Wise Guys on Campus was hosting a Draft Night Special in honour of the University of Manitoba Bisons last night and David Hewson was buying for teammate Scott Mennie.
"Scotty and I had a little thing going about who was going to get drafted first," Hewson said yesterday. "So, it's going to cost me a couple of drinks."
Not that he minded losing.
Mennie won the bet when he was plucked by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the fourth round of the CFL Canadian Draft. Calgary took Hewson with the first pick in the fifth round. Sandwiched in between was Tye Smith when the offensive lineman was drafted by Toronto with the last choice in the fourth round. All three Bisons watched the proceedings on the Internet together.
"I was really happy for those guys but I was getting nervous because I was the last one left," said Hewson, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound defensive back. "It was really exciting and, to me, it didn't really make any difference where I went. But it was really nerve-wracking.
ONLY THE FIRST STEP
"Calgary's a great place and I'm really excited about going there. But this is only the first step. Now, I've got to go out there and make the team. But at least I made this step."
Calgary personnel director Jim Barker told Hewson they might convert him to outside linebacker on their 3-4 defence.
"And that's OK with me," said Hewson, 23. "(Barker) told me they were surprised to see me so late in the draft."
Mennie said they gave each other a group hug.
"We were all pulling for each other," he said. "It was nice that we all went so quick so there was no waiting."
Smith, who has a year of college eligibility left, could not be reached for comment.
"It was a good day for the Bisons," said Hewson. "It was overwhelming."