'Cats hope to in-Flick pain

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:13 AM ET

HAMILTON -- Three Ticats in particular would like nothing better than to eliminate the Renegades from playoff contention tonight.

It just so happens they are former Renegades.

"Going for 1,000 yards against my old team and making the playoffs?" said receiver D.J. Flick, the former 'Gade who signed with the Tabbies as a free agent in the off-season and is 38 yards from reaching the grand plateau "It's going to be a great feeling when we win."

Flick, Ottawa's leading receiver last season, was hopeful of staying in the nation's capital. But the team did not want to meet his asking tag price of $80,000.

"I'm bitter," Flick added. "It's about respect. I know my talent. I guess they didn't see it the way I saw it."

Ticats centre Carl Coulter was prepared to finish his career in Ottawa. After one season as a Renegade, he became involved in a contract dispute -- he wanted what he believed veteran Canadian O-linemen to be worth and the Renegades thought he should except a salary reduction and backup role.

"After all we put up with there? All we wanted to do is stay and make it better, and they get rid of us?" said Coulter, who is anxious to help put a nail in the Renegades' 2004 coffin by beating up on them tonight. "This would be perfectly fitting."

Coulter had bought a house in Ottawa three weeks before a scheduled meeting with the Renegades to renegotiate his contract. The meeting never took place, Coulter signed in Hamilton and rented his home to former teammates. Most, if not all of them, have either been traded or cut.

"The Barrhaven House Curse," Coulter jokingly called it.

The Ottawa defence lost a lot of its identity with the loss of non-import safety Donovan Carter -- who would bring people out of their seats with the viciousness of his hits.

Carter asked Ottawa GM Eric Tillman for somewhere in the neighbourhood of $140,000 before he snubbed 'Gades management and signed with the Ticats.

"I had no plans on leaving Ottawa," Carter said yesterday. "I liked it there.

"But I saw the decisions that were being made ... I saw them trading away playmakers and losing coaches ... and I went with my instincts."

NO MIS-GIVENS: Renegades LB Reggie Givens says Hamilton RB Troy Davis should forget about getting any personal glory at Ottawa's expense. "If he's looking for the records, he ain't going to get them this week," said Givens. Davis is approaching a pair of Ticat rushing records with three games left in the season. He needs 54 yards to break the all-time Hamilton rushing mark of 4,270 owned by Gerry McDougall, who played for Hamilton in the '50s and '60s. Davis also lies 241 yards away of setting a franchise record for rushing yards in one season. Jimmy Edwards gained 1,581 for the Ticats in 1977.


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