Inside the CFL

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:44 AM ET

NOT REALLY THE TIME BUT ...

We hesitate to bring this up after Hamilton kicked sand in their faces last week, but there has been an avalanche of suggestions for nicknaming the Winnipeg front four, which was temporarily dubbed Capital Punishment II in last week's Sun.

In fact, the www.ourbombers.com site listed three pages of suggestions for Doug Brown, Tom Canada, Gavin Walls and Ron Warner, who had comprised the stingiest line in the CFL heading into that debacle.

Some of those creative suggestions included: The Flood Line, Sultans of Sack, Butchers of Bomberville, Prairie Posse, Gang of Four, Manitoba Shield, Furious Four, Blueline Wall, Gold Rush and Blue Mounties -- "We always get our man."

Our favourite e-mail entry, Blue Collar, came from Mike Janssens -- "for such a hard-working lunchpail group of guys. The blue part is obvious. The collar part could also mean it's their job to collar the quarterback."

Then there was this suggestion on the website: "Four Guys Who Could Kick My A--," followed up with "Four Guys Who Can't Stop Ranek" after Hamilton tailback Josh Ranek ran them ragged.

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7-0

The last two times the Alouettes started a season with seven straight wins (1977 and 2002), they won the Grey Cup.

2-5

Edmonton has matched its worst start in the last 34 years.

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QUOTES ...

"Warren Moon was that one quarterback who helped overcome the idea that black quarterbacks are just athletes."

Calgary quarterback Henry Burris (Edmonton Sun)

"We have to find some answers. Whether (quarterback) Damon (Allen) plays or not, we have to find some answers."

Toronto head coach Mike (Pinball) Clemons after the Argos fell to 2-5 (Montreal Gazette)

"It's beginning to be a mystery, trying to figure it all out."

Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia after the Eskimos fell to 2-5 (Edmonton Sun)

"I'm getting a lot of opportunities and of course it's a lot of hard work. I'm constantly being double-teamed, it's no cakewalk."

B.C. slotback Geroy Simon, who just passed Winnipeg's idle Milt Stegall for top spot on the CFL receiving list with 51 for 881 yards and eight TDs (Vancouver Sun)

"(Calgary RB Josh Reynolds) is, without a doubt, the No. 1 running back in this league ... He makes big plays, little plays. He's the man."

Saskatchewan defensive lineman Scott Schultz on the CFL's leading rusher (Calgary Herald)


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