Inside the CFL

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:37 AM ET

THE RANT ...

Call Less first.

Damon Allen was no sooner on the verge of setting the all-time pro record for total passing yards than many were urging a call from Canton once his playing days are over.

After all, former CFL quarterback Warren Moon had just been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame for establishing the mark that Allen broke. So, logic dictated that Toronto Argonauts pivot should follow. Never mind that Moon played in both the CFL and NFL and Allen has spent his entire career in the Canadian league. Even Moon agreed.

But if Allen does get inducted into that historic hall in Ohio, then other CFLers should follow. Or precede him. And let's start with Less Browne. The former Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive back still holds the CFL career record of 87 interceptions. And that just happens to be six picks more than the NFL's all-time leader, Paul Krause. Never mind that the CFL is more of a passing league than the NFL, tell that to those who support Allen's induction.

And don't stop with Browne. Gerald Vaughn is the CFL's career leader in blocked kicks with 12 and, as far as we can tell, no one in the NFL even comes close (although we could find no record of that stat anywhere). And the NFL likely kicks more often than the CFL does.

That's just two examples. If Allen deserves to be in Canton, so do other CFLers.

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22

The number of turnovers that Hamilton has surrendered in its last three games alone.

0-5

Edmonton's road record this season.

9

Number of 1,000-yard receiving seasons recorded by Blue Bomber Milt Stegall, a mark bettered only by current Tiger-Cat Terry Vaughn (11).

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QUOTES ...

"We have to learn to pass the football."

Hamilton head coach Ron Lancaster after watching QB Jason Maas complete 12 of 24 passes for 141 yards with three interceptions in last week's loss to Toronto (Hamilton Spectator).

"I've hit a few quarterbacks but that was my best hit ever ... Man, that felt good."

Edmonton DE Adam Braidwood after forcing Calgary QB Henry Burris to fumble, resulting in an early TD (Edmonton Sun).

"The biggest blunder of the game was (Burris) taking a time-count violation under three minutes ... You can't have any excuse for it."

Calgary head coach Tom Higgins on his QB's brain cramp that cost the Stamps a loss of down (Calgary Sun).

"We have an old saying in poker, 'If you give him a chip and a chair, he's got a chance.' Ricky is Cool-Hand Luke. He's an amazing player. And, this past week, he's shown that he's beginning to separate himself from the other quarterbacks in this league."

Edmonton WR Ed Hervey on QB Ricky Ray (Edmonton Journal).


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