Hard to watch

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:48 AM ET

Are you finding CFL games harder to watch this season?

Ed Hervey sure does, and he's playing in the games.

The Eskimos wide receiver has had enough of all the penalties that are being called.

"It's ridiculous," Hervey told the Edmonton Sun. "People are soon going to stop watching the games on TV and stop coming because it's become bad."

The number of penalties are up this season, but not by much. Not helping the pace is instant replay, whose kinks are being ironed out as they go.

The referee needs to stick to the 90-second limit on reviews and stop all the official pow-wows during games. Just make the call and be prepared to live with your decision.

The CFL's director of officiating, George Black, says the officials are simply calling penalties, just as they should be.

"The players need to play according to the rules," Black said.

Hey, there's an idea.

PARTY ON! It's rare when Winnipeg's world-famous Palomino Club gets mentioned by CFL media, but it happened over the weekend in the Hamilton Spectator.

Tiger-Cats beat writer Ken Peters wrote a column stating that the Tabbies have no problems with losing.

Peters noted that when the previously winless Bombers beat the Ticats last summer, it didn't stop "a dozen or more" players from heading out to the Pal later that week (the Ticats were spending a few days in Winnipeg before heading out to B.C.).

Later in the column, Peters let his real feelings about the Ticats be known.

"Enjoy the weekend fellas," Peters wrote on Saturday. "Don't dwell on the fact you've become a league embarrassment and a civic sporting disgrace. Loss number six isn't scheduled until next Friday night at Ivor Wynne Stadium."

Ouch.

HASHMARKS: One thing that would speed up games is coaches learning the instant replay manual that the CFL produced earlier this year. During Saturday night's Toronto-Saskatchewan game, Pinball Clemons and Danny Barrett both requested challenges on plays that are not reviewable ... Don Matthews is at it again. The Alouettes coach added former Eskimos RB Dahrran Diedrick to his roster yesterday, and it's likely not a coincidence that the Alouettes are playing the Eskimos this week ... Stampeders quarterback Henry Burris took some heat for avoiding the media after getting pulled during a 43-20 loss to the Lions on Friday. Burris hadn't been pulled from a game since his days at Temple University, and he didn't handle it well. In fact, he didn't even shower before bolting from McMahon Stadium. "I should have found a little buffer area to chill out after the game before answering questions," Burris told the Calgary Sun.


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