Out in left field

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:52 AM ET

REGINA -- Listening to Ricky Williams boggles the mind.

He can be right on the money during one sentence, but then make a fool of himself by being way off in left field in the next breath.

The former NFL star is the proud owner of this wacky and foolish statement: "Running backs in this game, it's marginal the effect they can have," Williams told the Toronto media late last week.

"In this league, the running game doesn't translate into winning."

What planet do you live on, Mr. Williams?

Were your eyes closed 10 days ago when Joffrey Reynolds ran for two touchdowns and nearly 90 yards against your team?

Have you not paid attention to anything Winnipeg or Calgary has done this year? Where would the Stampeders be without Reynolds or the Bombers without Charles Roberts?

The answer: they would be further down in the standings with less wins.

BREAKING THE RULES

Obby Khan gets an 'A' for effort but an 'F' for execution.

The Winnipeg offensive lineman was trying hard to follow the rules of Ramadan, the important 30-day Muslim religious period that calls for fasting and strictly positive thoughts from sun up to sun down.

But then it fell apart during practice last week when he got into a profanity-laced fist fight with teammate Dante Booker.

Oops.

"I do have some remorse for it, obviously for A) getting in a fight and B) swearing," he told the Winnipeg Sun.

SHORT HIT

Maybe the Hamilton Tiger-Cats should have swung another crazy deal with the Edmonton Eskimos: bargaining and agreeing to transfer some home games from Ivor Wynne Stadium to Commonwealth Stadium.

Jason Maas is a different quarterback when he's playing in his old football home, which is also just 15 minutes down the road from his family's home in Sherwood Park.

Deadly accurate and confident against the Eskimos on the Edmonton grass, Maas was back to his usual dreadful ways two days ago in Hamilton, throwing for just 128 yards and missing receivers with brutal passes.

Maybe Hamilton's chief operating officer Rob Katz could have offered to split any gate receipts from Tabbie 'home games' at Commonwealth with the Eskimos. Rick LeLacheur probably would have jumped at the opportunity.

FINISH LINE

Giving credit where credit is due, Regina Leader-Post football beat writer Darrell Davis is a perfect 14-for-14 this year, correctly predicting the outcome of every Rider game.


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