Coach Kelly soldiers on

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:23 AM ET

The "Don't Fire Mike Kelly" Facebook page was all the way up to 29 members last night, which only proves that Kelly's family and friends know how to use a computer.

(It's actually a sarcastic, anti-Kelly group.)

Perhaps, however, people will be less reluctant to join the "Fire Mike Kelly" page, which had mushroomed to a whopping 2,284 members last night, if they buy into Kelly's belief that the Bomber problems are more about execution than the scheme.

Kelly, after all, wasn't the one fumbling the ball three times, and he wasn't the one serving up four interceptions in Sunday's 55-10 loss to Saskatchewan.

The anti-Kelly vitriol has reached an all-time high in Manitoba this week, largely because of the embarrassing point differential on Sunday against the team's chief rival.

While Kelly is ultimately responsible for the Bomber offence that couldn't get anything going and gave the ball away time and time again on Sunday, it was basically a turnover snowball that turned into a turnover avalanche.

The Riders scored 13 times in a variety of ways, and nine times they recorded points on drives that started in Bomber territory. Saskatchewan's average starting point after Winnipeg's eight turnovers was the Bomber 33-yard line.

In other words, the defence gets a pass despite surrendering 55 points, the 12th-largest number given up in the franchise's 79-year history.

The Roughriders scored after seven of the Bomber turnovers. The only reason they didn't get points after the eighth was because it was the end of the game and they kindly took a knee.

Add it all up, and the calls for a Bomber coach's firing haven't been this loud in years. Kelly, however, is ignoring it.

"I just don't pay attention to all that stuff on the outside," he said.

FUN POLICE: One of the many complaints the Blue and Gold faithful have had over the past two days concerns players who were apparently seen smiling or laughing on the sideline towards the end of Sunday's beatdown.

Kelly isn't about to apologize for his players smiling.

"We're just guys, too," Kelly said. "And sometimes that happens. Sometimes I smile on the sideline because I'm just like, 'Wow, why did we do that?'

"I'm not going to make myself nuts over this."

HISTORY REWRITTEN: Thanks to Saskatchewan reader Tom Fuzesy, the Bomber history book will be getting a correction.

It turns out that Winnipeg's 55-10 loss to Saskatchewan did not tie the franchise record for the most lopsided home defeat, as we reported in Monday's Sun.

The Bomber media guide says the Roughriders blanked the Bombers 45-0 at Osborne Stadium on Oct. 15, 1949, but the score was actually 47-0.

LATE HITS: The Argos, who are battling the Bombers for third in the East Division, got kick returner extraordinaire Dominique Dorsey back yesterday. The Washington Redskins recently cut Dorsey ... The players of the week are Calgary's Jeremaine Copeland (offence) and Jim Davis (defence), Saskatchewan's Luca Congi (special teams) and Montreal's Shea Emry (Canadian) ... Hamilton has re-signed linebacker Sasha Glavic.


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