Jamie Boreham will come back to Winnipeg this week riding the biggest high of his pro football career.
Not that the Hamilton Tiger-Cats placekicker was excited about kicking a game-winning field goal against the Edmonton Eskimos or anything.
"Coach just told me, 'Go kick me a field goal,' so I went and kicked one," a low-key Boreham told the Hamilton Spectator Friday night, just moments after his 47-yarder sailed through the uprights to give the Ticats a 30-27 win.
The game, up to that point, had been a rough one for the former University of Manitoba Bisons kicker-safety. He missed two 15-yard attempts and a 34-yarder earlier in the contest, and it looked like those flubs were going to cost the Tabbies the game.
"I kicked like a goof in the first half," Boreham noted.
He even refused to take any credit at all for the win.
"I didn't win the game. The defence and the special teams and the offence won it. They just got me in for the last play and I kicked one."
Boreham and the Ticats meet the Blue Bombers at Canad Inns Stadium on Friday night in a game that will have huge post-season implications for both teams.
The B.C. Lions selected Boreham, a 26-year-old Vancouver native, in the 2001 Canadian college draft but traded his rights to the Bombers in 2002. He lost a training camp battle with Troy Westwood that spring and returned to the Bisons.
He tore an ACL in the fall of 2002 with the Bisons but played the rest of the campaign. The knee didn't heal in time the 2003 Bombers training camp rolled around, and he failed his physical. Boreham returned to the U of M for his final year of college eligibility last fall, and the Bombers traded his rights to the Ticats in February.
Boreham, who recently missed four games due to post-concussion syndrome, has made just 15 of 26 field-goal attempts this season. His 58.9-yard kickoff average, however, is the second-best mark in the league.
HARSH HOMECOMING: Alouettes OL Scott Flory returned to his hometown of Regina Saturday and took quite a bit of heat.
The free agent Flory signed with the Roughriders in May but changed his mind the next day, saying he wanted to remain with the Als. The CFL ruled he was Saskatchewan's property, so Montreal had to trade a draft pick to get him back.
According to The Leader-Post, when the 'Riders were beating up on the Als late in Saturday's contest, one fan at Taylor Field screamed, "Flory, you dumb ass! Wrong team, bud!"
THEY SAID IT
"You can use the analogy of the giraffe. They used to have shorter necks. But, over time, they adapted to eat leaves from taller trees. You either adapt or you can't survive."
- B.C. receiver Jason Clermont on improving his speed since college
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: 32
- The number of consecutive seasons the Eskimos have made the playoffs, a streak that could be in jeopardy.