Topsy-turvy time

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:22 AM ET

Call it prognostication gone bad.

The defending Grey Cup champion Edmonton Eskimos, always a West Division contender, are 2-4.

The Calgary Stampeders, expected by many to be the cream of the West crop this year, are 3-4.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers, picked by most to be last in the East Division, are 5-2.

The Toronto Argonauts, who finished first in the East last year and didn't lose much talent in the off-season, are 2-4, although injuries have played a major part in that.

And the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, whom some were saying would contend for the East title, are 1-6.

Only the Montreal Alouettes, at 6-0, are playing like everyone thought they would.

The Bombers and Als look like they could have quite the battle for first in the East, while the West is anybody's to grab.

Should be a spectacular second half.

WHAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT: Two members of the Eskimos have been dealing with tough situations off the field this season.

Offensive lineman Dan Comiskey and defensive tackle Robert Brown both have babies who have gone through more in their young lives than most people do in a lifetime.

Comiskey's daughter, 17-month-old Lauren, was born premature with her twin sister and needs a kidney transplant to survive.

Meanwhile, Brown's son, two-month old Elijah, was born with a twisted valve just below his stomach and had surgery to correct the problem. All appears to be well now.

"He's a gift from God, and this was a test of our faith and trust," Brown told the Montreal Gazette.

QUICK HITS: How bad is it for the Argos at quarterback this season? Well, Darnell Kennedy, who was brought in to be the third-stringer when Damon Allen got hurt, developed a viral infection that is affecting his heart. Kennedy was released yesterday ... Pint-sized KR Ezra Landry has yet to play for the Alouettes this season, even though he's been medically cleared to play after knee surgery. "(He) continues experiencing pain," head coach Don Matthews told the Montreal Gazette. "We're trying to find out why he has pain." ... Speaking of banged-up Alouettes, former Bombers OL Dave Mudge is out for the season with a torn pectoral muscle ... The Leader-Post came up with this stat after Roughriders WR Jason Armstead hit QB Kerry Joseph with a 34-yard touchdown toss a week ago against the Argos: Armstead is the first Roughrider since Paul Dudley in 1966 to run for a touchdown, catch a touchdown pass and throw for a touchdown in the same season ... The Argos have added former Bombers OL Tyler Tapp to their practice roster.


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