Playing the waiting game

The Blue Bombers hope to turn their fortunes around with a win over the Alouettes tonight. (SUN...

The Blue Bombers hope to turn their fortunes around with a win over the Alouettes tonight. (SUN MEDIA FILE/Jason Halstead)

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 3:07 PM ET

Hurry up and win, then wait.

That's the battle plan for the Blue Bombers when the Montreal Alouettes invade Winnipeg in their last game of the regular season today (7 p.m.).

To finish first in the CFL East, the Bombers need to beat the Als, then pray that the Roughriders defeat the Toronto Argonauts in Saskatchewan tomorrow.

"It's out of our control so, we can't do anything about it other than playing our best football we can and take care of what we can control and that's to do what we can to win the Montreal game," Winnipeg head coach Doug Berry said yesterday. "After that, we're spectators."

CURSE

Spectators who will be conjuring up a curse on the Argos.

The Bombers lost control of their own destiny when they choked in Toronto last week, losing 16-8.

"We haven't played very well, especially last game," said Bomber centre Obby Khan. "We've gotta get some momentum going, and if we get the momentum going, we'll win the game. Plain and simple. And then, whether we finish first or second, it doesn't matter. We've gotta win, and we've gotta play with some momentum, get some confidence going into the playoffs."

The Bombers are guaranteed to host a playoff game, but whether it is the East semifinal or final, depends on the weekend's outcomes.

"We can't control the playoffs, all we can control is how we play," said slotback Terrence Edwards, one of 10 Bombers named to the Eastern all-star squad. "The last time we played left a bad taste in our mouths. We didn't play as well as we're capable. We're trying to use this game here just to perform better and after that, just let the chips fall where they may."

Winnipeg heads into the match in second spot with a 9-7-1 record while Toronto is just one point ahead at 10-7. Losing tonight's contest at home would actually be a devastating blow to the Bombers heading into the post-season.

"They got off to a great start and have struggled coming down the stretch," said Montreal slotback Ben Cahoon. "We, who have played in Montreal for a few years, we know what that's all about, and it's difficult to turn the boat around, frankly, very quickly. So they need a victory, obviously, for a lot of reasons, but so do we."

Win or lose, the Bombers might still host the semifinal, with the winner heading to Toronto.

"That's kind of neat if you can get the bye the first week," said Bomber offensive tackle Alexandre Gauthier who, like Edwards, was named to the all-star squad for the first time. "If not, it's just one more game to play and that's not a bad thing. It would just make the road to the Grey Cup a little longer. But that's not a big deal for me."

The Bombers, who are 6-2 at Canad Inns Stadium this year, hope to continue their dominance at home.

"We know we're going to be here for one playoff game," Gauthier said. "Who knows if it's going to be next week or in two weeks? But we just want to continue to have good games at home."

Montreal will finish third regardless of this weekend's outcomes so this is a nothing game for the Als.

"We came here to win the football game, so we want to be trying to fine-tune ourselves and try to be playing the best football as we can heading into the playoffs.," said Als head coach/GM Jim Popp. "As the game goes along, obviously we will monitor that and see if we need to pull some guys out ... But we also would like to win the football game."


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