Blue interested in helmet-speaker experiment

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:40 AM ET

Speak into the left ear ...

The CFL has started to experiment with using speakers in helmets so coaches can relay instructions to their quarterbacks during games instead of sending signals that could be intercepted. But the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have yet to try them.

"I would be interested in experimenting with it," Bomber offensive co-ordinator Kit Cartwright said yesterday. "There was a flyer that came to the office about it and I saw on TSN that Edmonton had done something with it. (But) it hasn't been a point of discussion here.

"It must be good because the NFL has gone to that. I think it would be good for the co-ordinator to give a little bit of input ... There has to be some redeeming value to it because you could talk about setting up the play, then call the play for him. But it might be costly."

Quarterback Kevin Glenn would also like to give it a go.

"I think it would help," he said. "But I've never used it so, I don't actually know.

"But I can pretty much understand what it is. It'll help get the plays in faster and give you a chance, as a quarterback, to spend more time looking over the defence than actually reading the play off the wrist band."

HOT TICKET: The Bombers have exceeded the 19,000 mark in season ticket sales, surpassing the mark reached in 2006 when Winnipeg played host to the Grey Cup. The total is now 19,023 and will still be available right up until 5 p.m. today, just two hours before the Bombers play host to the Montreal Alouettes in the final pre-season game for both.

"This figure shows the support and excitement for the football club heading into 2008," Bomber president/CEO Lyle Bauer said in a statement.

Winnipeg's regular season home-opener is next Friday when the Bombers take on the Toronto Argonauts.

TYRONE GOODBYE: The Bombers, who will pay tribute tonight to former Winnipeg linebacker Tyrone Jones, who died of cancer last week. And there will also be a memorial service for Jones, with his three surviving sons attending, at Canad Inns Polo Park on Saturday at 7 p.m.

DECISIONS, DECISIONS: Because the squad is now employing an import placekicker, the Bombers are resigned to starting a Canadian in the secondary.

"I don't know who and I don't know where," said Bomber head coach Doug Berry, who could start a Canuck at either safety or cornerback.

That decision will likely be based on how the five Canadian DBs perform against Montreal tonight.

BACK IN TOWN: While Montreal head coach Marc Trestman may be new to the CFL, this is not his first trip to Winnipeg as he was here for a CFL clinic last year.

GO GREEN: Bomber head coach Doug Berry, who hails from New England, is an unabashed Boston Celtics fan and was still relishing their NBA victory yesterday.

"I am from New England and that's one Green I can admire," he said.

Uh, that would be as opposed to Saskatchewan Green.


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