Want some advice?

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:49 AM ET

Off the field, Sean Fleming is pretty good at offering advice in the financial world with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

But his advice service doesn't stop there.

Proving the kicking fraternity is tight, Paul McCallum phoned Fleming this winter to discuss his future.

At the time, McCallum was about to hit the free-agent market -- and Fleming gave him some very interesting advice.

"Based on what I had observed on certain ways he had been treated, he needed to get out of (Regina) and start somewhere fresh," recalled Fleming.

"I thought B.C. would be his best situation.

"Duncan (O'Mahony) was struggling at the field-goal position and I thought Paul would fit in well there."

And that is exactly what happened, as McCallum signed with the Lions, leaving Regina behind.

McCallum had been Saskatchewan's kicker for 12 consecutive years, but was heavily criticized for missing an 18-yard field goal in overtime in the 2004 Western final.

In fact, McCallum's house was the target of an angry fan dumping a truckload of manure after the game.

After returning to the Riders in 2005, GM Roy Shivers only offered him a reduced contract this winter.

"Unfortunately, he will be known for that one kick in the playoffs, but I think he has got a bit of a raw deal," continued Fleming.

"He was a scapegoat.

"Nobody ever talked about Kenton Keith's fumble on the goal-line (in the Western final) or a touchdown being called back because of a holding penalty."


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