Blue playoff ready?

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Sun sports editor Ted Wyman debates the hottest topics in sports with Shaw TV sports reporter Jim Toth and Sun sports writers Ken Wiebe and Kirk Penton in the latest instalment of the Five Minute Major. You can read a few excerpts here and listen to the entire debate by going to www.winnipegsun.com and clicking on Sun Speaks.

Are the Bombers gearing up for another improbable playoff run?

PENTON: They're getting better but I don't think they're anywhere near the level they need to be to get to a Grey Cup. They could very easily beat Edmonton here in the semifinal. They're playing decent enough and Edmonton is not playing well enough these days. The Bombers will probably win the semifinal but the road is going to hit a dead end at the Big O in Montreal on Nov. 15.

WIEBE: I was at Taylor Field on Saturday watching the 55-9 beatdown of the Eskimos and the thing I learned is that the Bombers have a great chance of advancing at least past one round of the playoffs. Edmonton looked terrible on both sides of the ball and they're in trouble. There's no guarantee the Bombers will beat Montreal and I know it was a meaningless game in the standings on Sunday but to plant that seed of doubt should they get back there, the Bombers chances of getting back to the Grey Cup are better than at any other point this year. It's not a certainty, but they're moving in the right direction.

WYMAN: There's at least a chance and that's something we wouldn't have said five or six games ago.

TOTH: The Bombers need to win three games in a row to win the Grey Cup and I just don't think they're where they need to be to win three straight games against tough opponents.

WYMAN: It's important for the Bombers to continue this roll this week against Hamilton. If they finish the season on a winning streak and with a 6-2 record (down the stretch), that's pretty good. They had a terrible start but it's not how you start, it's how you finish. Two 8-10 teams have won the Grey Cup, so it's not like it's impossible.

TOTH: You could say the Bombers are too arrogant, but they have never wavered in their faith in themselves. As a unit, they believe in themselves and that could go a long way come playoff time. The Montreal Alouetttes believe in themselves too.

Are the Tennessee Titans for real?

TOTH: I think they are for real and they have the best coach in the NFL. Jeff Fisher does not get enough credit. Not only with how he coaches and comes up with schemes every week but how he controls the outside distractions that come with the NFL. The Titans have a team that can probably win a round or two.

PENTON: They're no Detroit Lions and that's a good thing. What's wrong with my team? Tennessee should lose soon.

WIEBE: They're not going to have an undefeated season. But they are a Super Bowl contender.

WYMAN: I like to see it when guys who have been putting in the years like that with one team can finally have success.

Did Major League Baseball handle the problems with bad weather properly during Game 5 of the World Series?

WIEBE: Bud Selig has done a lot of things during his tenure but I have to defend him on this. The only thing he could have done differently was not start the game at all or suspend the game an inning earlier.

TOTH: The problem is that Bud Selig bails himself out of his own problems and we think we should commend that. He shouldn't have started that game. If it's raining at 7:30, wait an hour and if it's still raining an hour later, don't start the game.

PENTON: Wasn't it a light rain at the beginning?

WIEBE: The problem is that it was supposed to rain for the next two days.

WYMAN: I think they started the game because of the Fox Network.

TOTH: I think so too. It was done for money and for broadcasting.

PENTON: This just in, money makes the world go round people.

WYMAN: It makes the World Series go round too.

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NUMBERS GAME

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North Texas football players who tested positive during pre-season drug screenings, according to the Denton Record-Chronicle. The team is 0-8, so we don't need to tell you that they were recreational drugs and not of the performance-enhancing variety.

OFFBEAT

The world's worst boxer is calling it a career after 300 fights. Peter Buckley, a 39-year-old super featherweight from Birmingham, England, has 31 wins, 12 draws and 256 losses going into his final bout, which will take place tomorrow night in his hometown. "I'm always in the gym, so if I get a call a couple of hours before a fight I usually say yes," Buckley told The Associated Press. Buckley's last win was in 2003, and since then he has two draws and 84 losses.


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