Burris still No. 1

ERIC FRANCIS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:44 AM ET

Just as talk began surfacing about Darian Durant emerging as perhaps the class of all CFL quarterbacks, Henry Burris reminds everyone who’s boss.

Oh sure, there are those who still cling to the notion Anthony Calvillo is the league’s most treasured pivot and others who suggest Durant is the league’s future stud.

Both good arguments.

What can’t be disputed is Burris’ knack for bouncing back.

Just when the whispers turn to talk-radio fodder, wondering if perhaps he can’t get it done like he used to, he does.

On Saturday, the Calgary Stampeders quarterback outclassed Durant, pacing the Stamps to a 20-point upset victory over a Saskatchewan Roughriders team few doubt is the CFL’s club to beat.

One week after offering up four interceptions in Toronto, Burris led the Stamps with four touchdown tosses and almost 300 passing yards while directing an offence that had success in every possible way.

It’s easy for fans to take some athletes for granted, but as he demonstrated again Saturday, Burris is not one of them.

He is the heart and soul of the Stampeders, and he just proved it again.

Now, more notes, quotes and anecdotes from a sports world wondering if it’s at all possible for there to be a slower time in pro sports than late July.

Around the horn

Had his putt not lipped out on the 18th hole Saturday at the RBC Canadian Open, Carl Pettersson would’ve joined just four other men to card a 59 on the PGA Tour. While his sensational 60 propelled him from the cutline to a Sunday victory, his third-round performance sparked memories of the 59 pieced together by David Duval (remember him?), which has got to be one of the most dramatic rounds in golf lore. Coming in the final round of the 1999 Bob Hope Classic, Duval hit a 5-iron to within six feet of the pin to eagle the final hole and win the tourney by one. Somehow, Paul Goydos’ first-round 59 at the John Deere Classic earlier this month doesn’t seem nearly as impressive … Nice call on CBS when, while describing the pudgy Pettersson, it was suggested the Swede could just as easily be in the World Series of Poker than the pro golf tour … Before choking away a four-stroke lead in the final round of yesterday’s Canadian Open, Dean Wilson had two claims to fame in the golf world. First, he was Mike Weir’s college roommate, who gained entry into the Canadian Open via a sponsor’s exemption Weir most certainly had something to do with. Second, it was the affable Hawaiian who had the eyes of the world on him (kind of) when he was paired to play with Annika Sorenstam when she tried her hand at The Colonial PGA Tour event in 2003. The two have since become good friends ... Good for the NHL for finally putting its foot down on the lengthy, front-loaded contracts that clearly contradict the spirit of the collective bargaining agreement. However, it appears from here the league has no legal leg to stand on in terms of nixing Ilya Kovalchuk’s deal. Time — and lawyers — will tell.

Parting gifts

Looks like former Flames first-rounder Brent Krahn (ninth overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft) may be in the best position ever to vie for an NHL goaltending job. The oft-injured former Hitmen netminder signed a one-year deal with the Dallas Stars, where the Calgary resident will battle with G Andrew Raycroft for the backup job behind G Kari Lehtonen. Finally healthy, Krahn says that after years of putting endless pressure on himself, he’s changed his approach to revolve around having fun again, as he did with the Hitmen … After years fighting one of the worst golf swings the game has ever seen, Charles Barkley has now decided to play the game left-handed … Not enough has been said about the merits of the CFL’s new drug-testing policy as its aim is not to punish or humiliate offenders but to rehabilitate them. In the policy, evidence of non-performance-enhancers/recreational drugs like marijuana is not considered an offence, which is prudent given its irrelevance and the fact the vast majority of Canadians aren’t tested for such substances, either.

eric.francis@sunmedia.ca


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