CFLers show NHL no pity

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 6:49 AM ET

CALGARY -- As professional athletes, players in the CFL have a unique opinion of the lockout that has shut down the NHL. "Besides the CFL, all other pro sports are overpaid," said Renegades centre George Hudson.

"If the average salary (in the NHL) is $1.8 million (US), then it's crazy. I don't understand why these guys can't think about playing for less money or be playing with a cap."

Hudson made $32,000 a year during his first two seasons in the league with Edmonton.

"There's a big difference between us and them," said Hudson. "In their first three seasons, they're playing for, what, upwards of $400,000 (US)?"

The CFL average salary is about $50,000 Cdn, while the average salary for an NHLer is $1.8 million US.

"Are we jealous they make that kind of money? Of course we are," Stamps offensive lineman Jay McNeil told the Calgary Sun.

Renegades offensive lineman Chris Burns said he agrees with Jeremy Roenick's take on the stalemate between the NHL and the players' union.

"He said, 'We're all greedy bastards.' The players, the owners, everybody," said Burns. "We're in a different league, both figuratively and literally, so it's tough to compare. But it's tough to fault guys for wanting the keep the situation they have.

"The owners got themselves in that situation," added Burns. "Now they're trying to change the status quo to protect themselves from themselves. I think if there's fault for getting into this situation, you can't blame the players."

A LATE START: Renegades K Sandro Sciortino travelled to Calgary on an afternoon flight yesterday after getting a medical check-up in Ottawa. The team said the exam did not involve an injury or illness that would prevent the rookie from playing tonight.

CRANDELL AT THE HELM: Stamps coach Matt Dunigan named Marcus Crandell the team's starting QB for the game, opting to play the veteran instead of rookies Tommy Jones or Michael Souza. The Renegades faced Jones during the club's previous meeting this year, a comeback 31-30 Ottawa win on July 29.


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