Speech falls on deaf ears

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:29 AM ET

Some teams watch a movie for inspiration and motivation before a big game.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats took it one further this weekend against the B.C. Lions.

The winless club brought in Daniel (Rudy) Ruettiger, the man who inspired the movie Rudy, prior to the game at Ivor Wynne Stadium Saturday in hopes of sparking Danny Mac and Co. to a huge performance.

McManus and the Cats played well, but not well enough to beat Dave Dickenson's Lions.

Now a full-time motivational speaker, Ruettiger showed up to encourage the home side and be a special guest as the Ticats showed the film on the jumbotron before their loss to B.C.

Ruettiger grew up in Joliet, Ill., and worked his butt off to get a spot on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The little man with the big heart played in one game, making a tackle and was carried off the field on his teammates shoulders. But it was then he established a small connection to Steeltown.

"I know a little about Hamilton from friends of mine like Tom Clements, who was a teammate at Notre Dame," Ruettiger told a Hamilton newspaper.

No word on whether the Ticats are going to bring in Chuck Wepner to help solve their losing woes now that the Rudy experiment failed.

OPENING DRIVE: How's this for a scary thought? Alouettes receiver Ben Cahoon said last week QB Anthony Calvillo will only get better after his wife had a baby and he became a father for the first time. "You play better as a dad. I don't know why. I can't explain it but I believe it," Cahoon told a Montreal newspaper. Well, Cahoon was right in one aspect. Calvillo threw for 439 yards in a loss against the Blue Bombers but Papa Tony did hook up with his favourite receiver seven times for 148 yards ... The Renegades may be the most exciting team in the CFL to watch but they won't be on the tube the next three weeks. Ottawa's matchups with Saskatchewan, Hamilton and Winnipeg are three of only five games not being broadcast this entire season, which doesn't bode well for fans in the nation's capital ... When WR Pat Woodcock broke out for 98 yards on seven catches against Edmonton, Renegades head coach Joe Paopao remarked his receiving corps was like a baseball lineup. Woodcock is more of a singles hitter than a guy who would bat cleanup, which seems odd given the trouble the team went to get him last year ... Montreal OL Dave Mudge knew something would happen the moment he asked Dan Gyetvai and Cory Annett to bring his truck to Canad Inns Stadium upon his return to Winnipeg. Mudge was traded to Montreal two weeks ago and the pair were 'truck-sitting' for him. When Mudge arrived, the vehicle was covered in Bombers stickers, posters, a flag and inflatable helmet. "They're a good bunch of guys here and I was one of the pranksters as well, so I could totally see it coming," Mudge told the Winnipeg Sun. "It shows they still care."

ENDZONE HIGHS: Weekly highs: Passing, Anthony Calvillo, 439 yards, three TDs, three INTs; rushing, Charles Roberts, 20 carries for 195 yards; receiving, Ben Cahoon, seven catches for 148 yards ... Those worried about a playoff crossover this season, don't be. The East is 6-11 against West Division teams this year, prompting Matthew Sekeres of the Ottawa Citizen to call it the Least Division ... Calgary native Agustin Barrenechea, who sat out Hamilton's game Saturday because of a hamstring injury, should return Saturday in Edmonton ... Because of Ottawa K Matt Kellett's late groin injury, the 'Gades were hopeless with P Pat Fleming kicking field goals against the Eskimos. The club has brought in Mark Irvin as a possible emergency replacement. Irvin was in Stamps camp before losing out to Sandro DeAngelis and Burke Dales.

EXTRA POINTS: The 51 points Winnipeg put up against the Alouettes is the second largest total Montreal has surrendered since it returned to the league in 1996. The most the Als have given up in since moving from Baltimore was a 62-22 loss to Calgary in 1996 ... Maybe Robert Baker should take up boxing. Fans on McMahon Stadium's sidelines can attest to his punching ability after his left hook sent kicker Noel Prefontaine's hat flying on Canada Day. But it seems Baker can also take knock. After suffering a concussion against B.C. Friday, Baker wanted right back on the field moments later. "They had to keep me out for precautionary reasons," Baker told the Toronto Sun. "I was ready to get back in there. Everybody has had those days when they've been knocked out before. I was straight the next day. I was straight about 20 minutes after."

NUMBER 0

The amount of times the Als sacked Kevin Glenn last week. The offensive line pitched a shutout this time, while in the clubs' previous two meetings, Winnipeg's QBs were dropped to the ground 13 times.

ON THE FIELD

THURSDAY

Toronto at Montreal, 5:30 p.m. (TSN)

FRIDAY

Ottawa at Saskatchewan, 7 p.m.

Calgary at B.C., 8 p.m. (TSN)

SATURDAY

Hamilton at Edmonton, 5 p.m. (CBC)

MONDAY

Winnipeg at Toronto, 2 p.m. (TSN)

WHAT DID YOU SAY?

"It's the environment. The fans seem to get into it quite a bit. You've got to find a way to keep that horse in the stable because they get in a frenzy over that. If you can find a way to keep that horse in the stable, you've usually done a pretty good job. I think the p.a. announcer gets out of control sometimes, too."

-- 'Riders coach Danny Barrett before losing Saturday at McMahon.


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