Bombers hit crucial stage

TROY WESTWOOD

, Last Updated: 5:04 PM ET

The next three weeks are crucial for the Blue Bombers.

If the team plays well in all three phases of the game, the Bombers will have a decent chance of clawing their way back to .500 before Labour Day.

The next three games are against Eastern division rivals and these are going to be huge games. Even with the rough start, the next three weeks may well end up defining the 2008 regular season.

So, congratulations boys. It was a good, tough, scrappy win. You shook the gorilla off your backs and can climb back into contention.

Now it's time to march into the Centre of the Universe, where wins have been tough to come by, and steal one.

INSPIRING STORY: It sure made me smile to see Obby "Genghis" Khan back on the field on game day.

What he had to endure just to put him in a position to have a chance to play the game again is truly remarkable.

What he has accomplished is a testament to his inner strength and discipline.

The man was playing professional football on July 24, 2008, in what I think is the most physically demanding, and brutal position on the team, on the O-line, after having his large intestine freakin' removed on Feb. 16, 2008.

That may have been the "easiest" operation performed on him in the last year or so.

He would tell us the stories as each operation passed, show us the scars -- it was crazy what the guy went through. I saw him at the gym sometime in the early spring. I was taken aback when I saw him. That is as polite as I could put it. I have to tell you the truth. When I saw Obby, he scared me. He is a big strong man, who works out like a dog. Just a big dude.

The day I saw him at the gym, I didn't immediately recognize him. Out of the corner of my eye, there was a tall skinny guy walking towards me. He weighed around 215, maybe 220 pounds.

This is a guy who plays at just a shade under three bills.

That day, I hoped he would be able to again, one day, play professional football.

But it seemed like a lofty, distant dream.

Mr. Khan, thank you for your inspiration, dedication, and leadership.

What you have accomplished is so much more far-reaching than football. You have, and will continue to make an immeasurable positive impact on the lives of so many who suffer with the brutal, not very well known, and not often talked about disease of colitis. To you mighty Genghis, I give big time kudos.

CHARLIE'S CHALLENGE: Pretty simple to explain why up to this point the numbers of Charlie Roberts have been a little lower than previous years of his tremendous career. Having one raw rookie on an O-line is challenging for the unit as a whole.

When both your guards are rookies, and your centre, although a well established O-lineman, has never played the position before, there is flat out no way in hell the O-line as a unit will be as effective in its run blocking as would a unit with well-established veterans playing positions they are familiar with.


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