Making Jesse an eligible Bachelor

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:24 AM ET

The signing of The Bachelor -- Jesse Palmer -- in Montreal is a very smart move on two fronts.

For Palmer, he gets to learn the Canadian game from one of the best quarterbacks, in Anthony Calvillo.

And for Montreal, if they can groom Palmer, his stock is only going to rise - making him valuable trade bait at the very least.

If Ottawa gets off the ground, Montreal could deal him to a team that would surely want him.

An Ontario native, Palmer could really help sell an expansion franchise.

HORRIFIC SCENES: Former B.C. Lion and current CFL broadcaster Tony Proudfoot saw the horror of the Dawson College shooting with his own eyes.

The head of the phys-ed department at the Montreal school, Proudfoot bravely charged to the aid of an unidentified victim who had been hit by the gunman outside the main doors of the institution on Wednesday.

"I saw a man on the ground with a substantial amount of blood around his head," Proudfoot told the media.

In his spare time away from school, Proudfoot is an analyst for Montreal Alouette games on radio station CJAD.

"What Tony did was really heroic stuff," said Proudfoot's broadcast partner Rick Moffatt in the Vancouver Sun. "Tony never saw the shooter, but he rushed downstairs to help the first student. He was in serious condition, but Tony was able to keep him talking and applied pressure to his wounds."

BIG DECISIONS: It's going to be an interesting off-season in Hamilton, where COO Rob Katz admits the club has "some big corporate renewals" due.

It's true that Hamilton signed some season-ticket holders and corporate sponsors to three-year deals in 2004.

But, Katz denies the doom and gloom projections that the club will lose a critical amount of business this fall after another ugly season.

"You never give yourself a single point of failure," said Katz, who revealed the club has staggered ticket and sponsorship packages, meaning not everything in the facility is due.

SHORT HITS: Watch for former 1,000-yard receiver Yo Murphy to officially sign with the Saskatchewan Roughriders early this week ... Pigskin Pete - the Ticat legend who leads the Oskee-wee-wee-chant at Ivor Wynne Stadium - will retire at the end of the year after 31 seasons of being the team's unofficial ambassador... Winnipeg has won the last 11 games its played in front of home crowds in excess of 30,000.


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