Good, bad and ugly (for Esks)

Winnipeg Blue Bombers slotback Milt Stegall has made the biggest play this season, producing a...

Winnipeg Blue Bombers slotback Milt Stegall has made the biggest play this season, producing a come-from-behind win in Edmonton. (Winnipeg Sun File/Brian Donogh)

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:14 AM ET

The first half of the CFL regular season has seemingly offered a little bit of everything.

From a last-second 100-yard touchdown to a coach flipping the bird on national TV to a bonehead fan with a whistle, it has definitely been a very interesting 10 weeks.

In a special edition of MMQ, here are the awards for the good, the bad and ugly - plus a primer for the second half.

BIGGEST PLAY

MILT STEGALL, WR, BLUE BOMBERS

After fumbling away a chance to seal the win and watching Edmonton take a three-point lead, Winnipeg was left with 100 yards of real estate and one play to somehow produce a come-from-behind victory on July 20.

Cue the Milton Miracle at Commonwealth.

With Edmonton blitzing but asking their remaining four players in the secondary to play a deep zone, Stegall easily beat Keyuo Craver and Malcolm Frank to score a touchdown.

"I can't recall seeing anything like that in any league in my life," Bomber GM Brendan Taman told the media. "Yogi Berra will be happy. That truism that it's never over until it's over never meant much to me until now."

BEST CLUTCH PLAYER

SANDRO DEANGELIS, K, STAMPEDERS

Nailed not one, but two walk-off field goals in the first half of the season, including a 53-yarder to end Montreal's unbeaten streak at seven games.

BIGGEST BUST

ARGOS SIGNING RICKY WILLIAMS

Bringing Williams to Canada has been a waste of time and money for the Argos so far.

With a putrid run-blocking offensive line, Williams rarely found a hole to run free before he broke his arm in Regina. On 57 carries, he recorded 231 yards. That's a 4.1-yard average.

Allegedly signing a contract that could pay him almost $500,000 this season, Williams has done next to nothing to increase attendance anywhere in the league and is now being paid to heal his broken wing.

MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER

GEROY SIMON, SB, LIONS

Only once in the last 17 years has a receiver - Milt Stegall, 2002 - been named the Most Outstanding Player in the CFL, but Simon is on pace for the award this year.

Although the Lions lost Jason Clermont for a large chunk of the opening half, Simon has somehow consistently eluded the extra attention from defences to already pass the 1,000-receiving yard mark on the season and score nine TDs.

To be blunt, he's the top receiver in the game and most lethal threat to score. With a couple of extraordinary games in the second half, he could break the all-time single-season record for receiving yards (2,036).

OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER, OUTSTANDING CANADIAN

BRENT JOHNSON, DE, LIONS

All he has done so far is lead the CFL in sacks (11), record two INTS and score a TD on offence.

COSTLIEST HIT

WAYNE SHAW ON DAMON ALLEN

With a late hit on Allen in the first game of the year, Shaw cost his Hamilton teammates a few yards in penalties but hurt Toronto much more. Allen was sidelined for weeks with a broken finger, leaving T.O. to flounder to a 3-5 start before he returned to his old form this past weekend.

MOST CLASSLESS

BOMBERS COACHES FLIP THE BIRD

Winnipeg coaches Doug Berry and Greg Marshall each flipped the middle finger from their sideline, apparently mad Montreal was running up the score to the tune of 44-16 in early July. TV cameras caught the act, beaming it into homes across the nation.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

HAMILTON TIGER-CATS

Yes, Edmonton is definitely struggling, but Hamilton loaded up in the off-season - acquiring Jason Maas, Josh Ranek, Corey Holmes, George Hudson, Terry Vaughn - and is absolutely brutal right now.

At 2-8, the Tabbies have the worst record in the league and have scored two points at home in their last two games.

BEST FANS

HAMILTON

Forget Rider Pride, Ticat fans are incredibly faithful, pouring into Ivor Wynne this summer at the rate of 27,723 per game.

MOST BIZARRE PLAY

FANS WHISTLE COSTS B.C. A TD

Some bonehead fan at Canad Inn Stadium blew a whistle during a play on which the Lions' Jason Clermont had scored a touchdown. Because of that whistle, the refs nullified the score.

"Like somebody said, maybe next week what we should do is give out 30,000 whistles," said Lions head coach Wally Buono.


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