TORONTO -- The James S. Dixon Trophy, awarded to the CFL's East Division champs, sat on a counter in the jubilant Winnipeg Blue Bombers locker-room yesterday afternoon.
On the other side of the room, Bombers middle linebacker Barrin Simpson warned that his team shouldn't get too excited about the James S. Dixon Trophy.
Simpson won Dixon's cousin, the West Division's N.J. Taylor Trophy, three years ago with the B.C. Lions. His Grey Cup, however, ended in a loss.
"The one thing that I learned from 2004 is ... you can't over-celebrate," Simpson said. "We had an emotional win against Saskatchewan in 2004 in the Western Division final. It was an instant classic game, very emotional. You can't over-celebrate.
"The way we celebrated took a little bit out of us, and that's one thing that I would relay to the guys: Hey, the celebration of this game ends when we go home. When we fly back out here, it's over. It's over."
The Bombers flew back to Winnipeg last night and will return to Toronto tomorrow.
SICK BAY UPDATE: Winnipeg's Kyle Koch, a rookie out of Kenora, started at right guard yesterday in favour of Andrew Greene, who is suffering from an intestinal problem.
He helped pave the way for running back Charles Roberts, who had 105 yards on 25 carries.
Meanwhile, Bombers cornerback Juran Bolden, who played despite a tender back, tweaked a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter but said he'd be ready to go for the Grey Cup.