Broad Street Blue

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 5:11 AM ET

Mike Kelly's Winnipeg Blue Bombers appear to be taking a page out of the Broad Street Bullies playbook.

Basically, it's no coincidence that the head coach hails from Philadelphia.

Through two games the Blue and Gold have thrown almost as many punches as passes. They've done more wrestling than Chris Jericho. They're playing with a chip on their collective shoulder that is the size of your average fridge.

So we posed the question to the head coach on Saturday: Just who is the Bombers enforcer?

"I don't know. I think I've got more than one," Kelly said with a sly grin. "After seeing it last night, we've got some spunk. I like spunk."

In Friday night's home-opening win over the Calgary Stampeders there were several instances where fists were thrown. The most significant donnybrook occurred in the third quarter after Stefan LeFors took a helmet in the head from Brandon Browner.

He got up and shoved the first Stampeder he saw, which happened to be linebacker Shannon James arriving late to the party.

Chaos ensued.

"It got blown out of proportion a little quickly there," LeFors said. "I got up, and I let my emotions get the best of me right there at that time. I didn't think it would escalate into something like that, but now I know that if that's what's going to happen, I might need to refrain from doing it."

It actually helped the Bombers, however, as the Stamps received three of the five penalties handed out of the melee.

"I kinda got out of there and was watching guys throwing punches all over the place," LeFors said. "It was just one of those things. You get caught up in the emotion, and you get going."

Heck, even mild-mannered slotback Terrence Edwards joined the fray, grabbing Milton Collins' face mask and trying to use it to slam him to the ground. Then big right tackle Glenn January joined the party. Advertising boards were squashed like bugs.

"Brothers can fight amongst each other, but if somebody from the outside comes to fight one of the brothers, you're going to fight all the brothers," Kelly said. "That's just the way it is."

There is, however, a time and a place for everything. January got into it with an Eskimo in the first quarter of the season-opener in Edmonton, but his penalty pushed the Bombers out of field goal range. They ended up losing by two points.

"We're always going to be on the edge, so to speak," LeFors said. "We don't want to do anything stupid to cost us yards, but we're going to play hard."

Edwards said the Bombers aren't going on the field with the intention of wreaking havoc; they're simply following their new on-field leader.

"The feistiness wasn't planned, but we're going to come out with an attitude," said Edwards, who also had two touchdown catches on Friday night. "We're going to come out with the attitude that we're going to try to hit you in the mouth before you hit us in the mouth.

"It started with our quarterback. If our quarterback shows that fire, then everybody else has gotta follow."

Kelly promised that the Blue and Gold will continue to scrap like junkyard dogs as long as he's in charge.

"Always. Never lose the edge," he said. "We are the jagged edge."

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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