It was a Black day for zebras

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:32 AM ET

George Black -- the CFL's director of officiating - needs to add two key items to his to-do list.

First, Black needs to instruct his officials to actually call a helmet-to-helmet hit as an unnecessary roughness penalty.

It's ridiculous that Black needs to have this talk with his zebras, but for some reason some of his people can't seem to grasp the concept.

Twice on Saturday night the Riders got away with helmet-to-helmet hits on Argo quarterbacks.

Spergon Wynn was hammered by defensive tackle Scott Schultz and lay on the turf for almost 20 minutes before being taken to hospital.

Then Eric Crouch was smacked in the melon by defensive end Terrell Jurineack.

And the second item that should be on Black's to-do list is on the same topic: he needs to change the price of the penalty for such a nasty hit.

This item likely can't be addressed until the off-season, but the penalty should be increased to 30 yards.

That's a harsh price, but it might finally get the attention of defensive players who could soon seriously injure someone in this game.

SHORT HITS: A tasteless move by the Rider game-day staff to put cheerleaders on the field while Wynn was motionless on the same turf during halftime ... It took until the fifth game of the year for the Montreal Alouettes' O-line to be flagged for holding ... After missing his first two field goals of the year, Montreal's Damon Duval has successfully hit 14 straight ... The 4-2 Winnipeg Blue Bombers didn't get their fourth win last year until Sept. 16.

BIZARRE, BUT TRUE: After leaving 630 CHED in the off-season - ending a 25-year partnership with Bryan Hall as the play-by-play team for the Eskimos, John Farlinger returned to Commonwealth Stadium last Thursday to provide colour commentary for CJOB radio in Winnipeg. It was just a one-game assignment.

FINISH LINES: Frank McKenna, the former New Brunswick premier, is now being mentioned in the rumour mill as a candidate to replace commissioner Tom Wright.


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