Immediate returns

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 6:58 AM ET

Sometimes evaluating a trade takes months or years but last week's receiver swap can be analysed immediately.

Hamilton shipped import Chris Brazzell to Winnipeg for Canadian Kamau Peterson to begin the week and the two teams hooked up for a Basement Bowl game Saturday.

Let's call this one a victory for the Bombers -- with an explanation. Although Peterson did catch a touchdown pass late in the game from former Stamps QB Khari Jones, it became addition by subtraction for the Winnipeg club.

The Canuck's ill-timed drops for the Bombers killed drives and wore down the offence's confidence. And Peterson's replacement, Gilles Colon, scored the opening touchdown, finishing with three catches for 38 yards.

Both Peterson and Brazzell have been plagued by the dropsies this season and that trend continued Saturday. The pair had almost identical numbers except for Peterson's touchdown, which came when the Ticats were out of it anyway.

OPENING DRIVE: Except for the CBC workers locked out yesterday, the hardest hit by Mother Corp.'s stand on labour negotiations could be CFL fans. The network is scheduled to broadcast the Toronto-Edmonton game Saturday but, as of yesterday, there was no plan in place to ensure the airing goes off without a hitch. The game could be aired without a play-by-play voice or colour commentary, which would make for a dull night ... How's this for the earliest turning point in football history? The Argos fell apart Friday night against the Alouettes when they won the coin toss. For some reason, the Argos gave the Als the ball inside the dome and Anthony Calvillo set the tone with a 15-play, 75-yard drive capped by Robert Edwards TD run. "We've been starting slow all season," said Toronto DB Adrion Smith trying to defend the call. "What if we get the ball and go two-and-out. Is that a bad decision? When the whistle blows, you've got to be ready regardless" ... It appears the Stamps are getting impatient waiting for RB Ronney Jenkins to have a breakout game. Practice roster RB Tony Stallings took more than his usual share of reps yesterday with the first-team offence, while MarTay Jenkins caught most of the kickoffs. MarTay Jenkins was solid on kickoff returns against the Lions, returning four for 84 yards with a long of 29 ... Hard to believe but Lions RB Antonio Warren had a career high three TDs Friday. It only seems like he scores every time he touches the ball. The former Stampeder leads the league with eight TDs.

ENDZONE TOSS: The only thing holding off a kicking controversy in Vancouver is the fact the Lions keep eking out close victories. If Calgary had retrieved an onside kick Friday and tied the game, fingers would have been pointing to Duncan O'Mahony's missed 26-yarder earlier in the game. The kicker has a dreadful 65% field-goal percentage. As a result, he has had kickoff duty taken away from him and given to backup receiver Bret Anderson ... Winnipeg WR Keith Stokes had a career night for all-purpose yardage against Hamilton, catching five passes for 139 yards, returning six punts for 43 yards, 28 yards on two kickoffs and a missed field goal for 66. By far, his best play was a 68-yard TD scramble where Stokes made at least eight Ticats miss.

EXTRA POINTS: There may not be a more impact DB in the league right now than Ottawa's Korey Banks. The ever-quotable Banks picked off Saskatchewan QB Marcus Crandell to set up the game-winning score. Banks, who had a feature in the Ottawa Sun during training camp called the 'Korey Banks Quote of the Day,' now leads the league with seven INTs ... Let's throw in our two cents and say Khari Jones should get a few starts in Hamilton to see what he can do ... The Argos are experiencing a popularity boom not seen in Hogtown since the late John Candy owned the team. A season-high 31,621 showed up Friday at Rogers Centre for the fourth straight game with more than 25,000 in the stands. The last time that happened was 1991 ... Winnipeg SB Milt Stegall needs only one touchdown to pass Allen Pitts for sole possession of third place on the all-time list. Pitts and Stegall are tied at 117 TDs, while George Reed and Mike Pringle are first with 137. Stegall sits second with 114 receiving TDs to Pitts' 117 ... There appears to be no reason for Montreal to rush back RB Eric Lapointe. Replacement Robert Edwards has 271 yards in two games since the Lapointe went down with a groin injury ... Former Stamps LB Willie Fells got fed up with being on Winnipeg's practice roster and returned to Calgary yesterday to wait out an opportunity, although the book isn't closed on him returning to the Bombers. "The bottom line is he wanted to be on the field and playing," Bombers GM Brendan Taman told the Winnipeg Sun. Fells only played in two games with the Bombers but recovered two fumbles, one for a touchdown ... Before Dave Dickenson beat the Stamps Friday at McMahon, he revealed he and Calgary LB Scott Coe play in the same pickup hockey games over the off-season. "He's always clutching and grabbing," Dickenson said with a chuckle about Coe's style.

NUMBER 21

The number of Saskatchewan turnovers in the past three games. The 'Riders rank dead last in giveaway-takeaway ratio at minus-15. Not surprisingly, the team has lost all three of those games.

ON THE FIELD

THURSDAY

Calgary at Montreal, 5 p.m. (TSN)

FRIDAY

Ottawa at Winnipeg, 6:30 p.m.

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

SATURDAY

Toronto at Edmonton, 7 p.m. (CBC)

BYE: Saskatchewan

WHAT DID YOU SAY?

"Doug didn't actually stand up but he did speak, which is unusual. Usually Doug is a silent warrior but he did say at halftime that, 'Hey, this game can turn our season, because it keeps us in striking range (of a playoff spot).' For Doug to say anything is remarkable and for him to say that many words is very, very remarkable.'"

-- Winnipeg coach Jim Daley about Doug Brown's halftime speech.


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