It was in the minutes after the Blue Bombers loss to the Riders, Thursday, and I was in the home team’s locker-room, picking my way through the defence.
Much more gently than Riders running back Jerome Messam just had.
Where Messam brought trouble, though, I just had questions.
Like Messam, I got into the secondary, beginning with Chris Randle, a first-year Bomber with the bitter taste of loss No. 2 fresh on his tongue.
“Those are the hard ones to take,” Randle said. “Because we were in a position to win that game. It’s just a hard one to take.”
The difference, the former Stampeder said, Saskatchewan’s defence beat Winnipeg’s at its own game: going after the ball.
The Riders defence forced three fumbles and three interceptions, taking one of each in for a touchdown.
“They score on their defence and we didn’t score on ours,” Randle said. “That’s a huge difference."