Alex Suber looked as cool as a cucumber, leaning up against a concession stand underneath the Canad Inns Stadium west grandstand on Thursday morning.
“That’s a DB,” the rookie Bomber halfback said. “You gotta be calm, relaxed.”
A cynic would suggest Suber is obviously unfamiliar with Arland Bruce III, he of the 8,009 career receiving yards and 68 touchdowns. That’s the Ticat receiver Suber will see plenty of on Friday night at Canad Inns Stadium.
Bruce remembers Suber from the teams’ pre-season game, during which he caught a 10-yard touchdown pass over the former college running back. Bruce said he enjoys seeing fresh meat in the secondary.
“I like that, because I’ve been nine years in the game now and I like to introduce new DBs to the league, just let ’em know that you can’t take any plays off,” Bruce said Thursday at the Fairmont Hotel, still wearing his shades. “He’s a fast guy. He seems like he loves what he does and likes to have fun.”
And what would Bruce’s advice be for the rookie?
“Just bring your A game,” he said with a smile, “because I’m going to bring mine.”
Suber, one of the shortest DBs in the league at about 5-foot-6 or 5-foot-7, got the Week 1 starting job over returning veteran Keyuo Craver.
“It feels good,” Suber said. “I worked hard.”
STILL KICKING: Andre Sadeghian is one of three Bombers who cracked the team’s opening-day 46-man roster despite being added after rookie camp, with Andre Douglas and Moton Hopkins being the others.
Coincidentally, it was the Ticats who cut Sadeghian, a 25-year-old McMaster product, just as camps were getting underway.
“I really don’t know a lot about the circumstances of what happened, but I just appreciate being here,” said Sadeghian, who is on his fourth team in four years. “It could’ve been unfortunate, but fortunately it turned out in my favour.”
AT THE CAR WASH: Ticats linebacker Otis Floyd got into a well-documented verbal scrap with former Bomber coach Mike Kelly during last year’s season finale, at one point telling the coach that he could come work at his car wash after he got fired.
Well, Kelly eventually got fired, but he hasn’t asked Floyd for employment.
“No, he ain’t asked for no job,” Floyd said with a laugh. “I don’t know what’s going on with Kelly. But the wash is still open.
“Nah, that was last year.”
LATE HITS: Close to 24,000 tickets had been sold as of late Thursday afternoon … Winnipeg will have 15 returning starters lining up against the Ticats … The winner could be the team that is in the best shape, as the forecast is calling for a high of 31 C on Friday.