Two-sport Lumsden eager to see CFL results

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:54 AM ET

Hurtling down an enclosed track in a metal tube at speeds that top 140 km/h can't help but prepare a guy to carry a football through hundreds of pounds of defensive linemen.

That's the view of Edmonton Eskimos running back Jesse Lumsden, who recently won the Canadian two-man bobsleigh championship with 1998 Olympic gold medallist Pierre Lueders.

"It's the whole mental part of it," Lumsden said. "In about 50 seconds, you're going about 149 (km/h) and you can't see what you're doing. I was pushing, getting in the sled and braking (at the end of the run).

"But it was not like I could put my head up and see where we were. I had to really concentrate. I'm really excited to see how it translates on to the football field."

Though there's a possibility Lumsden could compete for Canada in the two-man bobsleigh at the 2010 Winter Olympics, all that he is focused on now is the 2009 Canadian Football League season.

Lumsden has left behind the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, taking his oft-hurt body to the Eskimos via free agency. The 26-year-old indicated the Argonauts strongly were in the race for his services until he made what he called a "business decision" and signed with Edmonton in February.

Lumsden knew there would be raised eyebrows about his decision to jump into bobsledding, which came about after he was contacted by Bobsleigh Canada developmental coach Matt Hindle. After all, Lumsden's time in the CFL has been beset by injuries. But the Eskimos were okay with the career twist.

As for getting hurt, Lumsden didn't think twice.

"I'm not going to live in a bubble, put it that way," Lumsden said. "All I'm thinking about is playing for the Eskimos this season. If there is anything more (in bobsledding), that will come later."

Riders lose some green

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have been fined $87,147 after going that amount over the CFL's $4.2-million salary cap last year.

Injuries, to the tune of almost 20 starters at one point, helped drive the Riders over the cap.

Saskatchewan, which also was over the limit in 2007, was the lone CFL club to exceed the cap in 2008. But because the Roughriders did not go over by more than $100,000, they won't have to give up a first-round draft pick. The CFL announced recently that the salary cap will remain at $4.2 million for the 2009 season.

TERRY.KOSHAN@SUNMEDIA.CA


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