Canadian Football League

Friday, June 30, 2006

Canadian Football League player arrested

Police twice used a stun gun to restrain a Hamilton Tiger-Cat player who allegedly became unruly at a downtown bar after the team's home opener.
Mario Fatafehi, 27, was arrested shortly after midnight following last Saturday's loss to the Montreal Alouettes.
Sgt. Mike Webber said police officers were called to Tailgate Charlie's on John Street after a patron began yelling and throwing beer bottles and refused to leave.
He said officers twice used a Taser gun to restrain the intoxicated suspect, charged with causing a disturbance.
"He was apologetic. He indicated that earlier that day he was cut from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and that was his explanation," Sgt. Webber said.
"Unfortunately, because of the application of force and so forth, officers made the decision to charge him, with the support of the staff at the bar."
Scott McNaughton, the Tiger-Cats' manager of community and public relations, said Mr. Fatafehi was in fact still with the club.
"The Cats have no comment on the situation right now," Mr. McNaughton said Tuesday afternoon.
"He hasn't been released, He's still on the roster. We'll see what happens after Thursday's game," he added, referring to last night's game against the Calgary Stampeders.
Mr. Fatafehi, a six feet two inch, 300-pound import defensive tackle, had joined the Tiger-Cats June 1 after being waived by the NFL's Denver Broncos. He lives in Utah in the off-season.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Former Canadian Football League scout named Carolina Panthers director of college scouting

The Carolina Panthers have named Don Gregory as the team's director of college scouting, general manager Marty Hurney announced Thursday. Gregory brings 20 years of scouting experience to the Panthers after spending the last five seasons as the Kansas City Chiefs national scout in the South and Southeast.
"Don is a very experienced and talented evaluator who will fit in perfectly within our organization," Hurney said. "He will be a great addition to what we feel like is an extremely talented college scouting department."
Gregory worked as a scout with the San Diego Chargers under general manger Bobby Beathard from 1995-99, evaluating college talent and pro free agents. Next, he joined the XFL's Las Vegas Outlaws in 2000 as the director of player personnel. Gregory scouted colleges in the Southwest region of the United States for the National Football Scouting Combine in 1994.
He broke into scouting in the Canadian Football League in 1986. Gregory served two stints with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and also worked one year for the Edmonton Eskimos in 1993. Additionally, he spent two years as a scout for the San Antonio Riders of the World League of American Football from 1990-91.
Gregory played linebacker at Wenatchee (WA) Junior College from 1974-75 before transferring to Portland State in 1976. He ended his collegiate career at Whitworth College in Spokane, WA, where he earned a bachelor's degree in recreation with a minor in physical education and therapeutic recreation while working as a graduate assistant in 1979. Gregory then played six years of semi-professional football for the Spokane Goldenhawks, spending the last two seasons as a player-coach.

Canadian Football League week # 3 Picks

Ti-Cats vs. Stamps

This is a very big game for the Cats. A 0-3 start could lead to another off year for Hamilton
and have to play catch up in the East race. The Stamps seem to be still trying find their
grove. Last week McMannus looked more of a leader on the bench then Henry Burris.

Stamps at home by 15

Argos vs Lions

Was Winnipeg's defence that good last game or was Wynn not the answer. Spergeon is
no Damon Allen. Lions could have been 2-0 with a little luck on their side.

Lions at hom by 17

Eskimos vs. Bombers

The Grey Cup champs do not seem to be as strong as last year. Although they did start
a little slow last year and peaked at the right time. The talk of the league was the Bombers
only giving up 79 yards on defence. This unit is head and shoulders above last years but
unless Kevin Glenn can get the Bombers going on offence this could be a very long night
for the defence. They will be tested this week. If the Blue do get the offence in gear we
like their chances. But until they prove it on the field, got go with Grey Cup Champs.

Eskimos by 12

Last week 2-2 over-all 5-3

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Canadian Football League players of the week

Receiver Jason Tucker, whose two touchdown catches earned the Edmonton Eskimos an 18-14 win over the Calgary Stampeders, was named the CFL's offensive player of the week Wednesday.
Tucker finished the game with eight catches for 152 yards as Edmonton earned the split of its opening two games versus Calgary.
Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray was a finalist for the award.
Winnipeg defensive end Ron Warner captured defensive player honours. Warner had four sacks and three tackles in the Bombers' 16-9 home win over Toronto, holding the Argonauts offence to just 72 net yards.
Cornerback Almondo Curry and linebacker Kitwana Jones, both of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, were finalists.
Bombers defensive tackle Doug Brown was named top lineman. Brown had three tackles and a sack versus Toronto.
Offensive linemen Ibrahim Khan of Winnipeg and Scott Flory of Montreal also garnered consideration for the award.
Rookie Luca Congi was the top special-teams player. Congi made all three field goals he tried and added three converts in Saskatchewan's 32-24 win over the B.C. Lions. He also averaged 39 yards on six punts.
Calgary kicker Sandro DeAngelis and Toronto's punter-kicker Noel Prefontaine were finalists.