Eight-team CFL loop?

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:42 AM ET

Two months into the season, it's become evident the CFL could easily add a ninth team. We could make up an all-star roster from the injured lists of the eight current clubs.

Our club, the Broken Downsies, will be anchored at QB by reigning Grey Cup MVP Dave Dickenson and backed up by Damon Allen.

The receiving corps includes the reliable Jason Tucker, the underrated Tony Miles, solid Canadian Dave Stala and 2006 league MOP Geroy Simon.

At running back, the one-two punch of Tyler Ebell and John Avery should be able to find holes behind a line including potential all-stars Gene Makowsky, Jay McNeil, Luke Fritz, Dan Goodspeed and Dan Comiskey.

Our young defence will run a four-three, with Charles Alston and Terrell Jurineack at defensive end surrounding ratio-breakers Jeff Keeping and Luc Mullinder. Tim Strickland, Javy Glatt and T.J. Stancil make up our linebacking crew.

The secondary is strong at halfback with Eddie Davis and J.R. Ruffin, while Anthony Malbrough and Davis Sanchez should be able to shut down most wideouts at cornerback. Ruffin doubles as the returner, while veteran Troy Westwood will be getting some heat from rookie Warren Kean for the kicking duties. We are lacking in a true safety. For some reason, these guys are the most safe this season.

OPENING DRIVE

What an inconclusive -- albeit thrilling -- weekend for CFL viewers across the country. The Stamps and Lions fought to an exciting draw Friday, then CBC went off the air early in the fourth quarter of Saskatchewan's comeback against Edmonton. Those waiting for the game to come back on sat through the Nick Nolte flick The Good Thief. Anyone else feel ripped off? There were no updates on what was a wild, wet one in Regina. It wasn't a great broadcast even before going off the air for 59 minutes ... Question of the week: Are you Superbad? ... Understandably upset with their defence, the Stampeders have started making bye-week changes. They released LB Tony Bua yesterday, while lineman Demetrious Maxie is now back to his role as assistant player personnel director and is already scouting the Indianapolis Colts and former Roughriders running back Kenton Keith. Expect the Stamps to do more shuffling because they are still not happy with their defensive halfbacks ... Fans in Winnipeg should get in their seats early for the Milt Stegall tribute Friday at Canad Inns for what should be a real treat. All of Stegall's record amount of TDs will be played on the JumboTron, while George Reed and Mike Pringle will be there to see it.

ENDZONE TOSS

Scott Schultz had a huge week, on and off the field with a big play, a new addition to his family and some of the most colourful comments pro sports is bound to get at any point. The Schultzs welcomed a daughter, Anna, Wednesday, then Scott recovered an aborted Sean Fleming punt that keyed a comeback against the Eskimos Saturday ... The excitement over receiver Charles Rogers announcing he's ready to give the CFL a try is quite amusing. Here's another NFL bust who believes he can light it up in Canada without much effort. His agent also didn't do his homework in saying several teams were interested in him. Only one, the Alouettes, can sign him right now because Montreal has him on their neg list. What would be a better move for the Als would be getting non-import RB Kerry Carter under contract ... Nice to see Chris Szarka get back on the scoresheet with the Roughriders, notching his first rushing TD since Sept. 4, 2005.

EXTRA POINTS

In a few weeks, Corey Holmes fans are going to talking about how the running back is underused in the Roughriders offence, much the way he was in Hamilton. Still, give Saskatchewan GM Eric Tillman credit for seeing an asset available cheap and making a great trade with Hamilton. Holmes and Jason Armstead are similar as return specialists but Tillman managed to snag hometown boy Chris Getzlaf (a 2007 draft choice) in the deal. Saskatchewan also appears headed for its first home playoff date since 1988. The 'Riders haven't started at 6-2 since 1976, the last year the team finished in first place ... The CFL has quietly stopped awarding a point for kickoffs that go into or through the endzone. They better not tinker with the Rouge.


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