Doug Brown is media savvy enough to know that on a normal day, being named a CFL all-star is big news.
On a day like yesterday, not so much.
"Apparently it doesn't carry as much weight as your head coach being fired," the Blue Bomber defensive lineman said yesterday, finding some humour in the situation. "No picture of me, now. The timing of these things, let me tell ya.
"But I've been overexposed enough this year. I'm fine with a footnote on the page."
Brown was anything but a footnote on the just-completed 2008 season.
What was a forgettable campaign for the team just keeps getting better for the eight-year veteran, as he joins linebacker Zeke Moreno as the only Bombers named to the league's all-star defence.
As usual, Brown was quick to share the honour with his teammates and coaches.
"It's no coincidence that the three years I've played in Greg Marshall's defensive system and that Richard Harris has been my defensive line coach that I've been awarded a divisional as well as CFL all-star," Brown said.
"That has as much to do with them, their coaching abilities, the system I play in and the players the franchise has chosen to surround me with."
Brown is also the East Division nominee for outstanding defensive player. He was the Bomber nominee for that award, plus most outstanding player overall and top Canadian.
Brown was second on the Bombers with six sacks, recorded 43 tackles, two pass knockdowns and a fumble recovery.
Moreno, splitting the season between Hamilton and Winnipeg, led the league in tackles, with 97.
The B.C. Lions dominated the CFL's all-star defence, with five players named. Saskatchewan had two, Edmonton, Calgary and Hamilton one each.