’ 07 loss haunts ex- Bombers
Berry, Simpson still cursing over Cup defeat to Riders
EDMONTON — Interesting ditty told this week by Brendan Taman, the Saskatchewan Roughriders GM... So there was Taman just passing by Doug Berry when he heard the Roughrider offensive co-ordinator let loose a curse word while watching TV.
“( Many expletives),” I can’t believe he missed that tackle,” Taman overheard Berry yell at the tube.
“ You know what game he was watching?” said Taman. “ The 2007 Grey Cup.”
Yes there are some rather dominant themes to the 98th Grey Cup game today in Edmonton, the biggest for the Roughriders being the chance to avenge last year’s loss to the Montreal Alouettes and take some sting off the 13th-man debacle.
But for someone like Berry — new to the Riders this year along with former Bomber assistant Bob Dyce and others — the game represents an opportunity to wash away the bitterness that may still linger from losing the 2007 Grey Cup to Saskatchewan. Same goes for linebacker Barrin Simpson, who lost the 2006 game as a member of the B. C. Lions, was a Bomber for their loss in 2007 and is back again with the Riders.
“ I want it bad,” said Simpson Saturday after the Riders’ final walk-through practice of the 2010 season. “ We want it bad as a team and it’s definitely in our power to get it done and celebrate after the game.
“ We haven’t done any celebrating this week, the party is for everybody else. We’re here for business and trying to get this Grey Cup ring.”
Asked if wearing Rider green still feels weird after wearing Lions and Bombers colours for so long, Simpson grinned.
“ The only time it was different was when I signed,” he said. “ It was like, ‘ Wow, you’re in green now.’ But it feels right. It feels good. Third team, third Grey Cup with a different team. Hopefully, when we finish this game, the difference will be having a ring on my finger.”
Just for the record, on Saturday both Simpson — bum ankle — and veteran corner Omarr Morgan were green-lighted to play by the Rider staff.
“ I’m healthy. I’m good to go and that’s what it comes down to,” Simpson said. “ When we line up ( today) you’ll see No. 2 out there along with the rest of our boys. We’re going to get after it.”