Shhh! Don't tell coach Bombers are getting Berry close

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:59 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are going to make the playoffs.

There is a better chance of Troy Westwood eating Thanksgiving dinner at Doug Berry's house than the Blue and Gold missing out on the CFL post-season.

Just don't tell that to Mr. Berry himself, who craned his neck and raised one of his eyebrows about a foot yesterday when asked if he has to guard against his team from taking the foot off the gas down the stretch.

"Does my look tell you anything?" he said. "You don't have anything until you have it. Period. We're going to play the next game. We haven't clinched anything. We're still working to dig out of the hole."

At 6-9, the Bombers are sitting pretty after a not-so-pretty 25-16 win over the Toronto Argonauts Friday. Their magic number is one, which means they just have to win once or hope Toronto (4-11) and Hamilton (3-11) both lose one game to clinch second in the East Division.

The Bombers visit Calgary next Saturday. After that, it's a trip to Montreal to face the Alouettes before hosting the Tiger-Cats to finish off the campaign.

Winnipeg should have its post-season berth wrapped up by the time they meet the Ticats. Heck, even a respected Argo leader essentially admitted it's all over but the crying after his team's sixth straight setback Friday night.

"You get paid for 18 games, that's what it says on your contract," said Bombers defensive end Jonathan Brown. "So if I see anybody loafing, I will take their (butt) outside and fight them."

All four West Division teams have clinched a playoff spot, which means one of them will cross over and likely meet the Bombers in the East semifinal at Canad Inns Stadium.

Regardless of which team pulls up the rear in the West, expect the Bombers to give them a good fight. The team has won four of their last five after a 2-8 start and Berry sure is liking what he's seeing.

"We're better. We're certainly better," he said. "We're playing a lot more now like we were a year ago. We were winning the closer games last year, and that's what we're doing now."


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