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TROY WESTWOOD

, Last Updated: 9:18 AM ET

Um, hi. Could you please move over a bit, I know there isn't much room. I don't need a lot of space; just let me wiggle my butt into that tiny little spot, OK?

Ah, there we go, thank you. The good ol' bandwagon. Was getting pretty full after last week, now that sucker is going to be jam-packed.

Beating Toronto and Hamilton was pretty good, but those games were like beating a little brother in an arm wrestle. Beating Edmonton is a different story. Beating Edmonton sounds off alarms across the country.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are officially back.

Kevin Glenn and the feared offence is officially back. I tip my hat to the team.

Three weeks ago, the season was on the verge of playoff death. All adversity and obstacles that needed to be overcome, apparently have been.

Those two big moves by Brendan Taman appear to have made a positive impact.

How teams perform in the final third of the season is typically a pretty good indicator of what is going to happen come playoff time.

The last three weeks have injected a lot of excitement into the fans of the team. If they continue to improve as each week goes by, November could be very interesting.

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I have no problem with Romby Bryant being tossed out of the game for coming to the defense of Glenn after that brutal helmet-to-helmet hit.

Of course it is not ideal to be ejected from the game.

Bigger than the ejection, though, was the fact that someone had to step up and show that such an act would not be tolerated.

Being ejected can be very costly to the team, but there are times and instances where something can happen in a game and you've got to stand up for your teammate. Seeing your quarterback take a shot like that is one of those times.

Glenn took some vicious hits Friday. Each time he got laid out, he would get back up, and deliver another dart.

His performance was the type of performance that can bring a team to a different level. That type of gritty, determined effort inspires an entire team. If there were any questions as to his leadership ability, let them be answered now.

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Big time congratulations to Arjei Franklin for his first touchdown. Arjei is deserving of tremendous success. He works his tail off to be as good as he can be. He must have made his big brother Milt real proud.

Troy Westwood is a former Winnipeg Blue Bombers kicker. His column appears two days after every Bombers game.

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QUICK HITS:

"If (Joe) Torre had had exactly the kind of season Girardi did, even with all the injuries, (Yankees boss) Hank Steinbrenner would not only have fired him, he would have wanted to call back the next day and do it again."

- Mike Lupica,

New York Daily News

"The Yankees, with their new ballpark, will solidify their hold on first place in the Most Annoying Sports Franchise standings. I've got (in order): Yankees, Cowboys, Knicks, Celtics, Patriots. Am I leaving anyone out?"

-- Scott Ostler,

San Francisco Chronicle

"I'm telling you those weren't Saskatchewan people throwing cans of beer at B.C. Lions players last weekend in Regina. Trust me on this; nobody from Saskatchewan would ever throw a can that still contained beer ... Lions fans are expected to seek revenge the next time the Riders are in Vancouver by throwing their latte mugs at Saskatchewan players."

-- Cam Hutchinson,

Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

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SAY WHAT?!?!

"Tony (Romo) is a great quarterback, but he's a better boyfriend. To be my man, you have to put up with a lot. I toot under the sheets, I spend a lot of money and I can belch the ABCs."

-- Jessica Simpson to People.com

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Speaking of Torre, all he needs is for the Los Angeles Dodgers to make the playoffs next season to move him into a tie with Atlanta Braves skipper Bobby Cox for the most consecutive playoff appearances of all time, which is 14.

GAME OFFBEAT

How about this little-known fact about the well-documented near-scuffle between columnist Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News and Oakland Raiders public relations guy John Herrera? There is a CFL connection to the story, since Herrera was once the general manager of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.


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