Canadian Football League

Friday, July 06, 2007

Former Canadian Football League player invovled in DNA case

A state forensics scientist who said she tested DNA in her husband's underwear to find out whether he was cheating could be disciplined if investigators determine she violated the use of state equipment.
Ann Chamberlain-Gordon of Okemos testified in a March 7 divorce hearing that she ran the test in September on the underwear of Charles Gordon Jr. Asked by his attorney what she found, she answered: "Another female. It wasn't me."
She also said during a May 25 hearing in Ingham County Family Court that she ran the test on her own time with chemicals that were set to be thrown away.
Michigan State Police, which oversees the Lansing forensics lab where Chamberlain-Gordon works, started to investigate her after her husband's attorney wrote to authorities and media outlets questioning how many times DNA tests have been improperly run.
Investigators expect to decide by next week what they found. Her duties have not been restricted during the investigation, state police spokeswoman Shanon Akans said Tuesday.
"We don't know exactly what was or wasn't done," Akans said.
State police policies on the care and use of property say "department supplies, materials or equipment shall not be used for any non-duty or non-department purpose."
A request for comment was left Tuesday with Chamberlain-Gordon.
Charles Gordon's attorney, Michael Maddaloni, said Tuesday that his client disputed his wife's testimony that he acknowledged a sexual encounter with another woman after she found the female DNA on his underwear.
Gordon played with the Canadian Football League as a defensive back from the early 1990s through 1997.
Chamberlain-Gordon received the award for Outstanding Contribution to the Michigan State Police Biological Services in 2006 for her research and method development in embryonic and fetal DNA recovery, according to Forensic Science Consultants Inc., which lists her among its workers.
Chamberlain-Gordon has worked for the state police as a forensic scientist since 1999 and supervised the biology unit in 2005, according to the company's Web site. She has given expert testimony in more than 50 cases, including at a widely publicized trial last year in the death of a boy slain by his adoptive parents

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Week #2 Canadian Football League Picks

Canadian Football League Week #2 Picks

Als Vs. Bombers:

Will tonight be the night Stegall breaks the TD record? It looks like a sell out crowd
will be on the hand. The Als did not put up much offence last week. Neither did the
Riders. Tonight the weather should not be a factor for the Als. The Bombers could
be in for another high scoring game.

Bombers by 15

Eskimos Vs. Lions:

The Eskimos and Ricky Ray where able to get the offence going last week at home.
The defence is still a project. Lions will be all over them.

Lions by 18

Argos Vs. Ti-Cats:

Stats wise Allen put up good numbers but with Bishop at QB, the Argos looked like
a team on a mission. Hamilton was in tough with a start in Calgary. These teams
play each other close. Look for a surprise.

Ti-Cats by 6

Stamps Vs. Riders:

Are the Stamps as good as the result from last week? No. But they are a good team.
This should be a great match.

Riders by 3

Last Week 2-2

Monday, July 02, 2007

Former Canadian Football League player still has NFL hopes

Andrae Thurman hopes to hook on with an NFL team prior to the 2007 season.
But at the moment, the former Southern Oregon University standout is happy to be playing on the No. 1 team in the Arena Football League.
who: Dallas Desperados receiver who has snared 61 passes for 787 yards and 17 touchdowns.
of note: Counting a stint with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League, Thurman has played nonstop for nearly a year.
QUOTE: "(Arena League Football) is almost like a 7-on-7 passing league. I've grown to like it a lot."
Thurman serves as one of the leading receivers for the Dallas Desperados, who registered an AFL-best 15-1 record heading into their playoff opener Saturday, when they host Columbus. The games are televised on ESPN.
Thurman played at SOU in 2003 after transferring from the University of Arizona.
"It's a fast-paced, exciting game, and it's tailor-made for receivers," said Thurman in reference to Arena League Football. "It's almost like a 7-on-7 passing league. I've grown to like it a lot."
Thurman has hauled in 61 passes for 787 yards and 17 touchdowns in the Desperados' 16 games, but that's only third-best on a team that averages 63.5 points per game. Will Pettis has 124 catches for 1,424 yards and 37 TDs, and former league MVP Marcus Nash has 77 catches for 1,080 yards and 20 TDs.
Quarterback Clint Dolezel, meanwhile, has thrown for 4,221 yards and a whopping 99 touchdowns.
That's what happens when skilled athletes match up 8-on-8 on a field that measures just 50 yards long and 85 feet wide.
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Thurman had brief stints with four NFL teams: the New York Giants, Houston, Tennessee and Green Bay twice. It looked like his NFL career might take off in 2005 when he saw action in 10 games with the Packers. He caught seven passes for 92 yards and returned eight kickoffs for 136 yards.
But Thurman was released after Mike McCarthy took over as head coach in January 2006.
"They were coming off a 4-12 season and a lot of changes had to be made," said Thurman. "One thing the new coaching regime wanted was bigger receivers, and I was let go."
Thurman enjoyed his short stay in Titletown, USA, however.
"I had the opportunity to play with who I believe is the best quarterback in NFL history (Brett Favre), and I learned a lot from guys like Donald Driver and Javon Walker," he said.
Thurman hoped his sliver of success in Green Bay would lead to another NFL opportunity. Instead, he found himself playing for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League in 2006. There, he rubbed elbows with Canada's version of Jerry Rice, 37-year-old Milt Stegall.
"He's one of those veterans who takes care of his body and can still play the game," said Thurman. "I've soaked up everything I can from these older guys. I've learned to take care of my body, eat right and do the little things that give you the best chance of success."
Dating to Winnipeg's training camp last June and an 18-game season, Thurman has gone a full year with only a month off the grid iron.
And if he has his way, he won't get a break anytime soon. NFL training camps open in late July, the same week as ArenaBowl XXI in New Orleans.
Thurman is hopeful of getting a tryout with the Dallas Cowboys, the Desperados' parent club. Cowboys receivers coach Ray Sherman mentored him in Green Bay.
"He (Sherman) fought for me when I was at Green Bay — we'll see how things go," said Thurman. "The arena league has been a great experience, and I wouldn't mind staying, but like any football player, my ultimate goal is the NFL