Old Kelly returns, doesn't give a $@#*

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:42 AM ET

MONTREAL -- The Bombers can say their blowout loss to Montreal yesterday didn't matter one bit.

The post-game reactions of head coach Mike Kelly, however, suggested he was a little on edge after his team's dismal showing.

Kelly cursed during his live, post-game interview with the team's radio rights holder, saying it was "media bulls---" when asked whether his team was focused for yesterday's game against the Alouettes.

Kelly ended the interview shortly thereafter and was still hot when he showed up for his post-game media scrum a few minutes later.

"I get stupid questions asked to me by our own radio station, and it kind of upsets me," Kelly said. "... We didn't play well enough, but we played hard. I never question the effort that our players put it, and if somebody ever questions the effort that our players give, then they're dead wrong and they don't know what they heck they're looking at."

On the other hand, at least one Bomber suggested that not everybody in Blue and Gold showed up for yesterday's crucial tilt.

"We had some guys that were ready to play, but some guys weren't ready to play," linebacker Ike Charlton said.

"This was a playoff game. Every game counts. We just didn't come out with the intensity we need, and it showed from the start."

HEY STRIPES! Kelly had done a good job of biting his tongue in the last month or so and not saying controversial things, but the outspoken Mike Kelly officially returned yesterday.

When asked about the play of his rookie defensive linemen, Odell Willis and Phillip Hunt, Kelly went after Montreal tackles Josh Bourke and Jeff Perrett.

"They did a wonderful job of holding today," Kelly said. "Odell Willis' shirt is ripped right now, and they were sticking their hands up underneath his shoulder pads.

"That was one of the finest jobs of holding I've seen both tackles do in a long time."

Told that he will no doubt be fined by the CFL for those comments, Kelly's response was quick and to the point.

"I don't give a s---."

SHUT DOWN: Bomber running back Fred Reid, who guaranteed last week that he will win the rushing title, had only 11 carries for 37 yards. He now trails Calgary's Joffrey Reynolds by 103 yards with one game left.

Reid said the Bomber offensive line has to play better than it did yesterday.

"The pass blocking hasn't been too bad, but the run blocking, we gotta get that better next week," Reid said.

LATE HITS: Cornerback-return Jovon Johnson left the game with an ankle injury in the second quarter, but he said it's minor and that he'll play against Hamilton. Cornerback Jonathan Hefney left with a leg injury in the fourth but also said he'll be fine ... The Bombers went back to badly losing the time of possession battle yesterday, as the Als had the ball for a whopping 38 minutes ... Winnipeg had 197 yards of total offence, its worst showing since its 33-14 loss in Montreal on Sept. 20 ... Troy Westwood had a 40.5-yard average on 11 punts ... Winnipeg had 15 penalties for 100 yards, including five offsides by Willis and Hunt.

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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