Terrific combo is online

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:22 AM ET

Timing is everything for a receiver - and Hugh Campbell was constantly in sync with legendary quarterback Ron Lancaster.

"If I could get open a step, Ronnie could get it there," said Campbell.

For six seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Campbell got that step he needed and Lancaster delivered.

So it comes as no surprise that the dynamite pairing from the 1960s is the latest tandem in the CFL's contest to find the greatest quarterback and receiver combination.

Although the pair shared the Regina spotlight with George Reed, who rushed nearly 30 times a game, Campbell and Lancaster still connected for 284 completions, 4,941 yards and 59 touchdowns, including a then-CFL record 17 receiving majors during the team's 1966 championship year.

The potent Rider connection is the third pairing to be announced in the summertime contest, joining Warren Moon/Brian Kelly (Edmonton) and Khari Jones/Milt Stegall (Winnipeg).

Six more will be unveiled before online voting begins on the CFL's website (www.cfl.ca) in August.

But Campbell - the Edmonton Eskimos' CEO - doesn't hold much hope of winning because most of the computer generation never saw them play.

"I would say the chances (of winning) are rather remote, but I think we qualify to be considered," said Campbell.

"I have mixed emotions anyway. It would be an honour for me - having coached Brian (Kelly) and Warren (Moon) - to have them come out and win."

REGINA REUNION: After watching the Eskimos battle the B.C. Lions at Commonwealth Stadium tonight, Campbell will board a plane tomorrow for Regina, as the Roughriders are hosting a 40-year reunion of the 1966 Grey Cup team this weekend.

"It is going to make us feel young again," said Campbell. "It's going to be an invigorating weekend where it gives you a new spirit going forward."

Before 1966, the Riders had never won a CFL championship - and to this date, the franchise has only won two Grey Cups. Nearly every living member of the team will be in Regina for the weekend festival.

EXTRA POINTS: Current Esks receiver coach R.D. Lancaster is also scheduled to arrive in Regina tomorrow night, getting a rare chance to visit with his father during the season.


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