QBs battle for honour

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:55 AM ET

News and views heading into the final three weeks of the regular season:

Who is the best player in the East Division? Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo has been making a strong statement in recent weeks with his play, while Toronto QB Damon Allen garnered some strong consideration in the first half of the season.

But both were at their best this past Sunday in leading their teams to victory. Calvillo completed 35 of 49 passes for 435 yards and had four touchdown passes and two interceptions in a win over B.C. His 75-yard TD drive inside the final minute displayed his maturity and poise. Because he calls his own plays, he didn't have to rely on any sideline help while executing the two-minute drill.

Allen not only had his best game in three years with the Argos in their win over Winnipeg, but one of the best of his entire 21-year career in the CFL. He completed 26 of 39 passes for 484 yards and had two TD passes and no interceptions. He was, as the expression goes, in the zone.

Allen has been struggling with consistency since the Labour Day game against Hamilton. He declined to talk to the media because he was upset with his effort.

He's a streak player, and if he can get on a roll it will help the Argos in their stretch drive while making a statement for the league's outstanding player honour, something he has never won.

Talk of the trade

If the Edmonton Eskimos go on to win the Grey Cup -- and right now they're playing well enough to be rated the best in the West -- it will be because of their recent deal with Hamilton. The Esks are 2-0 since acquiring running back Troy Davis and offensive lineman Dan Comiskey. Hamilton received rookie defensive back Tay Cody, Canadian receiver Brock Ralph (who likely will sign in the off-season with Calgary to be closer to home and play alongside his brother Brett) and a first-round draft pick. It is speculated the Ticats will package that pick along with another, likely the first overall, to acquire quarterback Jason Maas from the Esks.

So far, the trade is so one-sided it has the makings of the worst deal in CFL history or, at the very least, one of the most lopsided, particularly if Ralph rejects the Tiger-Cats' offer of a contract extension.

Pity the Bombers

You have to feel for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who will finish out of the playoffs for the for the second time in as many seasons.

They are in a rebuilding stage and hope to improve their record next season when the organization plays host to the Grey Cup. But it will take a miracle for the Bombers to make it the Cup because the system is set up so that a community-owned team doesn't have a chance, notwithstanding the Eskimos, who are more like a privately-owned team the way they are run.

The Bombers have to be prudent in their spending, because they have to answer more to the community shareholders than to the CFL, which has a salary-cap system but doesn't enforce it.

One person you really have to feel for is slotback Milt Stegall, who has been to the Cup only once in his 11-year career. Stegall is considering whether to return for one final season. Stegall has invested his money wisely, but he yearns to win the Cup just once. But every time the Bombers show any sign of coming together as a championship team, they are torn apart by a system that allows players to try the National Football League in their option years or explore free agency.


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