Gavin Walls got so frustrated by the belief he was being held throughout the game he took an unnecessary roughness penalty at a critical juncture in the fourth quarter.
"The guy (Edmonton guard Patrick Kabongo) tackled me, grabbed my private parts," the Winnipeg Blue Bomber defensive end said. "If he'd just blocked me and put me on my butt, I never would have done anything. He tackled me and grabbed my private parts. They called me on the penalty and that's fine. It is what it is."
The entire defensive line complained to officials about holding through the game.
"They get away with it," said Walls. "They won the game. They're holding ... They got away with it, they won. Bottom line is, the refs don't like Winnipeg, it's as simple as that. If they did, there would have been flags going all the time. But we get no love here. And we're knowing that. If that's the way they want to call it ... It's the CFL and if they don't want to call penalties that are blatant ... You shouldn't have to act up."
Walls did concede that the Eskimos deserved to win.
"They came into our environment, on the road -- and it was pretty cold out there -- and they got the job done. They came in and out-played us. My hat's off to them."
LETDOWN: Linebacker Ike Charlton had five defensive tackles despite being bothered by a bad ankle.
"We're too talented a team to go out there and play the way we played this year, including myself," said Charlton who wants to come back after playing out his option.
MISSING: Most of Winnipeg's year-long weaknesses were exposed yesterday.
"Sometimes we were missing defence; sometimes we were missing offence; sometimes we were missing special teams," said veteran defensive tackle Doug Brown. "We were missing consistency and that was something that has plagued us all year."
PPP: The Bombers could have 19 free agents later this off-season, although that number could be fewer as the Bombers don't announce all contract extensions.
According to our records, some of the players who will have a chance to become free agents in February include 11 who started in yesterday's East Division semifinal, among them running back Fred Reid, defensive back Kelly Malveaux, centre Dominic Picard and linebacker Cam Hall.
Three Bombers who played out their options yesterday for sure are left tackle Alexandre Gauthier, defensive end Gavin Walls and defensive tackle Jerome Haywood.