Bet on Bombers

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:48 AM ET

No respect.

At last look, the Blue Bombers were still 14.5-point underdogs for tomorrow night's game against the Stampeders in Calgary.

The oddsmakers in Las Vegas may have forgotten that Winnipeg beat the Stamps 42-30 the last time out and that the Red Riders just blew a game at home to Saskatchewan last week. Not to mention the fact that Winnipeg actually won last week.

"I think those guys in Vegas are cute," Winnipeg head coach Mike Kelly joked yesterday. "But that stuff means nothing to me ... People are going to bet however they're going to bet. I'd say if you had some expendable cash, I'd like 14 points."

To cover?

"I'd like to think so."

Bear in mind that the CFL has a strict rule against betting.

"That's all fun but that doesn't really mean anything to us, other than the fact that we feel that maybe our entire football club isn't getting the respect it deserves because there are aspects of our club that need respect and should be getting respect," Kelly said.

Then again, it could be because it's been seven years since the Bombers last won in the town's Death Valley (35-20).

"Doug Brown was short the last time they won there," Kelly suggested.

Only the 6-foot-8 Brown and Jon Oosterhuis remain from that team. Brown was listed at 6-foot-7 in the media guide that year.

HELLO WALLS: Former Calgary DB Lenny Walls will be returning to the city where he started his CFL career.

"It will be fun," said Walls, who got his Grey Cup ring shipped to him earlier this year. "I had a great run with those guys. We won a championship together and I have a lot of friends on that team. So, it will just be another game of having fun. It'll be more fun because you're playing against guys that you know personally so, we're all out there trying to win a game. We're both sitting here at 2-3 and we all want to go out there and win."

Walls, who has helped solidify the Winnipeg secondary this season, knows the defence will have its work cut out against Calgary QB Henry Burris.

"Henry's one of the best quarterbacks in this league so it's going to be a challenge and hopefully, we can continue to do as a defence what we've been doing, and that's being pretty solid and bending but not breaking, and continuing to make big plays."

SACK LEADER: Winnipeg's Dorian Smith leads the East with five quarterback sacks, a rarity for a rookie defensive tackle.

"I played defensive end my whole career," Smith said. "This is the first time playing D-tackle so I'm just paying it like I'm a D-end. The same mentality."

However, Smith readily admits that he must improve on his run defence.

"I want to be a complete player and I don't feel like I'm that right now ... I don't want to be one-dimensional. I don't want to be just that, a great pass rusher, but a great D-lineman an offensive lineman is afraid to go against for a whole game."

MOE WOES: Former Bomber OL Moe Elewonibi believes someone stole his 1991 Washington Redskins Super Bowl ring while he was showing his house in Winnipeg earlier this year. If anyone has any information, please contact Winnipeg police.

HASHMARKS: LB Joe Lobendahn will indeed return from a shoulder injury to replace the injured Siddeeq Shabazz (ankle) at weak-side LB ... Former Bomber WR Markus Howell will likely replace the injured Ryan Thelwell (hamstring) as a starter in Calgary.


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