Eye of the tiger

Bombers coach Doug Berry says the team should not be happy with just making the playoffs. (Sun...

Bombers coach Doug Berry says the team should not be happy with just making the playoffs. (Sun Media File/Jesse Johnston)

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:14 AM ET

It's the eye of the tiger

It's the thrill of the fight,

Rising up to the challenge of our rival.

Doug Berry will have no need to fire up his troops with a Knute Rockne speech tonight.

The Winnipeg head coach just needs to pipe in the above Survivor song before the Blue Bombers hit the field to face the Calgary Stampeders in CFL action at Canad Inns Stadium (7 p.m.).

"I'd just like to see us get the eye of the tiger for the last three games," Berry said yesterday. "I like to think we can be a little bit more competitive when we play them this time."

The Stamps stomped Winnipeg 38-25 in Calgary last Sunday and the Bombers are seeking redemption as they head into the last three games of the regular season.

"We got whupped in all phases of defence, no ifs ands and buts about it," said Bombers linebacker Ike Charlton. "But this week, it won't happen. We will be more prepared. We will be ready. We're at home. Our mindset is that we're going to win. I'm not guaranteeing a win but we're prepared to win.

"I feel we're going to win, we've just got to go out and execute. If we don't execute, we're going to look like we looked last week ... But if we make plays as a whole and as a collective, cohesive unit, there's no stopping the Winnipeg Blue Bombers."

Although the Bombers have lost two straight and three of their last four, they remain in top spot in the CFL East with an 8-6-1 record, but just one slim point ahead of Toronto.

"There's a reason we're in first place," Charlton said. "We had a couple of losses here and there but the reason we're in first place is because we work hard ... We've had a couple of slides in the last part of the season but it's a long season.

"We've accomplished one goal, which is to make the playoffs. That's not our ultimate goal. But we've got one goal out the way so we can breathe. But we can't relax because we want that first-round bye and it starts (tonight) with Calgary. They whupped up on us last week so, we've got to go out and show them as a man, you've got to know that we're going to step up and get it done."

A victory would ensure first place, no matter what the Argos do tomorrow, heading into next weekend.

"We know what we've got ahead of us," said Bomber defensive end Gavin Walls. "We're still in first place and we want to keep building from that. We've just been going through a little slump the last couple of weeks but we want to come back and rebound, and finish strong. That's what it's all about -- finishing."

But they do owe the Stamps for last week's embarrassment.

"We're looking for a lot of redemption, a lot of revenge," said Bombers cornerback Robert Bean.

The Bombers play the Argos in Toronto next week, then finish the season against Montreal at home.

"We look at it as we're in control of our own destiny," said Winnipeg quarterback Kevin Glenn. "If we take care of business, we won't need any help from anybody else. Then, we can still win the East. It's not time to panic. We just have to go out and play good football."

But their rival should have a strong say in the outcome.

"We're playing at the best level we can possibly be at right now," Calgary head coach Tom Higgins told the Calgary Herald. "We'll get to the level we need to play, in order to win our first playoff game."

And the last known survivor

Stalks his prey at night

And he's watching us all with the eye of the tiger.


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