You dirty, stinking rat!

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:31 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- Call it a prank gone very wrong.

But it also might be the funniest thing to happen in the B.C. Lion locker-room in the last five years.

Carl Kidd dumped a bowl of water on kicker Paul McCallum while he was reading the newspaper on the throne in the Lion locker- room earlier this week.

But while his quiet technique of sneaking up to the stall and dumping water was perfect, Kidd hit the wrong person.

"It was an accident," he admitted yesterday.

"Usually you catch a rookie or a new guy on the team on the (toilet) like that.

"I looked up under there and saw some feet, but I didn't know it was Paul.

"If I had known it was a 14-year veteran (on the toilet) I would have never pulled that one."

REVENGE IS SWEET

But that didn't stop McCallum from getting revenge rather quickly.

"I actually stood up (off the toilet) and just got in my car and went (to the pet store)," said McCallum.

"(Kidd) made a mistake a long time ago telling me what his weakness was."

That weakness is mice.

McCallum found a suitable replacement in a brown hamster, bought for $5 at a store, and promptly returned to the Lions' compound to place the little gaffer in Kidd's locker.

"There were too many people involved - as far as knowing what was going on - so the joke sort of got out, but the point got across," said McCallum.

Two Vancouver TV crews were tipped to the coming revenge and focused on Kidd as he peeked in his locker, catching the surprised look.

"A big (rat) would probably make me fall down and faint," admitted Kidd.

"Hamsters are cute, they're alright, but I am keep my distance from them."

And to ensure he doesn't have to see another four-legged creature near his locker, Kidd didn't waste any time trying to broker a deal with his kicker.

"He came up to me the next day and wanted a truce, immediately," cracked McCallum.

PAY UP

But Kidd is also working on another deal with McCallum - a financial deal.

The seven-year CFL veteran confirmed to the Sun yesterday that he has been fined $500 by the CFL head office for throwing an uppercut at Winnipeg's Adrian Baird last week.

The special teams dynamo was coming to McCallum's defence after Baird had needlessly shoved him while out of bounds.

"(McCallum) does need to help me pay my fine," stated Kidd.

"And he said he was going to help."

But no word on how much cash McCallum will offer up.

ALIVE & KICKIN': Tonight's game features an intriguing match-up of two kickers who are incredibly accurate inside B.C. Place. McCallum hasn't missed a field-goal attempt at home this year (8-for-8), while Edmonton's Sean Fleming has missed just one kick in Vancouver (7-for-8) in two seasons.


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