A crowd of at least 28,000 is expected tonight when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers take on the Toronto Argonauts at Canad Inns Stadium in the final pre-season game for both clubs.

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A crowd of at least 28,000 is expected tonight when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers take on the Toronto Argonauts at Canad Inns Stadium in the final pre-season game for both clubs.

A team spokesman said Wednesday afternoon that only 1,500 tickets were still available and it could be less than that by the time they go on sale to the public at 1 p.m. this afternoon, which is when the deadline to purchase 2011 season tickets expires.

The Bombers have sold over 21,000 season tickets so far.

NOT IN THE LINEUP: A total of 66 players will be in Blue and Gold tonight (remember, no roster limits for pre-season games), meaning five names are absent from the bloated Bombers depth chart.

Those sitting out: LB Henoc Muamba (knee), WR Greg Carr (hamstring), WR Aaron Hargreaves (ankle), WR Damian Sherman (hamstring) and LS Chris Cvetkovic (calf).

Of those five, the most interesting story is that of Sherman, who is trying to make the club with little to no time on the field. Though his hamstring injury has kept him out of action since the start of training camp, he's been given a huge window by the club to recover -- a luxury some players didn't get.

"He tweaked it last week, so I think he's still got some time away," Bombers coach Paul LaPolice said.

TV TIME: If you're not at Canad Inns Stadium tonight, listen for an interesting twist to the CFL-TSN audio experiment.

The head coaches, LaPolice and Toronto sideline boss Jim Barker, along with the quarterbacks, will be wearing live microphones during the game and all will be on a 10-second delay. That delay is to edit talk of injuries, questionable language, and other sensitive issues that could pop up throughout the course of a game.

The game action will be described by Rod Black. Then, the TSN trucks will turn up the volume on the coaches and players, to hopefully hear the process around the play-call decision and possibly the conversation in the huddle.

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Paul Wiecek

Paul Wiecek
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Paul Wiecek was born and raised in Winnipeg’s North End and delivered the Free Press -- 53 papers, Machray Avenue, between Main and Salter Streets -- long before he was first hired as a Free Press reporter in 1989.