There may be a quarterback crisis in the CFL, but no one is talking about the abundance of receiving talent this league has to offer.
In this past weekend's games, there were amazing catches all around, starting with Toronto's Arland Bruce in an OT thriller at Montreal. On a crucial late drive, Bruce ran inside the five-yard line with Montreal's Chip Cox in tight coverage, then turned his body so the ball landed in his lap. The Rocky Butler pass looked to be going well wide.
Later that same night, Saskatchewan's Matt Dominguez made two crazy, leaping grabs in a victory over the B.C. Lions. The next day in Hamilton, Nate Curry stretched out and kept his feet in bounds to bring in a much-needed TD for the Ticats.
The best catch of the week -- maybe the season -- was Nik Lewis leaving his feet to snare a bomb from Henry Burris in Calgary's win Saturday in Edmonton.
"We have some dynamic receivers in this league with some great hands," said Stampeders head coach Tom Higgins. "Sometimes, these professional athletes make it look too easy. If you get it close to some of the receivers, they can bring it in. Some can even catch it with their backs, and they seem to have glue on their hands."
There may not be as many great QBs as we had in the 1990s, but no one can say there is a dearth of receiving talent to make them look good.
Winnipeg's Milt Stegall, who set the all-time TD record earlier this season, made an outstanding grab for a score a week ago but he said great hands just make up for other deficiencies.
"Either guys are supposed to make them or they're just slow," Stegall said. "That's the case with me most of the time. I'm slow. Guys are slow, so they gotta stretch out."
Calgary may have the deepest receiving corps, although that point could be argued. A couple of weeks ago, Lewis was a healthy scratch, this past week Ken-Yon Rambo sat out and this week may be Marc Boerigter's turn.
Bashir who? They must be asking that in Toronto these days after former Roughrider Dominique Dorsey made a stellar debut with the Argos. His 129-yard missed field goal return tied Bashir Levingston's CFL record from earlier this season, but Dorsey also made an impact on the opening kickoff, returning it 45 yards. Levingston is still a great returner, but the Argos must have had enough of his penchant for retreating to look for a hole and losing yardage ... Moments before kickoff in Edmonton, a fire alarm went off at Commonwealth Stadium, prompting Eskimos director of marketing and communications Dave Jamieson to say, "That's because our explosive offence" ... Worst new trend in the CFL are these suplexes after the whistle. It happened again, this time by Hamilton's Dwight Anderson on Winnipeg's Jamie Stoddard. The CFL must do something about this soon ... The Lions have cleared QB Dave Dickenson for light workouts as he tries to recover from a concussion.
Great work by the TSN camera crew to focus on Toronto's injured QB Michael Bishop walking around telling people about the toe injury Damon Allen suffered against Montreal. Allen should skip all future games in Montreal. This is his fourth major injury at McGill Stadium ... The best line of last week's broadcasts came from Rod Black, who commented after B.C.'s opening score that ended with a pass from Jarious Jackson to Paris Jackson, it was sweet music from the 'Jackson Drive' ... Is anyone else fired up about bacon coming to town? Didn't think so. That Wendy's commercial is getting really annoying ... How cool was it that the Tiger-Cats brought Robbie the bengal tiger to the home outing against the Blue Bombers, or that TSN followed the cat through the Hamilton locker-room? The Ticats will need him for superstition now that they've broken their season-long losing skid ... Adam Braidwood said he saw the Stampeders run their trick play -- a Jeremaine Copeland pass to Henry Burris -- on TV newscasts early last week so the Eskimos defensive lineman stuck close to Burris when Calgary tried it. How, then, did Braidwood not pick it off?
In six games, the Argos have not started and finished with the same QB. No wonder they're 2-4 ... Someone please tell o-lineman to take a knee when they get the ball. Hamilton's Jerome Davis luckily had a Jason Maas pass attempt roll down his helmet and into his arms but then tried to pitch it to someone else. Davis was ruled down before the ball came out, which was a huge break for the Ticats ... Stamps coach Tom Higgins was a little red-faced after throwing his challenge flag against Edmonton on a Trevor Gaylor catch. Higgins didn't see a flag for pass interference and no one told him his challenge would be pointless. "Wow, I won the challenge, but I really lost," Higgins said. "It's great I finally win one but not so great there was two penalties on the play."