Goodspeed looking for Cup ring to go with Bowl ring

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:37 AM ET

He may the Eastern nominee for top offensive lineman this season, but Winnipeg's Dan Goodspeed will play in his first CFL playoff game tomorrow afternoon.

The veteran Blue Bombers offensive tackle missed last year's Eastern semifinal because he was recovering from knee surgery.

"Being laid up, watching the team go to Toronto to play was tough," Goodspeed said yesterday. "That whole season was tough but I'm excited for it, especially getting to play at home. Another game for the fans who will hopefully come out. And yeah, I'm excited to go."

Goodspeed has the rare opportunity of adding a CFL ring to the Super Bowl bauble he already has.

"That's the plan," said the ex-NFLer, who won a Super Bowl with Tampa Bay. "I would love to put a Grey Cup ring next to the Super Bowl ring ... And I want to get this guy (guard Andrew Greene) one before he goes out (retires), too. But you can't get too far ahead of yourself. Montreal's on the table and if they beat us, we don't get that (championship)."

Winnipeg plays host to the Alouettes in this year's Eastern semifinal because the Bombers dropped out of top spot in the last two weeks.

"Everybody says we didn't get the bye week but I'm up here to play football so let's play all three of them."

If the Bombers win tomorrow, they'll make more money than if they'd gotten a bye to the final, then lost. Each player gets $3,100 for participating in the semifinal, with the winner adding $3,300 for advancing to the final for a total of $6,400. Getting a bye into the final, then losing, would have been worth $3,300.

The Grey Cup winners get $15,000 each with the losers settling for $7,500 each.

Goodspeed takes no stock in the fact the Bombers have beaten Montreal in all three encounters thus far.

"I had a coach tell me once that if what you did yesterday is as good today, then you ain't done (crap) today," he said. "So that's in the past. That's not going to help me or help us."

BRACE OK: Before last week's game, Als head coach/GM Jim Popp suggested that Kevin Glenn's struggles started when the Bomber quarterback was forced to wear a second kne ebrace earlier this season.

"Everybody has their opinion on what bothers Kevin Glenn, and if that's his opinion, that's his opinion, you've got to respect it," Glenn said. "But I'm the only one who knows what goes on with Kevin Glenn and the brace doesn't bother me."

BITTER EX: Als safety Shawn Gallant admitted he plays with a chip on his shoulder every time he faces the Bombers, who didn't try to re-sign him last winter.

"Playing Winnipeg ... There would be no greater feeling than to beat them and move on," Gallant, who tied for the league lead in specials teams tackles last season, told the Montreal Gazette.

HASHMARKS: Although CB Juran Bolden, who has been bothered by a bad back, took some turns with the No. 1 defence, his status for the game will be decided today. Bomber head coach Doug Berry did say he was leaning towards starting him ... The Bombers had sold 19,319 ducats to tomorrow's semifinal as of 4:30 p.m. yesterday.


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