Like a greased pigskin

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:09 AM ET

TORONTO -- They boast three of the top six receivers in the CFL but the Blue Bombers must have sent imposters to the Rogers Centre.

Like, who were those guys? Terrence Edwards, Milt Stegall and Derick Armstrong were all guilty of dropping at least one catchable pass each as they handled the ball like a greased pig. All told, they bumbled away at least six passes as Winnipeg fumbled away a 16-8 loss to the Argos.

But that was uncharacteristic for guys who have been known to make circus catches to keep drives alive.

"Totally," affirmed Bomber head coach Doug Berry. "I thought initially we were maybe overthrowing a little bit but even when we hit the receivers, it was just so surprising to see that we had so many drops. When you're overthrowing and when you're not catching every ball, it's very, very tough to get things going and create any type of continuity on the offensive side of the ball.

"Some of that, you give credit to the defence because they (Argos) have a defence. But certainly, we are held responsible for some of that as well."

Bomber receiver Terrence Edwards took full responsibility for his part.

"It is very frustrating, especially speaking for myself, I didn't play my best game," said Edwards, who dropped two passes. "I haven't played that bad in a long time ... It was just one of those days. It was one of those days where the whole receiving corps just didn't play well, didn't play well at all.

"But it's over with and we've got to get back to work and prepare for Montreal."

Although the drops completely marred Kevin Glenn's stats, he was not complaining.

"Things happen," he said. "This is a team sport so, we don't blame one person. We win as a team and lose as a team. It was a team effort."

ANOTHER BOBBLE: Bomber kick returner Keith Stokes was kicking himself for fumbling the ball away on a punt return, too.

"That kind of hurt and they scored off of that, too," he lamented. "It's all part of the game. I didn't want to have it happen on my first one back. Otherwise, I thought I was doing pretty well. But c'est la vie ... I did all right except for the fumble. But it don't matter now. It's over with."

Stokes returned nine punts for 107 yards and three kickoffs for 89.

"Except for that (fumble), he had a nice day for returns," Berry said.

PUNCHING BANDIT: Toronto defensive lineman Adriano (Kissing Bandit) Belli was ejected for punching Bomber centre Obby Khan in the groin.

"He's actually the Punching Bandit now because he punched me in the nuts," Khan said. "It's just trench warfare. We were going back and forth during the game. That happens when you've got a (noseguard) and the centre. We did have some battles and things got heated. I took him down one play, he didn't like it and he punched me in the nuts. But I don't take offence to it, it's just trench warfare."

HASHMARKS: The Argos introduced their all-time team in a half-time ceremony. However, QB Doug Flutie, who gave the current squad a rah-rah speech the day before, had to return home before the match due to job commitments ... Berry was getting animated toward the officials during the third quarter because he thought Toronto had replaced Belli, a Canadian, with a designated import. But it was finally explained to him that the Argos had not done so ... RB Fred Reid, who replaced the injured Charles Roberts, rushed for 57 yards on 13 carries.


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