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KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:41 AM ET

Sit back, take a deep breath and just relax.

We know the 2006 season has been a confusing one for all you diehard CFL fans. Edmonton is about to miss the playoffs for the first time in 34 years, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are going to play a meaningful home game in late September, and the Montreal Alouettes have lost six straight.

You're probably saying to yourself, "What's going on?!"

So are we.

Therefore, in an effort to better understand the topsy-turvy Crazy Football League, here's a quick question-and-answer session that hopefully will shed some light:

Is there yet another quarterback controversy brewing in B.C.?

Could be.

The inconsistent and consistently banged-up Dave Dickenson was yanked at the end of Sunday's clash against the Roughriders in favour of backup Buck Pierce, who led the Lions on a game-tying drive.

"Dickenson has been a great quarterback in this league and you won't meet a finer gentleman in sports," Ed Willes opined in The (Vancouver) Province yesterday. "But this is about something else. Buck Pierce gives the Lions the best chance to win, and he should be playing."

Will the West Division champ win the Grey Cup?

Bet the farm on that one.

How bad has it gotten in Edmonton?

Aside from the fact they're about to miss the playoffs for the first time since 1971, some are now calling for CEO Hugh Campbell to retire.

Campbell announced after Friday's home loss to the Tiger-Cats that head coach Danny Maciocia will be back as head coach in 2007. Campbell also basically stated that nothing has to change within the organization.

That prompted Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun to write: "Campbell, after not being around most of the year, just insulted the intelligence of the Edmonton football fan beyond belief."

What's going on in Montreal?

Head coach Don Matthews is messing with the most valuable piece of any CFL team -- his offensive line.

He has benched veterans like Luke Fritz, Paul Lambert and Uzooma Okeke, the same guys who helped make Montreal's O-line the most feared in the league.

As a result, quarterback Anthony Calvillo is getting pummelled, and his confidence, which appears to be easily broken, is shattering more and more with each hit.

Who will win the Most Outstanding Player award?

Lions slotback Geroy Simon. And if it's not him, then we'd award it to Geroy Simon. But if he can't win it, we'd give it to Geroy Simon.

Why is Wally Buono one of the best coaches in CFL history?

Because he benches players -- and often cuts them -- when their skills start to decline. Kick returner Aaron Lockett, who was left off the roster for Sunday's game in Regina and was offered to Toronto as trade bait for Keith Stokes last week, is the latest victim.

OK, if Buono's so smart, why did he have Paul McCallum punt on first down in overtime on Sunday against the Roughriders?

Beats us.


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