Canadian Football League

Friday, July 28, 2006

Kick for a million returns to Canadian Football League

Kick for a Million is returning to the CFL and, if somebody wins, there'll be a one-time payoff this time.
Brian Diesbourg, a 25-year-old mechanical engineer from Belle River, Ont., won the grand prize last October in the promotion's first instalment when he kicked a 50-yard field goal during halftime of a game.
Wendy's, the fast-food chain, sponsored the contest which will pay Diesbourg $25,000 a year for 40 years.
While Diesbourg said he was satisfied with the payment setup, some fans complained after being under the impression there'd be a lump-sum prize. Some even swore to boycott Wendy's.
League broadcaster TSN announced Friday that Kick for a Million is returning and that a successful 50-yard kick will result in the one-time payout. The event will be staged when Saskatchewan plays at Toronto on Oct. 20.
Entries opened Friday ( and will be accepted through Sept. 10. One person - selected at random - will get the chance to kick during the game. In addition, more than $1 million in instant prizes can be won through cup lids in the in-restaurant promotion.
A successful kick from 50 yards will result in a one-time payment of $1 million, a 2006 Chevrolet Avalanche can be had with a good 40-yard kick, a $15,000 Best Buy shopping spree is at stake from 30 yards, and a $10,000 travel voucher is up for grabs from 20 yards.
The selected participant will get a one-hour practice with Argonauts kicker Noel Prefontaine one day prior to the game.
"Last year's contest culminated with one of the most memorable sports moments of 2005 with a young, everyday CFL fan beating the odds in dramatic fashion that made highlight reels across North America," said TSN president Phil King. "This year we've expanded what was already the largest and most successful promotion in TSN history with more lucrative prizes."
TSN says 829,000 watched Diesbourg's kick, while 462,000 viewers took in the entire game. Nearly 200,000 online entries were received.

Canadian Football League Week # 7 Picks

Bombers vs. Ti-Cats:
Will Maas play or not? If he plays, they probably win. If not, don't bet on it.
The Bombers are 4-2 and the Ti-Cats are 1-5. On paper it looks like the Bombers.
However combined these teams have 7 losses and 5 are to the Als.
With Maas out, Take the Bombers by 13

Als vs. Eskimos:
The Grey Cup champs are hurting after last weeks big melt down and have yet
to show they will repeat. You have to figure the Als will lose sooner or later.
They get the chance to play someone other then Hamilton or Winnipeg.
Take the Als by 10

Lions vs. Argos:
The Argos get a chance to come home but injuries are taking their toll on Pinball's team.
Lions destroyed the Argos back in June and will do so again.

Lions by 17

Stamps vs. Riders:
Rider fans have Rolling Stones tickets on their mind but the Rider D-line better have
Burris on their mind as he just loves to make the Riders pay. This is a tough call.
Give the slight advantage to the Riders at home. Riders by 3

Last week 2-2 Over-all 10-12

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Canadian Football League Players Of The Week

Winnipeg Blue Bombers wide receiver Milt Stegall was named the CFL's offensive player of the week on Wednesday.

Stegall split two defenders and scored a 100-yard touchdown on the final play of the game to lift Winnipeg to a 25-22 victory over the Eskimos in Edmonton last Thursday. Stegall finished the game with 10 receptions for 254 yards.
B.C. Lions safety Barron Miles won the defensive award. Miles intercepted two passes which led to 10 points in B.C.'s 43-20 road win over the Calgary Stampeders last Friday. Miles also had three tackles, one forced fumble and a pass knockdown.
Riall Johnson of the Toronto Argonauts was named lineman of the week. Johnson recorded five tackles, two sacks and forced a fumble, helping the Argos defeat the Saskatchewan Roughriders 26-23 on Saturday. The victory was Toronto's first on the road this season.
Johnson's teammate, Bashir Levingston, won the special teams player award. Livingston became the first player this season to return a kick for a touchdown in the win over Saskatchewan.
Levingston ran back a first quarter punt 88 yards for the early score and finished the game with three punt returns for 99 yards.