League is living up to its crazy rep

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:38 AM ET

Sick of the mosquitoes?

Tired of the monsoon rains?

Is the humidity getting you down?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, just sit back, grab the remote control and watch some CFL football.

The Crazy Football League is living up to its name these days, with close games and even some free boxing lessons on the sideline during the action.

The league made the cover of Time magazine's Canadian edition recently, and the amazing play on the field has justified that standing.

Take last week's CFL four-pack for example. All contests were decided by eight points or fewer, and the most "lopsided" result -- B.C.'s 37-29 win over Ottawa -- included a failed, on-side kick at the conclusion of the match.

There was also Toronto's stellar comeback against Saskatchewan, and Montreal's last-minute triumph over Edmonton.

The folks here in Manitoba might not be too pumped about the CFL these days, but even the Bomber game Thursday night forced the fans to remain in their seats until the bitter end.

PAINFUL MEMORIES: Pro football players are not exempt from life's ups and downs.

Montreal Alouettes middle linebacker John Turntine is one such player.

In a recent Montreal Gazette article, Turntine detailed how his life got turned upside down when his mother was murdered in June 1992.

Turntine and his two sisters had travelled to Texas to visit their father when their mom Mary, a single mother and hotel manager who was walking home from a club in Greenwood, Miss., was murdered by a 17-year-old boy.

"I told somebody recently that you do get over it," Turntine told the Gazette. "But it's the summer and there's a lot of events she would have been involved with. I would have loved her to be around the twins and my three-year-old.

"I reminisce about the grandmother she would have been, because I know the mom she was."

Mary's murderer, David Blue, was sentenced to die, but he had his punishment reduced to life in prison with no chance of parole.

Turntine, whom the Ottawa Renegades released at the end of this year's training camp, is haunted by Blue's new sentence.

"I don't think him, sitting in an institution, justifies what me or my two sisters went through," he told the Gazette.

"They never got ... to put on makeup for the first time with my mom. It doesn't justify it. He abused all of us."


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