Tackling trade deadline day

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 12:39 PM ET

Unlike their NHL counterparts, CFL general managers usually make trade deadline day one of the quietest of the calendar year.

In an eight-team loop, there is hardly a flurry of veterans moving cities for a playoff run in action that causes the sports networks to go live with hours of analysis.

The biggest move we could see at today's deadline would be Jason Maas getting shipped from Montreal to Edmonton to help solve the Eskimos woes at quarterback with Ricky Ray done for the season.

However, this would be the transaction wire if CFL Blitz were in charge of the league for one day:

- MONTREAL -- Trades GM's stubborness for head coach Don Matthews, who ends short retirement.

- TORONTO -- Trades eight 2008 home dates for automatic berth in this year's Grey Cup at Rogers Centre.

- HAMILTON -- Trades four games remaining this year for full 2008 season of Jesse Lumsden and Casey Printers.

- WINNIPEG -- Trades 140 of Milt Stegall's touchdowns for one ring.

- SASKATCHEWAN -- Trades 19 years of frustration for week of partying in November.

- CALGARY -- Trades 12,000 Alberta-based Roughriders fans for magic shoulder medicine.

- EDMONTON -- Trades Stefan LeFors' healthy left shoulder for Ricky Ray's injured right one.

- B.C. -- Trades two quarterbacks for time machine that puts them at Nov. 25, 2007.

OPENING DRIVE

Kenton Keith's success with Indianapolis and Ricky Williams flopping with Toronto last seasons proves how close the talent level is between the NFL and CFL and that opportunity is everything. Credit current Colts scout and longtime CFL coach Cal Murphy with recognizing that Keith could help the Super Bowl champions this season. Murphy was scouting the Roughriders-Stampeders game at McMahon Stadium yesterday looking for the next great prospect ... The Roughriders may have let a good one go in Dominique Dorsey, who scored his third return TD for the Argos this week.

ENDZONE TOSS

There is so much secrecy about Matt Dominguez's knee that speculation is rampant even among Roughriders players. Dominguez is working hard to get back for a playoff drive but won't reveal exactly how he feels to teammates so they won't get their hopes up ... Stamps OL Godfrey Ellis took a challenge from left tackle Garrick Jones this week and quickly rattled off 50 pushups, earning himself $50. "He wanted me to follow him to the bank," Ellis said. "I said bring it tomorrow. I really didn't know I had that in me." Ellis, a backup at tackle and guard, certainly proved his strength lifting his 300-lb. body ... All three Eskimos QBs on the roster last week are from Louisiana, the home state of player personnel director Paul Jones.

EXTRA POINTS

Lions RT Jason Jimenez spends his off-season learning simplified Mandarin, just in case the Chinese take over the world. "When the time comes, I don't want to be left behind," Jimenez said. "The geo-political position in the world, I believe it will be like the U.S. is now" ... Michael Bishop is 7-1 as starter but really needs to improve for Argos to have a chance down the stretch. Toronto is winning with defence and special teams. Even a former defensive player scored their key offensive TD against Edmonton, as Bishop hit now fullback Jeff Keeping for his first major ... Huge matchup of NFL great offspring yesterday in Montreal, as Walter Payton's son Jarrett ran the ball for Montreal and was tackled by James Lofton's son David ... For those teams trying to solve placekicking woes, why not take a look at Bret Anderson? The slotback did a great job filling in for Paul McCallum against Winnipeg, kicking a 44-yard field goal.


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