Old-timers falling fast

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:06 AM ET

One has to watch how they step around the age issue when it comes to Damon Allen and Milt Stegall.

Winnipeg's Stegall, the oldest receiver in the league, turned his ankle in the locker-room last week when he stepped on someone else's cleat. When the two greybeards met each other yesterday, Allen went down with an ankle injury.

So would it be out of line to say Life Alert should sponsor the league? 'I've fallen and can't run my route,' could be the tagline.

The old guys still have a few tricks, though. Stegall sufficiently recovered to score a touchdown on eight catches totalling 104 yards. Allen was brilliant before he left, tossing for 317 yards and rushing for 50 more.

But just to aggravate Allen -- who can't understand why his age is always mentioned -- the CFL sent out a release last week about his 42nd birthday.

OPENING DRIVE: Eskimos DL Joe Montford sure had a rewarding time last week. It started with his wife giving birth to a baby girl Monday, the couple's second child, then the affable sackmaster turned 35 Saturday, the same day he got to beat up on his former team, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats ... Former Stampeders DL Jason Taylor is working out with the Lions, returning to the city where he spent his university days at UBC ... Calgary K Sandro DeAngelis was bound to miss eventually so even he wasn't too disappointed about sending one wide against B.C. "That leaves me with a 92 percent average," the rookie said. "I'll take it at this point in the season." It's 92.8 to be exact, still tops in the league ... The Roughriders don't play at Taylor Field for a month, which just might give 'Rider Nation a chance to cool off. Fans booed QB Nealon Greene off the field in the non-televised loss to Ottawa. If they're upset now, imagine how bad it's going to get if Saskatchewan returns from Montreal and Ottawa at 3-5, losers of four straight.

ENDZONE TOSS:

Argos RB John Avery's first rush against Montreal Thursday was for 11 yards, equal to his season total up until that point ... The Renegades broke a long losing streak in Regina by beating the Roughriders Friday. An Ottawa team hadn't won at Taylor Field since 1992 before the upset ... Edmonton S Kelly Wiltshire, the master of anointing nicknames, played in his 150th straight game, quite a feat for a defensive back who likes to get his nose dirty ... Congrats to Troy Westwood on his latest record. The Bombers kicker booted his 561st straight convert yesterday, moving past Lions legend Lui Passaglia. No matter how many records he sets, Westwood will still be remembered for that awful hair and spawning the Banjo Bowl ... Winnipeg QB Kevin Glenn was impressed to hear this stat: If he plays as long as his counterpart yesterday -- Damon Allen -- Glenn will still be flinging footballs in 2021.

EXTRA POINTS: 'What time is it' in Montreal? Time to put Almondo Curry back in the lineup. The DB led the Als in interceptions last season but has been benched by coach Don Matthews because he showed up late to camp. The Als are last in the league in defence without the East Division's 2004 rookie of the year.

NO. 489

The number of yards Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo needs to overtake Doug Flutie for fifth on the all-time CFL list. Calvillo has already leapfrogged Tracy Ham, Tom Clements, Kent Austin and Dieter Brock this season.

ON THE FIELD

THURSDAY

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

FRIDAY

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

SATURDAY

Ottawa at Hamilton, 5 p.m.

Winnipeg at Calgary, 5 p.m. (CBC)

BYE: Toronto

WHAT DID YOU SAY?

"It's a pretty good feeling when you see a returner look up and the next thing you see is his back. It's kind of like a guy turning his head at a poker table when you roll over your pocket aces."

-- Winnipeg punter Jon Ryan, comparing booming a punt over the head of the opposition's return man to his favourite card game.


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