Bishop not fond of his former team

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:08 PM ET

TORONTO -- Michael Bishop doesn't come right out and say he's not a fan of the Toronto Argonauts.

He takes care of it through innuendo and not-so-subtle hints.

"The guys are great," Bishop said when asked about his new Bombers teammates. "It's a different locker-room from what I've been used to being in.

"Guys around here, they communicate with each other. There's nobody in here that tries to put themselves above everybody."

Despite an 11-1 record as a starter with the Argos in 2007, much of the blame for their playoff loss to the Bombers that year was placed squarely on his shoulders.

He was also surprised the following spring when the Argos introduced newly acquired quarterback Kerry Joseph on the same day they announced his new contract extension.

When discussing yesterday what it meant to face the Boatmen again, Bishop got straight to the point.

"Being around those guys for as long as I was, I kind of feel bad because of the situation that some of them are in," he said. "Being around and being in the locker-room and being there, you could see a lot of things that were unfolding. I think there's a lot of dishonesty within the program."

HAPPY RETURNS? Bomber boss Mike Kelly said Craphonso Thorpe, who didn't return kicks last week because the coach said he was "overwhelmed" in the pre-game warmup, might get a few chances to do it today.

"Craphonso is still on a learning curve," Kelly said. "His seat-belt is fastened, and it goes up and down. We felt that James Johnson did a little better job last week of catching it and actually moving forward, so that was a bonus."

NEW TALENT: The Argos are making significant changes in their inexperienced receiving corps for the second straight week.

After suspending Arland Bruce III for last week's game and then trading him to Hamilton on Wednesday, it appears Argos head coach Bart Andrus will activate newcomers Chad Lucas and Cory Rodgers.

LATE HITS: The Bombers haven't scored an offensive touchdown in eight quarters. In fact, they have more defensive and special teams touchdowns (three) than passing touchdowns (two) ... Argos defensive tackle Adriano Belli (knee) will be a game-time decision, but Andrus said it's "highly unlikely" he'll play. If he doesn't, Etienne Legare will get the start.

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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