Mind-boggling numbers

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:01 AM ET

Anthony Calvillo tied Ron Lancaster for second in all-time TD passes during an odd moment.

It happened on a long bomb in Regina just moments after Lancaster's good friend was doing a TV interview. Then the Montreal Alouettes decided to leave the pivots tied for another week.

The Montreal Alouettes veteran fired his 333rd touchdown pass in a blowout win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The major strike to Kerry Watkins came almost at the same time as running back George Reed did an interview with TSN about the Little General, who was named the Riders' most outstanding player nominee for the 1960s.

Make no mistake, Calvillo will throw another TD and surpass Lancaster, but the Als were satisfied to keep running the ball for scores the rest of the game.

Now Calvillo has his sights on Damon Allen's CFL record of 394 TD passes, and the Als veteran is on a much stronger pace than the ageless pivot.

If Calvillo keeps up his resurgence, he would overtake Allen sometime during the 2011 season. He would probably be 39 at the time (his birthday is Aug. 23, 1972), which would be much younger than Allen when he hung up the cleats at 44.

Let's pretend Calvillo finishes with 400 TD passes to illustrate how tough that number would be to reach:

- A new quarterback to the league would need to average 25 majors per year for 16 seasons.

- Toronto Argonauts quarterback Kerry Joseph, who is going to turn 36 this season, would need to average about 30 TDs for another 10 years. His career high is 25.

- Stamps pivot Henry Burris (34) would have to throw 35 a year for another six-plus seasons. He's only topped 35 once.

- Eskimos QB Ricky Ray (turning 30 this year) needs to maintain his remarkable average of 25.5 TDs per season for another nine years.

Among the current CFL pivots, Ray has the best chance of chasing down Calvillo due to his strong start to his career.

But Ray has only done it for five years and would need another solid 10 years to challenge for the final number.

That's just how impressive Calvillo's career has become.

OPENING DRIVE

Buck Pierce gets criticized for being injured often but he did everything he could to avoid a hit against the Eskimos by sliding on the turf. Unfortunately for the Lions QB, safety Elliott Richardson hit Pierce while he had given himself up and the rookie will be subject to some league discipline. The hit was too fast to be called blatant but it was careless nonetheless ... Every player ever cut wants to experience what Kevin Glenn did this weekend. The former Bombers pivot came on in relief for the Tiger-Cats and led his new team to victory. Glenn handled it with class, passing on the opportunity to take a verbal shot at his former club ... Both coaches in Hamilton (Marcel Bellefeuille) and B.C. (Wally Buono) have small QB controversies on their hands. Buono came out immediately and said Pierce would play against the Stamps this week, while Bellefeuille confirmed yesterday Quinton Porter will return ahead of Glenn. Porter wasn't terrible (16-of-23 passing for 188 yards and a pick) before getting replaced at halftime.

ENDZONE TOSS

In the category of only in the CFL: The Argos lose three Canadian receivers against the Stamps and suddenly their offence is totally immobilized. With no flexibility in terms of personnel, the Stamps pounced after Tyler Scott, Andre Talbot and Matt Lambros were all hurt. "We had pulled the trigger in virtually anything we had in our four-receiver, two-back group," said Argos coach Bart Andrus, who is new to the import ratio. "We were trying to come up with things, and what you saw was poor execution all the way around." ... The Ticats signed LB Derrick Pope as a possible replacement for Otis Floyd, who was hurt putting a huge hit on Bombers QB Stefan LeFors.


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