Technically robbery

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:11 AM ET

The official explanation came from the CFL head office yesterday but that didn't make the revoked touchdown any easier to forget for the Calgary Stampeders.

When lining up for a field goal in Thursday's 41-23 win over the Montreal Alouettes, the Stamps instead had holder Brett Ralph pitch the ball to Wes Cates, who ran 38 yards for a touchdown.

But the Stamps were flagged for an illegible receiver and the detailed reason was released yesterday:

"Before each game, the referee meets with the head coach of each team and is given a list of eligible-numbered players (one to 49 and 70 to 99), who will line up in ineligible positions on kick plays.

"If one player on the list plays an ineligible position (tackle to tackle), then all players on the list are not eligible to catch a pass.

"On this play, Calgary's No. 76, (Randy Chevrier), was the centre, making all players on the list ineligible receivers, including Calgary's No. 25 (Wes Cates), who caught the pass."

The refs made the correct call but no one would have complained if they let the touchdown stand.

"It's a finicky ruling and the Stamps believed Cates could be eligible for the play."

The Stamps have practised the play heavily for the past month but it has never gone as smoothly as it did in the game.

Cates was robbed of his first CFL touchdown basically due to a technicality.

"They've been trying to get me the ball more and I appreciate it," Cates said.

"I'm just trying to make things happen. I wish I would have gotten in the endzone to get my first CFL touchdown.

"I still have eight more games."

EXTRA POINTS: Stamps DB Coby Rhinehart raised his team-leading interception total to four by picking off Nealon Greene and Anthony Calvillo once each Thursday ... Stamps LB Brian Clark finished with 13 more rushing yards than Alouettes starting RB Robert Edwards after Clark took off for 29 yards on a fake punt.


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