Nearly 3 1/2 years after their demise, the defunct Ottawa Renegades still have 10 players on active CFL rosters.
Every Grey Cup champion since the 'Gades went down after the 2005 season featured a player plucked from the team's carcass.
First, it was Korey Banks helping the B.C. Lions win in 2006, then Kerry Joseph was the CFL's most outstanding player in leading the Saskatchewan Roughriders to glory.
A year ago, Canadian Markus Howell helped the Calgary Stampeders claim their first Cup since 2001.
So it will take the Montreal Alouettes or the Roughriders to break that streak this year.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Shawn Gallant, Obby Khan, Fred Perry) and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Matt Kirk, Alexandre Gauthier, George Hudson) have the most former Renegades with three each, while the Edmonton Eskimos (Kai Ellis), the B.C. Lions (Banks), the Stamps (Howell) and the Toronto Argos (Joseph) have one each.
There is one former Ottawa Rough Riders player kicking around -- the injured Paul McCallum.
You are only as good as your next kick. We hear it from Stamps K Sandro DeAngelis all the time. It was never more true this weekend for DeAngelis and Argos rookie Justin Medlock. Both kickers had slight misses that would have won games for their teams. Neither could be faulted, as Medlock's attempt from 57 yards hit the bar a play after he made a 47-yarder but was flagged for a time-count violation. DeAngelis misplayed a whipping wind, and it was from 49 yards. The odd thing is both players were perfect on the season until that point ... It was erroneously reported in this space last week WR Tony Miles was the one who punched former Argos K Noel Prefontaine in the 2005 season opener. In fact it was WR Robert Baker who slugged Prefontaine. Miles is looking for work as a teacher, so it's only fair to say he wasn't the one who taught Prefontaine a lesson that day ... Speaking of slugging kickers, DeAngelis took a few from P Burke Dales in a practice fight in what was one of the stranger weeks for one team. Although they claim to have made up, DeAngelis moved lockers to get away from Dales. The players have sat next to each other since joining the team in 2005.
Hard to believe, but SB Chris Getzlaf was an afterthought in a 2007 trade that brought him home to Regina. Getzlaf was drafted by the Ticats but thrown in with RB Corey Holmes for WR Jason Armstead in the late-season trade that helped the Riders win the Grey Cup. With his two-TD performance that included a thrilling game winner against Calgary, Getzlaf looks like a steal as both other players are done ... Speaking of Holmes, he is now the mayor of his hometown of Metcalfe, Miss. ... Now that the Alouettes have lost a game, can we stop crowning them the 2009 Grey Cup champs? There was too much fawning over a team that always wins the majority of its games in July and August.
In a surprise move, Riders DT Scott Schultz is expected to announce his retirement today ... Ugly stat of the week: The Argos have lost a club-record eight in a row at home. They have a long way to go to top Ottawa's record of 14 set in 1988-89 ... The Bombers are suddenly ball-hawks. They have 13 picks this season after getting 15 in 2008. Next are the Stamps with seven ... Nice to see WR Prechae Rodriguez break out of a mini-sophomore slump with a second-straight catch-of-the-week. Through the first three weeks, it seemed like P-Rod wasn't going to live up to his billing as Spider-Man ... You know things are starting to go bad in Vancouver when the Lions are picking up castoffs from division rivals. The Lions added LB JoJuan Armour (cut by the Stamps) and RB A.J. Harris (cut by the Esks) yesterday.