive back Davin Bush suffered an undisclosed injury and is expected to miss next week's game in Toronto.


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