Bombers' outlook bright

PAUL FRIESEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:44 AM ET

Some guy showed up in the Sun sports department yesterday, pretending to be columnist Paul Friesen.

We know it was somebody else, because he wanted to write something positive about the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Friesen wouldn't do that unless the Bombers went 18-0, for crying out loud. Even then, it might be a stretch.

So just for something different, here's the imposter's column.

Rest assured, though, we're trying to find out what happened to the real Paul Friesen.

So you thought Friday's win in Hamilton was butt-ugly, deserving of a place alongside the AMC Pacer, hairless dogs and Bob Dylan?

Well, here's some news for you: there's no such thing as an ugly win on the road. And when it's your second victory away from home in seven days, it says something about your football team. Something decidedly pretty.

No, we're not ready to put the Bombers on the cover of GQ.

But it seems to me this team's recent makeover has had the desired effect.

The Bombers are once again turning some heads, not the least of which belong to the Toronto Argonauts, as they watch the Bombers pass them in the CFL East.

Is there any doubt who'll finish second, after the weekend's developments? Talk about two teams going in opposite directions.

If I'm Don Matthews of the Argos, I'm seriously considering going back to Oregon, this time for good. The Don doesn't need this smear on his hall-of-fame career.

Meanwhile, Doug Berry has taken the mess that was the Bombers after back-to-back losses to Saskatchewan, dressed it in a short skirt and put lipstick and mascara on it. Consecutive wins, for the first time this season? Yowza.

Oh, there've been blemishes, no doubt. But even Marilyn Monroe had a mole, didn't she?

I know, you probably didn't like the way the Winnipeg offence gagged in the red zone against the Tiger-Cats.

Who cares -- just throw more bombs, like the one Kevin Glenn and Derek Armstrong hooked up on to end the first quarter. On second-and-inches, no less. Beautiful call.

What about the end zone interception thrown by running back Fred Reid in the second quarter, you ask?

At least the Bombers showed some creativity, for a change. They've been all-too-predictable this season. You've gotta surprise 'em with a trick play once in a while.

Critics will point out the screwups on special teams, especially missing that chip shot field goal.

But, hey, snapping the ball, pinning it to the ground, then kicking it through the uprights isn't always easy -- just ask the Ticats.

OK, there was that third-and-goal the Bombers squandered. That was ugly.

Not only didn't they get into the end zone, they were flagged for an illegal formation, so the touchdown wouldn't have counted, anyway.

But with pile-mover Joe Smith in the mix, I like this team's chances on third-and-short. Someone just needs to tell him not to leave his feet. And the rest of the players how to line up, of course.

They should have it figured out by the playoffs.

Yes, this team should make the playoffs, probably with around seven wins, given how bad the Argos look.

And now that Glenn's got his mojo working again, they could actually do some damage.

Sure, the defence made Ticats third-stringer Quinton Porter look like fellow Boston College alumnus Doug Flutie.

Chalk that up to the fact they'd never heard of the guy before, never mind seen him play.

The Edmonton Eskimos and Ricky Ray, a guy the Bombers have seen plenty of, are up next for a two-game set, beginning here, Friday.

Ray's on a downer right now, and the Esks are coming off their worst game of the year.

It's teed up perfectly for the Bombers to make it three in row.

A chip shot, you might say.


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