LaPolice knows Argo encounter big for Blue

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:31 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Paul LaPolice doesn’t normally like to put more emphasis on one game over others, but this week is different.

The Bomber coach has been preaching to his players for the last four days that a victory over the Toronto Argonauts on Saturday has the potential to go a long way down the road.

He doesn’t come right out and say “playoffs,” but that’s what he means.

“This is a team we’re playing four times,” LaPolice said. “We’ve already beaten them once (on July 8). If you can get up two on them, all you need is to win one more out of two and you win the season series.

“I want them to understand the importance of this game. This week there are some other components besides just getting two points, and that’s the season series.”

If two teams finish with the same number of wins at the end of the season, the next tiebreaker is the season series.

FEELIN’ THE HEAT: Offensive lineman Kelly Butler and defensive lineman Don Oramasionwu threw some punches at each other Thursday and had to be pulled apart.

Oramasionwu was livid over something Butler did, and a coach had to escort him to the sideline to cool off.

Some coaches love practice fights, and others detest them. LaPolice falls in the middle.

“Guys always overreact,” LaPolice said, “and that’s when I try to tell them, ‘Come on guys, relax. Nobody did anything intentional. We’re all a team. We all share a locker-room.’

“I guess I would say I’m indifferent. I’ll address it, but I’m indifferent.”

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