Bombers won't give Stamps any ammo

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:35 AM ET

Hey Blue Bombers, loosen up.

After the Calgary Stampeders receivers threw down a light-hearted gauntlet, Winnipeg pass catchers were not allowed to respond yesterday.

"I just want to say to Winnipeg that we respect your (touchdown) celebrations, but we're going to have better celebrations next week," Calgary's Nik Lewis told Sun Media as the Stampeders prepared to welcome the Bombers this Saturday.

"Tune in to TSN. It's a battle of celebrations next week."

But when Bomber receiver Terrence Edwards was approached by several media members, veteran slotback Milt Stegall interceded: "Don't give them no ammo," he ordered. "That's all they want. Don't give them any ammo to go back and say, 'The Blue Bombers said this.' That's all I'm saying."

Calgary receivers did poke fun at the 'Duck-duck-goose' game that Edwards initiated. But they must have missed the hockey game and race-walking the Bombers unveiled during the last outing.

Regardless, the challenge means the Stampeders believe that Winnipeg receivers will score some TDs.

"That's the plan," Edwards said.

GUNS LOADED: Edwards, by the way, showed the Stamps some respect after they moved into sole possession of first place in the CFL West.

"(Beating them) would show that we can play with the top teams," he said. "You know, we started off slow and it's about getting into the playoffs with your guns loaded and that's what we're looking forward to right now -- to play hard and get a W."

SETTLING IN: It has taken a little time but Ian Logan looks like he has settled in at the starting safety spot now.

"I'm feeling really comfortable out there," he said. "I've got a lot of games under my belt now. But every team's different. Every quarterback's different and every team does a different thing so, I'm still learning. I haven't had a chance to play Calgary yet but, you know, I'm feeling more and more comfortable every week."

It shows.

"It comes from practice and playing, and I really think he's done a nice job," said Bomber head coach Doug Berry. "He's getting better and I expect him to continue to get better."

Logan has also moved into a tie with Graeme Bell for the team lead in special teams tackles (16).

"I take a lot of pride in special teams," Logan said. "I love being the gunner on punt cover."

HASHMARKS: OL Brendon LaBatte, LB Ike Charlton, CB Willie Amos, S Jason Nugent returned from injuries to practise yesterday, although only LaBatte practised with the No. 1 unit. Charlton, however, may be ready to return this week ... Both OL Ryan Donnelly (shoulder) and DE Kai Ellis (toe) sat out.

PLAYOFF DUCATS: Although the Bombers have yet to officially clinch a post-season berth, tickets for a potential CFL East semifinal go on sale tomorrow, the club announced. Winnipeg would play host to the semi-final on Saturday, Nov. 8 at noon.

Season ticket subscribers and sponsors will have first crack at the ducats tomorrow at 9 a.m.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public through Ticketmaster on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m.

The 6-9 Blue Bombers will clinch a playoff spot by either winning one of their last three games or if the 4-11 Toronto Argonauts lose just one of their last three.


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