Canadian Football League

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Canadian Football League Week #20 Picks

Riders Vs. Eskimos

In a game that means nothing, the Riders will be resting players. The Eskimos would
like to end the year on a positive note.

Eskimos by 9

Als Vs. Argos

Huge game. Neither team showed anything last week against teams who had nothing
to play for. Tough to call. Because they are at home,

Argos by 12

Bombers Vs. Lions
Should the Argos beat the Als in the afternoon game, the Bombers with a win against
the Lions would secure a cold November home playoff game. Stegall needs 2 TD's
to break the all time TD record, these should be reasons for the Bombers to win.
The Bombers have a great road record and have defeated every team this year
but B.C. All this should say Bomber win. Key word is should.

Lions by 13

Last Week 2-2 Over-All 41-28

Ranek looking for another Canadian Football League team

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats released running back Josh Ranek, the CFL club announced Thursday.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Canadian Football League award nominees

Montreal Alouettes slotback Ben Cahoon is among five first-time nominees for the CFL's outstanding player award this season.

The league announced the 10 nominees for its yearly end-of-season honours on Tuesday, with Cahoon earning his team's nomination for the outstanding player and outstanding Canadian awards.
Forty voting members of the Football Reporters of Canada were asked to select players from their local CFL club for the six award categories. The East and West Division finalists for each of the awards will be announced on Oct. 31.
The CFL regular season wraps up Saturday and the road to the Grey Cup final begins Nov. 5 with the East and West Division semifinals.
Cahoon was named Montreal's outstanding player nominee for the first time in his career. Other first-time nominees include Toronto's Arland Bruce III, Tay Cody of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Calgary's Joffrey Reynolds and Geroy Simon of the B.C. Lions.
This marks the fifth year in a row Cahoon has been selected the Alouettes' nominee for outstanding Canadian. Cahoon won the award in 2002 and 2003.
Full list of nominees:
Outstanding Player East: Ben Cahoon (Montreal), Arland Bruce III (Toronto), Tay Cody (Hamilton), Charles Roberts (Winnipeg) West: Kenton Keith (Saskatchewan), Joffrey Reynolds (Calgary), Ricky Ray (Edmonton), Geroy Simon (B.C.)
Outstanding Canadian East: Ben Cahoon (Montreal), Kevin Eiben (Toronto), Rob Hitchcock (Hamilton), Doug Brown (Winnipeg) West: Scott Schultz (Saskatchewan), Sandro DeAngelis (Calgary), Dan Comiskey (Edmonton), Brent Johnson (B.C.)
Outstanding Defensive Player East: Anwar Stewart (Montreal), Byron Parker (Toronto), Tay Cody (Hamilton), Barrin Simpson (Winnipeg) West: Fred Perry (Saskatchewan), Brian Clark (Calgary), Robert Brown (Edmonton), Brent Johnson (B.C.)
Outstanding Lineman East: Scott Flory (Montreal), Jude St. John (Toronto), George Hudson (Hamilton), Ibrahim Khan (Winnipeg) West: Jeremy O'Day (Saskatchewan), Jay McNeil (Calgary), Joe McGrath (Edmonton), Rob Murphy (B.C.)
Outstanding Rookie East: Etienne Boulay (Montreal), Raymond Fontaine (Toronto), Lawrence Gordon (Hamilton), Arjei Franklin (Winnipeg) West: Luca Congi (Saskatchewan), J.R. Ruffin (Calgary), Adam Braidwood (Edmonton), Aaron Hunt (B.C.)
Outstanding Special Teams Player East: Avon Cobourne (Montreal), Noel Prefontaine (Toronto), Rob Hitchcock (Hamilton), Albert Johnson III (Winnipeg) West: Luca Congi (Saskatchewan), DeAngelis (Calgary), Mike Maurer (Edmonton), Paul McCallum (B.C.)

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Former Canadian Football League kicker enters Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame

Terry Baker was halfway through university before he even found a position on the football field.
Two decades later, he’s in the CFL record books and the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame.
"I guess it was after my fourth year of university, my second year of playing, that I thought maybe I’d found my niche," said Baker, who spent 16 seasons in the CFL as a kicker with four teams. "I was really fortunate to play professionally, and to play for 16 years was really quite something."
The Bridgewater native was one of 10 new inductees into the provincial hall of fame on Thursday in a ceremony in Halifax.
After a university football career at Mount Allison — where he first became a kicker after playing linebacker at Cobequid Education Centre — and Acadia, Baker played for Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Saskatchewan in the CFL, winning two Grey Cups. He led the league in scoring twice and ranks eighth on the CFL’s all-time scoring list.
"It’s pretty special to be part of the sport legacy of Nova Scotia," Baker said. "To be a Nova Scotian and play as many years in the CFL as I did, I felt very distinct. There weren’t too many of us, and it was really a privilege and an honour."
Also going into the Hall on Thursday were harness racing driver David Pinkney of Yarmouth, tennis standout Ken Reardon Sr. of Halifax, trap shooter John Giovannetti of Port Morien, and boxer Chris Clarke of Halifax in the athlete category.
"This is one of the biggest days of my life," said Clarke, who went 130-9 as a fighter and was the first Canadian boxer to win a gold medal at the Pan-Am Games. "I’ve been shooting for this since I was 10 years old."
Sailors Judy Lugar and Morag McLean, the first Nova Scotians to claim a world title at the world sailing championships in Spain in 1986, were inducted in the team category along with the 1981 Fishermen’s Market midget boys fastpitch team, which won a national title.
Joining in the builder category were AHL president David Andrews of Halifax, curling administrator Muriel Fage of Amherst, and jack-of-all-trades Courtney Parks Malcolm of New Glasgow, who coached hockey and helped start the New Glasgow Track and Field Club and the Pictou County Twilight Baseball Club.
Andrews, who helped bring a Calder Cup to Cape Breton as general manager of the AHL’s Oilers in 1993, said he was proud to be recognized as a Nova Scotian. He still owns a home in Digby County.
"I feel very fortunate to be able to work at something my whole life that I really love, and to have some success at it," he said. "There are very few Canadians in jobs like mine."