Enter CFL's sandman

Jim Bender and Kirk Penton -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:55 AM ET

He just became the fourth-leading receiver of all CFL time and he is halfway to becoming the first to record 11 straight 1,000 receiving-yard seasons.

And Montreal's Terry Vaughn has somehow managed such success despite suffering from a mild form of narcolepsy, a chronic sleeping disorder that often affects him during team meetings and film sessions.

"If I lose focus, I drift off and nod off quite often," Vaughn told the Montreal Gazette. "I'm kind of unique. I can go to sleep literally at the snap of the finger. If I'm tired or exhausted, I can go to sleep that quickly."

Vaughn, 33, first learned of his condition while he was playing for the University of Arizona. He was stopped at an intersection (in park) and fell asleep for 10-15 minutes when a cop woke him up by tapping on the window.

"When I had that first incident, it scared me," admitted Vaughn, who takes no medication for the problem but does take a lot of power naps.

Yet, the 5-foot-9, 205-pound pass catcher is still enjoying a distinguished pro football career.

"I wouldn't say I'm lucky, but I do take care of my body," Vaughn said. "I never drink or smoke, and I get the most out of my body."

RIDING RAILS: The Calgary Stampeders decided to stay out East during a two-game road swing. After upsetting the Alouettes in Montreal on Thursday, they took the train to Kingston, Ont., where they spent three nights before heading to Toronto to play the Argos tonight.

"Via Rail did an unbelievable job," Stamps head coach Tom Higgins said. "We had our own car, had a hot meal, including Montreal smoked meat before the main entree and even had knives that weren't plastic. Any time on the road, you get real cutlery, you think, 'This is neat.' We thought about high-jacking the train."

CBC BLEMISH: CBC, already under scrutiny for its curling coverage last winter, further tarnished its reputation by televising the Toronto-Edmonton game with no on-air broadcasters on Saturday after locking out its employees.

"It certainly wasn't our finest moment," Argonauts president Keith Pelley told the Globe and Mail. "I would suspect there will be monumental changes before the next game. I would say, as chair of the league's marketing and broadcasting committee, we are extremely concerned over how our product was showcased."

Meanwhile, a blind Calgary lawyer has filed an official complaint against the CBC.


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