Date with destiny

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:41 AM ET

CALGARY -- Kevin Glenn watched plenty of Sesame Street growing up in Detroit, so he remembers Grover's lesson about near and far.

Eight days ago the Toronto Argonauts were far. They were five points back of Glenn's Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the race for first place in the East Division.

Today the Argos are near. They are one point back of the Blue and Gold and have won four in a row.

"When crunch time comes, they go out as winners," Glenn said of the Boatmen. "We want to display the same type of thing."

The Bombers (8-5-1) have a game in hand, and that contest goes today at McMahon Stadium against the Calgary Stampeders (3 p.m., CJOB/TSN). Destiny remains in Winnipeg's hands, but it has booked a ticket for Toronto.

BIG QUESTION

"We control our destiny, and we don't want to have to put it in anybody else's hands," Glenn said. "The destiny starts (this) afternoon."

The Bombers have lost two of their last three, while the Stampeders have dropped three in a row.

The big question going into today's tilt is whether or not Calgary quarterback Henry Burris will play. The gunslinger has missed the last two games with a dislocated left shoulder and will dress today, but whether he starts will be decided just before kickoff.

"We'd like Henry to start, and we'd like Henry to finish," head coach Tom Higgins said, "but we're going to make sure that it's right for us."

The belief in sunny Cowtown yesterday was that if Burris is healthy enough to dress, he's healthy enough to start.

"I'm not going to say I'm 100%, because I know I'm not, but I would say I'm close to that 90 percentile mark," Burris said. "So hopefully that's enough to show that I'm ready to go."

If Burris does start, don't expect to see him running as much as he usually does or taking other chances that might result in hard hits.

"I'm aware of that, and I'll try to refrain from that," Burris said, "but of course with my playing style it'll be tough."

Bombers middle linebacker Barrin Simpson doesn't care if he's facing Burris or backup Ben Sankey, who played well on Monday against Saskatchewan in relief of since-released Akili Smith.

"It doesn't really matter," Simpson said. "Hank, when healthy, makes them better. If he's not healthy and he plays, then I don't know if he will make them better ...

"But it doesn't really matter. We want to win. I don't care who they line up at quarterback, running back, receiver. It don't matter. We want two points!"

BREATHING ROOM

The Stamps (6-7-1) are five points back of second-place Saskatchewan and two points clear of fourth-place Edmonton, which lost to B.C. yesterday, in the West Division, so a victory today would provide some much-needed breathing room in the playoff race.

Having Burris back on the field would go a long way in getting that cushion, according to Calgary left tackle Garrick Jones.

"It'll be a big spark," Jones said. "He's going to bring a huge presence to the game, and that's what you need, especially when you want to get back to your winning ways."

Added slotback Jeremaine Copeland: "I really think that he's going to get us back to where we need to be."


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