'Peg sideshow takes a break

GERRY MODDEJONGE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:24 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- Sorry, Eskimos.

For once there has been no circus-like sideshow to distract the trouble-magnet Winnipeg Blue Bombers camp from its battle preparations this week.

No spy-gate scandle 'non-issues' to be handled internally, no idiotic YouTube comments cancelling any chance of picking up an NFL bad boy and no unhappy veterans refusing to put on their jerseys.

In Mike Kelly's head coaching stint so far in Winnipeg, it's almost scandalous that there is no new scandal to talk about.

"Boring. So boring," Kelly jested at yesterday's press conference when asked what it's like going through a week without any sideshow stuff.

"Sideshow stuff, we've had two players who decided to quit on their teammates. That's it, in a nutshell," he said, referring to wide receiver Derick Armstrong and linebacker Barrin Simpson.

"That was their individualistic approach. That's what we're trying to change here, that no one is bigger than the team."

As for bringing in former Dallas Cowboys infamous defensive back Adam (Pacman) Jones -- who couldn't even get all three letters in CFL correctly, Kelly blames technology.

"Because of the electronic world, negotiations that might have gone on or inquiries that might have happened with players that have crossed the line one way or another, 10 years ago, nobody even knows that that conversation went on," he said.

"All those things, I think, got spectacularized, exaggerated and it is what it is so we just move on and keep going about our business. But it has been a quiet week and it's been quite nice."

As for Simpson, who was recently removed from the Bombers' nine-game injury list, Kelly offered no new update.

"No, that's in other people's hands now. I don't ... there's no reason for me to talk about that particular player because he's not with us," Kelly said.

GERRY.MODDEJONGE@SUNMEDIA.CA


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