Hot Bombers have a lot to prove

PAUL FRIESEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:16 PM ET

WINNIPEG -- One came against the Toronto Argonauts, and we don't have to tell you how bad they are.

The others against Edmonton and Hamilton, teams that have gone right off the rails.

The three straight wins by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have come against teams with a combined 3-12 record over the last five weeks.

So, going into today's home game against the B.C. Lions, how do we know for sure the rejuvenated Bombers are for real?

"We know we are," receiver Terrence Edwards said. "We know we are in this locker-room. We don't have to prove it to everybody else. We didn't play up to our abilities the first half of the year.

"We're clicking right now. Our leaders are stepping up. We're doing what we envisioned we were going to do at the beginning of the season."

Today's visit by the 7-7 Leos presents this team's first opportunity to prove it should be taken seriously.

After a 1-4 start, the Lions have started to put it together. They've won three of their last four.

"It's going to be a dog fight," linebacker Ike Charlton said.

"But we'll be ready."

Convincing their fans has been a challenge.

Ticket sales this week suggest people haven't forgotten the horrid offensive team that, not long ago, was a sad-sack 3-8. Three wins hasn't turned the tide of public opinion.

"If it's 19,000, we're going to show the 19,000 that we're going out there to play," Edwards said. "If it's 26,000 ... we're going to show them that we're out here working, trying to get better.

"It doesn't matter if it's 10 people in the stands, we're going to go out and play hard for those 10 fans who believe in us."

PAUL.FRIESEN@SUNMEDIA.CA


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