Good enough to shine in NFL

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:44 AM ET

Sticking up for the stars of the CFL, Calgary defensive end Rahim Abdullah believes there are several import players - including two from Edmonton - who could play in today's NFL.

"No one in the world can tell me that if Geroy Simon (B.C. Lions receiver) and Jason Tucker (Edmonton Eskimos) got the opportunity Chad Johnson (Cincinnati Bengals) got - not to just be on the team, but to get as many balls as he's got - that they wouldn't make the same amount of plays," Abdullah told a Calgary reporter.

"If they would have gave (Edmonton quarterback) Ricky Ray the opportunity to go with the first-team offence, please ..."

TRADE WARS: It's good to see public bickering continue in the CFL executive ranks.

The league's trade deadline came and went last week with barely a move.

It was in stark contrast to last year when Edmonton acquired Troy Davis and Dan Comiskey for Brock Ralph and Tay Cody in October before the deadline arrived.

At the time it was an incredibly lopsided swap that greatly helped the Esks.

Of course, Jason Maas was dealt to the Tabbies in December to reportedly finish the deal.

And according to one anonymous CFL executive, that deal is the reason why the deadline was moved one month earlier this year.

"We can't have that type of thing occurring in our league any more," he told the media.

"That helped Edmonton win the Grey Cup. We had to set an earlier date."

Presumably the executive is referring to the fact that teams aren't as willing to give up on their season by trading key parts - like Davis and Comiskey - in mid-September.

SHORT HITS: Fred Childress's 2001 Grey Cup ring is apparently for sale for $8,500 at a Calgary pawnshop ... Aaron Lockett was close to being dealt to the Toronto Argos last week for Keith Stokes, but the deal apparently fell apart over the quality of draft picks. Toronto also wanted a first-round selection, which Wally Buono didn't want to relinquish ... There are still 8,000 seats left for the Grey Cup in Winnipeg. Only 37,000 have been sold, but most of the downtown hotel rooms have been snapped up. So, event organizers have announced that rooms are available in Portage la Prairie, Gimli and Steinbach.


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