Bombers thank Stamps, now they have to beat them

Brown wasn't impressed with tweets from the Argos camp. (QMI Agency)

Brown wasn't impressed with tweets from the Argos camp. (QMI Agency)

Jim Bender, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:11 PM ET

It was like getting a reprieve from the governor of CFL fate.

 

Still wallowing in their misery after blowing Friday’s game to the lowly Toronto Argonauts 27-22 in their own ballpark, the Blue Bombers’ spirits were suddenly revived when the Calgary Stampeders upset the defending Grey Cup champion Alouettes in Montreal on Sunday.

“I was ecstatic, obviously,” Winnipeg quarterback Alex Brink said Tuesday, the first time media were allowed to get a reaction from the players. “I mean, it gave us opportunity to control our own destiny. Obviously, we caught a break there so, we appreciated Calgary for a day, but now, we’re to go get ‘em.”

Had Montreal won, the Als would have needed either a Bomber loss in Calgary this week or to beat the Lions in B.C. themselves to clinch top spot in the East. Now, the Bombers can earn first place and the right to host the East Final with either a win over the Stampeders or an Alouettes’ loss to B.C.

“Right now, it’s back in our hands and we’re going to go in there and play against a good Calgary team and hopefully, they don’t do to us what they did to Montreal,” said Bombers cornerback Jovon Johnson.

SEARS TALK: Some Bombers had plenty to say about the threats some Argos made against Johnny Sears through their Twitter accounts, particularly Toronto offensive linemen Rob Murphy and Taylor Robertson.

“It’s difficult for them to weigh in on this because, even riding their 10-speed bicycles, they’ve never actually been going that fast before,” said Bombers defensive tackle Doug Brown. “So, they wouldn’t know how hard it is to change speeds or pull up or whatever at that moment of impact.”

Other Bombers have defended Sears through their own Twitter accounts.

“We don’t back down,” Johnson said. “We’re not afraid of anything they have to say and this is football.

“At the end of the day, if they did do something dirty to him, it’s going to hurt them more than it’s going to hurt us.”

HASHMARKS: Safety Ian Logan called in sick and missed Tuesday’s practice … Both DB Deon Beasley and WR Greg Carr, who failed to finish Friday’s game due to injuries, practised Tuesday.

CFL STARS: B.C. QB Travis Lulay was named the CFL Offensive Player of the Week. Lions teammate Khalif Mitchell (defensive), Saskatchewan kicker Chris Milo (special teams) and Calgary WR Johnny Forzani (Canadian) were the others.

 


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