All in their heads?

PAUL FRIESEN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:36 AM ET

I think I've found the solution for what ails the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. And it doesn't involve firing or trading anybody.

We all agree the Bombers are better, based on talent, than their early-season performance. So the problem must be between the ears, right?

Then it's time to bring in a sports psychologist. A mental plumber, if you will, to help unclog all the confused brains in that locker-room. Get them flowing freely again.

Before you scoff and turn the page, check this out: the struggling B.C. Lions did just that before taking on the Bombers last week, and it helped them get their first win of the season.

Don't believe it? Just read what Lions boss Wally Buono told the Vancouver Sun about Dr. Frank Lodato, a noted psychologist who's worked with numerous pro sports teams and who the Lions flew into Winnipeg from Florida before last Friday's game.

"Frank, God bless him, has been a very big part of our success," Buono said. "Ask Geroy (Simon) how many times he's not had a big game when Frank's there."

Simon's head, to say nothing of his hands, was on straight enough to catch seven passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns against the Bombers.

B.C. quarterback Jarious Jackson (340 yards passing, five touchdowns) and linebacker Javier Glatt (six tackles, two interceptions, CFL's defensive player of the week) are among the players who've turned to Lodato.

COINCIDENCE?

Not according to Glatt, who says he always seems to have his best games after a session on the good doctor's couch.

"He's a great motivator," Glatt said. "I talked to him for about an hour before the game."

Seems to me motivation is exactly what the Bombers are lacking.

If I were coach Doug Berry, I'd find my own Doctor Phil and get Kevin Glenn, Charles Roberts and at least half that horrendous defence to see him, ASAP.

Couldn't hurt for the coach to book an appointment for himself, while he's at it.

HOLD THAT FLAG: Speaking of Berry, he might want to get a little more judicious about his use of the challenge flag.

Three times against the Lions he challenged plays that weren't reviewable, and he's lucky he wasn't penalized.

It sounds like Tom Higgins, the CFL's director of officiating, has seen enough. He's making noise about clamping down on the practice, pointing out that refs can hand out a delay-of-game penalty.

You may recall that's what happened to Berry in last year's Grey Cup, when he challenged the result of a Saskatchewan challenge.

Time to brush up on the rule book, coach. Or it could cost you 10 yards.

RICKY RULE CLOUDED BY HAZE: Remember when the CFL adopted the Ricky Rule, announcing it would no longer allow suspended NFL players to sign up here?

The move was a reaction to the Toronto Argos signing multiple drug offender Ricky Williams, who played in the CFL while serving a year-long NFL suspension.

While a smart move from a public image standpoint, the league still welcomes former NFLers with checkered pasts -- they just get in quietly, through the back door.

The latest example, Edmonton Eskimos slotback Kelly Campbell, a terrific receiver with less-than-terrific, off-field judgment.

Campbell reportedly failed a drug test at the NFL combine in 2003, then was charged with possession twice: while with the Minnesota Vikings in '05 and while a member of the Miami Dolphins a year ago.

The Dolphins cut him, but since he hasn't failed three NFL drug tests, he's not suspended.

Under those circumstances, you're still welcome in the CFL.

Seems a little hazy, doesn't it?


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