Scrappy days come early in season

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

Why do CFLers suddenly think they're boxers?

Toronto Argonauts receiver Robert Baker did his best Floyd Mayweather imitation on Friday night when he socked his own teammate, kicker Noel Prefontaine, in the mouth after a shouting match.

Meanwhile, Hamilton Tiger-Cats special teamer Mat Petz did his best Andrew Golota impersonation when he absolutely hammered Saskatchewan's Walter Spencer with a punch to the groin.

Thank goodness for protective cups.

Baker was punished yesterday; the Argos suspended him for this weekend's game against Saskatchewan.

Walter Spencer must have been happy to hear that.

JONESING FOR KHARI? It was only a matter of time, but Khari Jones' days on the unemployment line look like they might be coming to an end sooner than expected.

The Hamilton Spectator reported yesterday that the Tiger-Cats, who are 0-2 and entering the bye week, have made contact with the former Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback, but not in the last few days.

No. 1 pivot Danny McManus has struggled in the first two games, and backup Marcus Brady fumbled twice in a relief role during Saturday night's 23-21 loss to Saskatchewan.

If Jones did join the Tabbies, it would be in a backup role, head coach Greg Marshall told the paper.

"Do I think Khari can do a better job than Danny (McManus)?" Marshall asked. "No, I don't."

WELCOME TO CANADA: The B.C. Lions communications staff has published a handbook to help American players learn about their new home and native land.

The Vancouver Sun reports that the handbook covers "everything from currency differences to the phenomenon of white towel waving at hockey games to where to get a good steak at a team discount (Lions' players are issued an orange card that gives them discounts at establishments throughout the city)."

The handbook also informs players not to bash the local weather, as this paragraph notes: "Vancouverites are very sensitive about their city and its weather; we advise you not to criticize the city or its weather publicly."

LATE HITS: David James Elliott, the star of the former CBS show JAG, is playing former CFL receiver Terry Evanshen in the CTV movie The Man Who Lost Himself, according to the Toronto Star. Evanshen has his memory wiped out in a 1988 car crash ... Roughriders defensive tackle Scott Schultz will celebrate every sack this season with a dance called "The Moose Jaw Stomp," reports The Leader-Post. "They call it the ATL Stomp in (rap) videos and all that stuff, so I figured I'd show the boys how we do it in Moose Jaw," Schultz told the paper.


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