Inside the CFL

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:11 AM ET

OUT THERE (WAY OUT THERE) ...

You dirty rat, er, hamster.

B.C. linebacker Carl Kidd will tell you himself that he is one of the toughest hombres in the CFL. But a tiny brown hamster placed in his locker last week had him running like a scared rabbit.

Kidd, you see, had dumped a pail of water on Lion kicker Paul McCallum while he was sitting on the throne reading a newspaper.

McCallum calmly got up and planned his revenge.

"I just got in my car and went (to the pet store)," McCallum told the Edmonton Sun. "(Kidd) made a mistake a long time ago telling me what his weakness was."

That weakness is rodents. McCallum bought a hamster for $5, returned to the dressing room and placed it in Kidd's locker. Two TV crews were tipped off and, after Kidd peaked inside, he dashed for the door in a mad panic. But he did return.

"I've been trying to shake (the aversion) for years," he said. "A big (rat) would probably make me fall down and faint. Hamsters are cute. They're all right, but I am keeping my distance from them."

Kidd claimed he made a mistake, thinking a rookie or a new Lion was in the bathroom stall.

"He came up to me the next day and wanted a truce immediately," said McCallum.

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17

The combined number of yards that Hamilton running backs Josh Ranek and Corey Holmes rushed for against Saskatchewan.

5

The number of CFL teams that have lost their starting quarterback for at least one game due to injury this season.

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QUOTES ...

"He (Damon Allen) was like the white knight riding in to save the day. I've run out of superlatives for him. Maybe we should just call him The Man. Maybe Superman. I hear he's better than the movie."

TORONTO HEAD COACH MIKE (PINBALL) CLEMONS ON HIS QB, WHO REBOUNDED FROM A FIRST-HALF INJURY TO LEAD THE ARGOS TO A 31-6 VICTORY OVER MONTREAL (TORONTO SUN)

"I feel like crap. I have to try and forget about it. It's unfortunate it came against an East Division opponent. I take full responsibility and have to get back on the horse. It was a very frustrating day for me."

MONTREAL QB ANTHONY CALVILLO, WHO THREW A CAREER-HIGH FIVE INTERCEPTIONS IN THE LOSS TO TORONTO (MONTREAL GAZETTE).

"I'm just sick and tired of people wanting to second-guess these kinds of things after every game."

EDMONTON HEAD COACH DANNY MACIOCIA AFTER YET ANOTHER COACHING DECISION WAS QUESTIONED AFTER YET ANOTHER LOSS (EDMONTON SUN).

"You're not going to win too many games when you have eight yards passing at the half and you can't stop them on defence."

HAMILTON HEAD COACH RON LANCASTER SR. AFTER THE 46-15 LOSS TO SASKATCHEWAN (REGINA LEADER-POST).


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