Bombers feeling the love

Offensive lineman Obby Khan and the other Bombers were all smiles at their annual golf tournament...

Offensive lineman Obby Khan and the other Bombers were all smiles at their annual golf tournament Monday in Winnipeg. (BRIAN DONOGH/QMI Agency)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:14 AM ET

WINNIPEG - There was a different aura Monday at Glendale Country Club than there was last year when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers held their annual fundraising golf tournament.

“Normally we come here and people feel sorry for us,” defensive tackle Doug Brown said as he relaxed in a golf cart near the first tee, sipping a beverage. “This year they’re actually proud of us, so there is a noticeable difference.

“Obviously we’ve had good teams before in the years I’ve been here, but we haven’t been a good team since 2007. It’s been a while, but the guys walk differently as well, with an air of success about them. It’s a lot more fun when you’re not ashamed to show your face in public.”

Yes, it is a good time to be a Bomber in Winnipeg. The Blue and Gold are 7-1, they have a four-point lead on the Montreal Alouettes and their arch rivals to the west, the Saskatchewan Roughriders, are 1-7 going into Sunday’s annual Labour Day Classic at Mosaic Stadium.

Winnipeg and Regina are the two CFL cities in which players get recognized the most, so heading out to buy groceries or eating out a restaurant this year in the ’Peg is a lot more fun that it was, say, last year when the Bombers were 2-6 and on their way to a 4-14 campaign.

“There’s been a few meals passed my way and stuff like that,” quarterback Buck Pierce said recently, “but they’re just a generous community and it feels good as a player to give them something to be proud of.”

Monday’s golf tournament is an important fundraiser for the club, so having a 7-1 record is a great way of saying thank you to the people who support the organization financially, according to Brown.

“The fruits of their labour are being shown,” he said. “Normally they’re like, ‘Why do we give money to these players who just don’t get it?’ But we’re starting to realize our potential right now.”

The 11-year veteran added the golf tournament, in which 40 or so Bomber players and coaches each team up with a foursome in a Texas scramble format, is a great motivational tool for the final 10 games of the season.

“Things like these events are good, because it gives you perspective as a player,” Brown said.

“You come out in the public, and you see how much it means to every group you golf with.

“You discover hey, this is really important to these people, and it just adds that much more to it.”

LATE HITS: The Bombers will return to the practice field on Tuesday at 11 a.m. It will be the first of four workouts this week for the Blue and Gold … The Leader-Post reports Roughriders linebacker Barrin Simpson has sore ribs and is questionable for the Labour Day Classic … Receiver Dallas Baker, acquired in a trade with Montreal for Luc Mullinder, could make his Riders debut on Sunday … There’s a chance running back Wes Cates (foot) could return to face the Bombers as well.


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