Pivotal questions

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:14 AM ET

MONTREAL -- There could be hundreds of thousands of dollars hanging in the balance for quarterbacks across the CFL in the next month.

Consider the following dilemmas general managers could be facing at the end of the playoffs:

1. If the B.C. Lions lose the Western Final with Dave Dickenson calling the shots, what's the plan?

With a history of concussion problems, Dickenson reportedly has a $400,000 option for next year.

With young and promising Buck Pierce waiting, GM Wally Buono could have a very interesting decision to make.

2. If Dickenson is cut loose, is a bidding war going to erupt around the league for his services?

Hamilton has major question surrounding Jason Maas.

Winnipeg might still have questions surrounding Kevin Glenn after the playoffs.

Toronto might even enter the race with the Grey Cup in their backyard in 2007.

A Dickenson-Damon Allen one-two punch might be the ticket to a championship.

3. If the Riders falter in the playoffs, will Kerry Joseph be retained by the club at his current rate?

Rumoured to be making more than $300,000, Joseph has a losing record in Regina as a starter. The Green and White are 9-8, but two of those wins came with promising back up Rocky Butler leading the charge.

There is already speculation the Riders will try to re-negotiate with Joseph this winter if he doesn't deliver in November.

STRANGE BUT TRUE ...

Pierce wouldn't be a budding star in Vancouver if he hadn't decided to jump at the last minute and show his skills to the Lions.

He tried out for B.C. on 24-hour notice at a camp in Portland in 2005.

HOMETOWN HERO ...

In tiny Crescent City on the northern California coast, Pierce is the talk on the streets - and on the water.

His play on football fields in Canada is being followed by friends and family on the Pacific Ocean.

"We have so many GPS and Internet systems, so many different connections on our boats, a lot of the guys can pick up Buck's games when they're out fishing," explained Pierce's brother Flynt, a commercial fisherman, in an interview with a Vancouver paper.

SWEET PAYBACK ...

You have to tip your hat to Winnipeg head coach Doug Berry for nailing Charles Roberts at his own game.

After delivering a foolish prank a couple of weeks ago by posting a retirement notice on a fan Website, Roberts got what he deserved this past week.

Berry hauled him into the office to explain he wasn't going to play against Calgary on the weekend because the Bombers had clinched a playoff spot.

Roberts - who is always looking out for himself before anything else - was well aware the rushing title was within reach if he played the final two games.

"His eyes opened about this big," Berry told the Winnipeg Sun, holding his fingers about five inches apart. "He responded with a very loud, 'No! You can't do that!' I said, 'Are you sure?' "

Roberts got the opportunity to play after tasting his own medicine.

PARTING SHOT ...

Good to see Calgary was really focused to play Winnipeg on Saturday night.

The distractions over the alleged bounty placed on Stampeder players wouldn't have anything to do with it - or would it?

When will Denny Creehan - who made the allegations to the media - realize that coaches have a responsibility to promote the league, not give it a black eye?


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