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JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:34 AM ET

OUT THERE (WAY OUT THERE) ...

Welcome back, John Avery.

Not only was the Toronto tailback impressive making his first start of the season against the Tiger-Cats in Hamilton on the weekend but the colourful character proved how much he was missed during post-game interviews.

Avery had to make a mad dash to the dressing room during the second quarter.

"That's what we call the bubble butt," he told the National Post. "I was trying to hold it together the whole first half and they finally told me: 'John, just go to the bathroom.'"

Avery, who had been relegated to the sidelines when the Argos signed suspended NFLer Ricky Williams, rushed for 74 yards on 14 carries.

"It was hard dealing with all the criticism," Avery told the Toronto Sun. "All the people telling me this guy is better than me, that I can't get it done. God helped me through it."

So did his sense of humour, which came out when former Bomber receiver Shockmain Davis wore tights to practice with no shorts over top.

"It ain't like watching a little kid in tights, it's a grown man," he said. "You got stuff that you don't want to see that leaves nothing to the imagination. It's kind of nasty. I don't want to see that."

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The total number of points the Tiger-Cats have scored in their last two home games.

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B.C. plackicker Paul McCallum's field goal success after making six of seven against Winnipeg, missing from the 50.

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QUOTES ...

"When my wife talks to me and I'm not listening, this is what I dream about. On any given day, I'm capable of putting on a spectacular performance. I always have a feeling that whenever a situation is at its worst, I'm at my best."

CALGARY PK SANDRO DE ANGELIS AFTER KICKING FIELD GOALS OF 52 AND 53 YARDS TO FIRST TIE, THEN BEAT, MONTREAL IN THE LAST MINUTE (CALGARY HERALD)

"There's a rosy lining everywhere. This takes the pressure off an undefeated season."

MONTREAL HEAD COACH DON MATTHEWS AFTER THE ALOUETTES LOST THEIR FIRST GAME OF THE YEAR (MONTREAL GAZETTE)

"I stunk it up. I didn't play very well. I missed a lot of throws. I missed a lot of reads."

SASKATCHEWAN QB KERRY JOSEPH WHO COMPLETED ONLY 11 OF 28 PASSES FOR 152 YARDS IN THE 24-18 LOSS TO EDMONTON (REGINA LEADER-POST)

"He's (Arland Bruce) a jaw dropper. He's just an exciting player and he plays so phenomenally hard."

MIKE (PINBALL) CLEMONS ON THE FORMER BOMBER RECEIVER WHO RECORDED A CAREER BEST SEVEN CATCHES FOR 171 YARDS VERSUS HAMILTON (TORONTO SUN)


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