WINNIPEG - You could tell Doug Brown was terrified.
Asked if he had any reply to Dave Stala’s shot across the Blue Bomber bow, and the Winnipeg D-lineman looked for the nearest place to hide.
“We’re not answering back, because Dave Stala, that’s a terrifying guy,” the 6-foot-8, 290-pounder began. “We’re all extremely intimidated. That right there is an imposing figure. I’m just going to keep quiet, and hopefully my play can do the talking.”
Stala, the Hamilton receiver and CFL touchdown leader (with seven), took a few pokes at the Bombers’ Swaggerville identity this week, suggesting it was “a cartoon or something. We’ll see what they call themselves after the game.”
“Whenever you get a microphone in front of a big, lanky Canadian receiver, you start to shake in your boots a little bit, get a little nervous, get the terror night sweats before the game,” Brown said. “Hopefully we’ll be able to overcome our fears and play well.”
Acknowledging he’s not big on taking on names like Swaggerville — some of his teammates on defence came up with the idea — Brown suggested anyone questioning it just doesn’t get it.
The Bombers insist it’s about confidence, hard work and plain, old fun — not cockiness.
“Some people get a little bent out of shape because a lot of attention has gone to it, and maybe it’s taking attention away from other people,” he said. “It’s hilarious. If you take it too seriously, you don’t really understand the concept.”