Now that's what you call a losing streak

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:15 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- Think 0-3 is bad?

Try talking to rookie Bombers receiver Aaron Hargreaves about losing streaks. No, seriously, try talking to him about it, because it's a topic he's not too keen to chat about.

Winnipeg's second-round draft pick this year, who played his college ball out here at Burnaby's Simon Fraser University, hasn't won a regular-season football game since Oct. 23, 2004.

Hargreaves' personal losing streak is 28 games and counting. Simon Fraser lost its last game in 2004, and was 0-8 in 2005, 2006 and 2007. The Bombers are 0-3 this year.

Despite that staggering number of consecutive setbacks, Hargreaves swears he's not obsessing about it.

"Just like SFU, everything in the past is in the past, right?" he said. "So we're just moving forward, looking forward to the next game."

Hargreaves hails from Ladner, B.C., located just south of Vancouver, and he expects to have approximately 30 family members and friends at B.C. Place tonight.

TALKING IT OUT: Bombers tailback Charles Roberts had a three-hour meeting with head coach Doug Berry earlier this week, and he came away from it feeling good.

"It was productive," Roberts said. "We'll see (tonight) when we hit the field. I am (hopeful)."

Roberts has an un-Blink-like 110 yards in three games. That has led to theories that the young interior players on the offensive line are hurting the run game. That's not the case, according to Roberts.

"It has nothing to do with the offensive line's lack of experience or my running ability," he said. "We were just doing things the hard way. We're going to try to simplify them, and hopefully it works."

ALL FOR ONE: The talk about people losing their jobs has already started on Maroons Road, but left tackle Alexandre Gauthier believes the players are handling the losing streak properly.

"We can't start fighting in practice and start walking around with our heads down," he said. "Everybody's stayed positive, because we know we still believe in us, even if other people maybe think we're dead in the water and we won't be able to win in the next 15 games. I'm sure it's not going to be like that.

"Everybody still has good confidence in the team, and everybody trusts their teammates, so that's great. We've stuck together."

RETURN OF MILT? Berry admitted yesterday that slotback Milt Stegall has had two setbacks during his recovery from knee surgery on May 2.

"We're hoping that this latest one is his last one and that he hopefully will be ready for next week (against) Calgary," Berry said.

SHERIDAN UPDATE: Left guard Matt Sheridan was put on the nine-game injured list Thursday, but he could be back before those nine games are up.

Berry doesn't think Sheridan's shoulder injury is serious, and it sounds as if the team had grown weary of how long it was taking him to recover from an earlier groin injury.

"Dealing with Matt in the past, (GM) Brendan (Taman) felt it would be just best if we, instead of taking it on a week-to-week basis and continually carrying his salary under the cap, which is now an issue, that it would be best served to nine-game him and see how long the injury really goes."

The Bombers can take two people off the nine-game injured list early -- one in the first half and one in the second half.

LATE HITS: Winnipeg is making one roster change, and it has nothing to do with last week's dismal performance. Willie Amos will step in for Robert Bean (hand) at cornerback ... The Bombers have split their last six home-and-home series. In none of those last half dozen, however, did they lose the first game at home ... The last time Winnipeg lost four games in a row was in Berry's rookie year of 2006. Quarterback Kevin Glenn got hurt in the first game of the skid, missed the second and and third, and lost the fourth ... The Lions will be without running back Joe Smith (shoulder) and quite possibly receiver Clarence Coleman (calf), who had two touchdown catches last week against the Bombers. Rufus Skillern will make his CFL debut if Coleman can't go.


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