Blue not out of the fire

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:45 AM ET

It is not time to get too giddy just because the Blue Bombers have won back-to-back games for the first time this season.

More like giddy-up time.

"I'll be the first to tell ya, we're not out of the fire right now," Winnipeg slotback Arjei Franklin said yesterday. "We've got a lot of work to do still. Edmonton's a good team and we've got back-to-back games against them and it's hard to win back-to-back games, right? But we have to. So, we are more focused than we have ever been.

"The truth is, we're only 4-8 right now and that's not going to be good enough to get into the playoffs. But at least, we're moving in the right direction."

The Bombers, who host Edmonton this Friday, are actually in third place in the East because the 4-8 Toronto Argonauts lead the season series 2-1 over them. The third-place team in the East is not expected to make the playoffs because of the crossover rule.

JUST DUCKY: Duck-duck-goose? On the gridiron?

After Bomber slotback Terrence Edwards scored a touchdown in the second quarter of the Friday's game against Hamilton, all five receivers sat in the endzone and played that kids' game to celebrate.

"As a receiving corps, we're looking to go in and score touchdowns," said Edwards, who came up with the idea. "We're looking to have fun; we're looking to get the crowd into it; we're trying to get our team excited about the whole thing."

But they did not do it when wide receiver Derick Armstrong scored the first TD of the game because there were only three receivers on the field at the time, Edwards said.

So, what's next, Ring-Around-The-Rosy?

"We're going to try to do something different every week," said Edwards, who caught seven passes for 100 yards and the TD. "Just to try to get the excitement back and create some anticipation."

KINDER CUT?: New OL Bobby Singh is still not enamoured with the Calgary Stampeders who cut him three hours before training camp started this season.

"The real story is they drafted two young guys and they failed me on my physical and got rid of me," said Singh, who had arthroscopic surgery on his knee in June. "But that was just a nice way of cutting somebody."

Singh then took a physical with a B.C. Lions doctor and passed it and he passed the Bomber one before yesterday's workout.

"My knee's fine," he assured. "Hopefully, it holds up. I've been training hard. I've been ready for any team to pick me up but it had to be the right situation and I feel Winnipeg's been looking good the last two weeks.

"If they want me to play on Friday, I'll be ready to play ... I know that's not going to happen but whenever they call me, I'll be ready."

HASHMARKS: S Jason Nugent (hamstring) will miss Friday's game with DB Marc Beswick likely to replace him ... Both CB Robert Bean and DL Matt Kudu practised yesterday for the first time since suffering injuries that had put them on the nine-game injured list ... Bombers plan to pay a tribute to SB Milt Stegall, who set the CFL's all-time pass-receiving yardage record in Toronto two weeks ago, on Friday.


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