Catching up to records

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:58 AM ET

A few months ago in this space, we pointed out the excellent exploits of Montreal Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo.

The man they call A.C. has a chance to break several CFL passing records, essentially if he decides to play long enough.

Well, we'd like to make an amendment to that story and mention another Alouettes star who is threatening a couple of prestigious CFL records: slotback Ben Cahoon.

The non-import from Utah just keeps getting it done, having gone 121 consecutive games with at least one catch.

More importantly, the toughest slotback out there has a shot at becoming the CFL's career receptions leader. In Friday's win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, he moved past Don Narcisse and into fourth spot on the list with

921 catches.

Cahoon is on pace to grab 90 receptions this season, which would leave him just 55 behind the legendary Terry Vaughn, who sits on top with 1,006.

Cahoon is 37 years old, which means he could even threaten Milt Stegall's receiving yards record of 15,153. Cahoon is on pace to be only 2,495 yards behind Stegall at the end of the 2009 season.

Considering he averages between 1,100 and 1,200 receiving yards a season, Cahoon might need only two more years to overtake Stegall. He could even retire before he turns 40.

Then again, it's never been about the records for Cahoon. If he can go out on top this season, there's a great chance he'll call it a career.

In other words, watch Calvillo and Cahoon as much as you can over the next two months. Getting to see two Hall-of-Fame locks work their magic together is something that doesn't happen often.

Opening drive

We're two-thirds of the way through the season, and the playoff races are shaping up to be dandy. Only four points separate first from fourth in the West Division, and the crossover is very much a possibility for the second year in a row ... The Als yesterday announced a new 20-year lease with McGill University. Percival Molson Stadium is undergoing an expansion, and the park will expand to 25,000 seats for the start of next season ... And you thought things were wacky in Winnipeg this year? Esks DL Xzavie Jackson went to get a shovel to confront OL Aaron Fiacconi at practice last week was definitely up there when it comes to odd happenings. Esks GM Danny Maciocia stepped in front of Jackson as he headed towards Fiacconi with his weapon and asked: "What are planning on doing with that?"

Endzone toss

The Esks have taken a big hit on defence. DT Dario Romero is out for the season after tearing a biceps tendon Saturday against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The Esks have signed CFL veteran DT Jerome Haywood to help fill the void ... Hey TSN2, I have a question: Twice during Friday's re-broadcast of the Als-Ticats tilt, you removed parts of the game to fit it into the broadcast schedule. That's fine, because we didn't miss anything important. However, on two occasions, you showed everyone standing around for several minutes waiting for a challenge review call. Why not take that out? ... B.C. Lions head coach Wally Buono doesn't have plans to use QB Casey Printers against the Riders ... The Toronto Argonauts (3-9)

are in danger of missing the playoffs for a second year in a row for the first time since 2000 and '01. Despite that, president Bob Nicholson said head coach Bart Andrus' job is safe.

Extra points

The 62,517 fans who showed up for the Esks-Riders game at Commonwealth Stadium (a league record) were 18,000 more than the Als-Ticats and Argos-Bombers crowds combined ... People also like to watch the Riders and Esks play on TV. Their game in Regina Sept. 20 drew 1.13-million viewers, the largest TV audience ever for a CFL regular-season game ... Thanks to last week's acquisition of QB Adam DiMichele from the Stamps, the Bombers have had 10 QBs in Winnipeg since the start of training camp ... The Riders are planning to build a $500,000 clubhouse for its players in a building near Mosaic Stadium ... The CFL trade deadline is Oct. 14 at 4 p.m. EDT.

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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