Canadian Football League

Friday, July 07, 2006

Former Canadian Football League player killed

Former St. Mary Parish deputy and Canadian Football League player Jerry Butler was shot and killed at his girlfriend's house.
The West Feliciana Sheriff's Office says 34-year-old Lea Williams was booked into the parish jail on manslaughter charges.
Investigators say Williams shot Butler during an argument.
Butler was fired from the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Department after being convicted of extortion.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Canadian Football League Week #4 Picks

Hamilton vs. Montreal:

Montreal unbeaten, Hamilton winless, they already met once in Hamilton.
No choice but to take the Als in this one. The only question is by how much.
The Als could start a little slow comming off a bye week.

Take the Als by 18

B.C. vs Edmonton:

What a thumping Edmonton took last week. B.C. on the other hand was destroying
the Argos but almost let it slip away. This could go either way. Another huge loss
for the Eskies at home and the 30+ streak of playoff appearances could be in serious
jeopardy. Should the Lions come out as strong as last week, look for them to put the
nail in the coffin in this one. I guess we will find out if Edmonton are that bad.

Lions by 10

Bombers vs. Argos:

This is a tough one to call. The Bombers won the first match on a defenisve battle.
The Bombers are riding high right now after the beating they put on Edmonton.
The locker room is actually a fun place to be in Winnipeg for the first time in quite
a few years. Wynn seemed to gain some confidence late last week.
Take the Argos by 12

Stamps vs. Riders:
With all the players change teams over the last few years, you know the Rider fans
will be pumped for this one. With the Riders having the bye this past week and
the Stamps not exactly convincing in any of their wins this year, take
the Riders by 15

Last week 2-1
Over-all 7-4

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Canadian Football League players of the week

Quarterback Kevin Glenn, linebacker Barrin Simpson and rush end Tom Canada, key figures in the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' 46-10 win last week over Edmonton, all received CFL player of the week honours Wednesday.
Glenn was the offensive player winner after completing 15-of-24 passes for 368 yards and three touchdowns. Simpson was named the top defensive player with eight tackles and added another on special teams while Canada captured the top lineman award with three tackles and a sack.
B.C. Lions slotback Geroy Simon was a finalist for the offensive player honour. Calgary linebacker John Grace and Lions safety Barron Miles were runners-up for the defensive player award.
Bombers Ibrahim Khan and Val St. Germain as well as Angus Reid of the B.C. Lions were considered for the lineman award.
Calgary kicker Sandro DeAngelis prevented the Bombers' sweep, capturing special-teams honours. DeAngelis booted three field goals, including a 45-yard try with no time remaining that earned the Stampeders a 23-22 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Canadian Football League player hung up at the border

Chris Cariou, The Winnipeg Free PressPublished: Wednesday, July 05, 2006
WINNIPEG - Kyries Hebert is hung up in Grand Forks, North Dakota, only 21/2 hours from Winnipeg, but perhaps farther away than ever from donning a Winnipeg Blue Bombers jersey.
Hebert, the highly sought-after linebacker/safety who initially refused to come to Winnipeg after being taken off the roster of the defunct Ottawa Renegades, was refused entry into Canada for the second time yesterday by Canada Customs officials at Emerson, Man. He had been rebuffed on Saturday as well.
"I can't say anything," Hebert said from Grand Forks via his cellphone. "I've been advised by my lawyer not to comment. I'm sorry."
Over the winter, Hebert was charged in a domestic abuse incident after he allegedly held his wife's head underwater while she was having a bath, threatening to kill her during an argument over a cellphone bill. His wife didn't want the case to go to trial and, after plea bargaining, the charges were reduced to misdemeanours. Hebert was fined $1,200 and court costs.
At the same time, Hebert rebuffed the Blue Bombers' interest and refused to report, saying he was a free agent and arguing he should be allowed to try out for an NFL job even though the Bombers had picked up the new contract he signed with the Renegades before they were folded by the Canadian Football League. He took the matter to arbitration, but then last week changed his mind and decided to report to Winnipeg.
He left his Houston home for Winnipeg last week, but now finds himself being put up in a Grand Forks hotel at the Bombers' expense.
"He's in Grand Forks right now, just waiting and biding his time, and, if we can get it worked out through the lawyers, we'll see where it goes," Bombers general manager Brendan Taman said. "They think he's a risk, that's all I know.
"Based on some people who have gotten into this country to work, I would hope it can get resolved," Taman added. "But I don't know. It's really out of our control. It's in the hands of the government's people that deal with that, and I can't say too much about it."
The Blue Bombers have an immigration lawyer, Ken Zaifman, working on the case.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Montford back with Canadian Football League Champs

The Edmonton Eskimos announced today that free agent All-Star defensive end Joe Montford has agreed to terms on a contract. After receiving medical clearance, Montford is expected to practice with the Eskimos on Tuesday.
A veteran of 11 CFL seasons, Montford appeared in 18 games for the Eskimos last season and posted 27 defensive tackles, 10 sacks, 4 forced fumbles. He was released by Edmonton on April 27th, 2006.
Long considered one of the league's top rush ends, Montford is a five time CFL and East Division All Star, and a three time winner of the CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player (1998, 2000, 2001).