Rules, some say, are made to be broken and methinks one has to be broken and in short order. This is rule two for selection to the McMahon Stadium Wall of Fame that states: Only players that played with the Calgary Stampeders for five or more years are eligible. You might remember the name of Doug Flutie, maybe the most talented player to ever wear the Red and White jersey. Well, he only played with the Stamps for four years, not enough for a spot on the wall.
That has to change, in my opinion. As one of 14 members of the selection committee, I will demand -- and have behind the scenes -- Flutie be added right away and not only because this week he was selected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
I received my ballot this week and have been asked to list 10 names I believe worthy of joining the 30 former greats and builders up there and I could well fill each line with the name of Flutie. Just checking the Stampeders fact book provides enough evidence of his talent that should overcome the fact he didn't get to play here five years. Total passing yards in a career, well ahead of Peter Liske who played the necessary five years, is the one that sticks out most for me. But he also is first, second and third in passing yards for a season, first in passing yards for a game, first in passes attempts in his career, first, second and third in attempts in a season, and first in attempts in a game, with 63.
He also is the Stampeders' best in completions in a career, in a season (first, second and third) and in a game, while finishing well in front of Jeff Garcia in touchdown passes in a career, ahead of Liske in TD passes in a season while tying Liske and Garcia for touchdowns in one game, with six. He did this playing four brilliant seasons with the Stamps from 1992-1995.
I was one of the original handpicked members of this committee as put together almost 25 years ago by the late Lou Goodwin, and we put together the criteria for selection. But, as I said at the outset, rules are made to be broken and this one has to be this season. The plan is to add two this season, and Flutie better be one of them.
Still with the Stamps, they got a major bonus Friday when defensive warrior Randy Chevrier came in to say thanks for letting me give the National Football League a shot, but can I have my old locker back? Solved is a major question as to who would have replaced him as a long-snapper had he cracked a line-up south of the border. Add to that he should be back writing a weekly column here in the Sun, which was always informative and entertaining. He's a good guy to have around.
And in trying to help the public image, which I don't think was particularly damaged, the club made another smooth move in naming former offensive-line stars Jay McNeil and Rocco Romano as community ambassadors. The Stamps do a lot behind the scenes most never hear about, but with Rocco and Jaybird they can cover the things that won't allow current players to do during the regular season.
PRO-ACTIVE GOLF MOVES
Not much movement on the local golf scene, but we should note long-time Douglasdale pro Dennis Bradley is back in the area. He will take over the pro-shop at Water Valley, a track that I've heard a lot of good things about but have never seen. I certainly will this season. And former Calgary Buffaloes goaltender, turned cop, turned dry goods salesman, turned liquor rep, turned bar operator, Mike Berridge has now turned to golf. He's taken over the pro shop at the Dinosaur Valley Golf Club in Drumheller. This guy really gets around.
And golfers, don't fret the snow of yesterday and last week. John Wilson out at Heritage Point and Tiffany Gordon at Cottonwood both called this week and said it's a bonus because it provides some much needed moisture with another season about to begin.