In the CFL, one team's trash can become another club's treasure in a real hurry.
And that was no more evident than the past month when several players who have been cut by one team have emerged as a major contributor on another.
The best example of this was Montreal Alouettes' 42-11 victory Monday over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in which three free-agent signings starred for the home team.
Running back Dahrran Diedrick stepped up for the injured Avon Cobourne and had 15 carries for 127 yards for the Alouettes. A year ago, Diedrick was on the scrap heap after getting cut by the woeful Edmonton Eskimos.
Defensive lineman Keron Williams is another. Considered too small to play defensive tackle for the Calgary Stampeders, the West Division club cut Williams this off-season, but he quickly joined the Alouettes when former Stamps defensive co-ordinator Tim Burke went to Montreal. Williams is third in the league in sacks with nine after recording one and a forced fumbled against the Tiger-Cats.
But the Alouettes aren't completely immune to cutting someone and seeing them emerge successfully with someone else.
The Alouettes released both defensive lineman Kai Ellis and return specialist Jason Armstead this season, and both were picked up by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Ellis had three sacks in a win over the Toronto Argonauts this past Friday, while Armstead had a punt-return TD against the Edmonton Eskimos three weeks ago.
The Blue Bombers did let running back Dominique Dorsey go after a short tryout, and he joined the Argos in the middle of 2007.
The Bombers also turfed receiver O'Neill Wilson, who was also let go by the Tiger-Cats before landing with the B.C. Lions and making an outstanding touchdown grab a week ago.
But the poster boy for reclamation projects is Eskimos slotback Kamau Peterson, who was released by the Stampeders, traded by the Blue Bombers to the Tiger-Cats and then let go by Hamilton before the Eskimos picked up the Canadian as a free agent.
With seven catches for 72 yards last week against the Lions, Peterson topped the 1,000-yard mark for the second straight season.
The Eskimos may have a case of one comeback story usurping another, as DE Fred Perry tries to return from a broken leg. DE Brandon Guillory has done a great job coming back from a broken neck that kept him out all of last season. The Eskimos will need to juggle the roster to get both Perry and import RB A.J. Harris back into the lineup ... Anybody else unimpressed with Theory of a Deadman being named the headline Grey Cup halftime act? Picking a Montreal-based band would have made for a better choice. Was The Arcade Fire unavailable? ... It was odd seeing the notoriously cheap Bombers RB Joe Smith throw the ball into the crowd after scoring Friday against the Argonauts. That may cost him $75, which is about a dozen bags full of bottles and cans.
The interception was probably his fault, but Roughriders SB Chris Getzlaf made a great effort to stop Stampeders S Milton Collins from a possible CFL record-setting play Monday. Getzlaf caught up to Collins and made a great shoe-string tackle or it could have been a 115-plus-yard interception return for a touchdown ... Blue Bombers SB Romby Bryant went over 1,000 yards, the first time a first-year CFLer has done it for the Winnipeg club since Perry Tuttle did it 22 years ago ... The Blue Bombers aren't sure if they've ever had two 100-yard rushers in the same game, but it definitely hadn't happened in 20 years before RBs Joe Smith and Fred Reid accomplished the feat last Friday night. This week, Thunder and Lightning (Smith and Reid) face the CFL's top rushing defence in Calgary ... Lions QB Buck Pierce can show his maturity by shaking off last week's yanking and beating the Eskimos Friday night in a must-watch game thanks to last week's brawl. "When you play this game long enough, you don't let one bad game destroy your confidence," Pierce said.
The Eskimos have put up 48 points combined in the last two second quarters of football ... The Lions are no longer an intimidating force in B.C. Place They have lost three games at home during one season for the first time in the Wally Buono tenure ... Lions SB Geroy Simon came dangerously close to having his consecutive games-with-a-catch streak end until making one grab for three yards against the Eskimos ... The Roughriders play their final three games in a span of 12 days, although two of those are against the two weakest teams in the CFL (home to Hamilton this Sunday and in Toronto Oct. 30) ... At 6-foot-3, 240-lb., Scott Coe may be the biggest CFL player to ever play safety when he took over the position during the Eskimos win over the Lions.
WHAT DID YOU SAY?
Back-to-back games are silly ... all you do is watch the same film you watched last week.
Lions centre Angus Reid
PLAYIN' THE NUMBERS GAME
Combined rushing yards on seven carries for Ticats RBs Jesse Lumsden and Kenton Keith against the Alouettes.
WEEK'S TOP PERFORMERS
1. Als SB Jamel Richardson -- Amazing 12 catches for 125 yards and three TDs.
2. Stamps S Milton Collins -- Two endzone INTs against Roughriders QB Michael Bishop, plus a sack.
3. Bombers OL Dan Goodspeed -- Blasted open holes as both Joe Smith and Fred Reid topped 100 yards rushing.
OUR PREDICTIONS FOR THE WEEK AHEAD
B.C. at Edmonton-- Clearly the game of the week. Eskimos by 1.
Montreal at Toronto -- Stick a fork in the Argos. Als by 18.
Winnipeg at Calgary -- Bombers keep it close. Stamps by 6.
Hamilton at Saskatchewan -- Home team rebounds from blowout. Riders by 17.
Record (last week; overall): 3-1; 34-26