Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Blue Bombers Look for Rare Win against Stampeders in 2017 Home Opener

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Blue Bombers Look for Rare Win against Stampeders in 2017 Home Opener

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Bombers look for rare win against Stampeders


WINNIPEG - Matt Nichols gave a little grin after he was reminded about something Bo Levi Mitchell said the last time the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Calgary Stampeders clashed.

It was last September in Calgary, and Mitchell's Stampeders were ahead 27-7 at halftime. The quarterback told a sideline TV reporter at the break that his team was "showing them who they are right now and we're going to keep showing them."

The Bombers picked themselves up in the second half, but kicker Rene Paredes booted a 52-yard field goal as time expired to give Calgary a 36-34 victory that halted Winnipeg's seven-game win streak.

On the eve of Winnipeg's CFL home-opener Friday against Calgary, Nichols said he and Mitchell -- Eastern Washington alumni and long-time friends -- talked about Mitchell's halftime jab, but he was keeping the conversation private.

"I know Bo and he's just a very confident guy," Nichols said Thursday after Winnipeg's walk-through.

"I've tried to almost take a little bit of that from his personality because I think that's something that gives him an edge and he's an extreme competitor. He's just a guy that seems like he never plays a bad game and so you know what to expect from him."

Mitchell recalled Nichols mentioned the comment to him in the off-season.

"It is what it is. I don't regret saying it one bit," Mitchell said. "It has nothing to do with the way we played in the second half. We just didn't play well when it came to the third quarter.

"When it came down to it, we got the job done and that's what matters."

Nichols said trash talking doesn't fuel him and the failed comeback attempt showed him one important thing.

"The main thing we can take from it was things could have been different if we would have started a little bit different in the first half," Nichols said. …

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