'Gades still spittin' mad at Ticat

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:29 AM ET

While stressing the importance of the final score, the Renegades could also have some personal scores to settle when they host Hamilton in the season finale Saturday.

And one of them would figure to be with Tim Cheatwood.

The Ticat defensive end is still referred to as a "punk" in the Ottawa room for his actions in the final minute of the game between these teams two weeks ago.

Cheatwood so enraged George Hudson, the veteran centre took a penalty that, at the time, appeared to squelch any hope the Renegades had of extending their season.

Hudson later explained his reason for going after Cheatwood and screaming at officials -- Hamilton's No. 49 had just spit in his face for the third time in his career and he wasn't going to take it anymore.

For his part, Renegades coach Joe Paopao shrugged off Hudson's actions with a man's-gotta-do-what-a-man's-gotta-do attitude, although it's pretty certain he would have had a long talk with him about bad penalties had Brad Banks not lessened its significance by following up the incident with a dramatic drive that sent the game into overtime.

CFL commissioner Tom Wright obviously read the original account of the story in the Sun as he did speak to Hudson about it days later.

Hudson repeated to Wright what had happened and Wright said he'd look into it, but the CFL has not and therefore now assuredly will not take action on Cheatwood.

"I felt violated," Hudson remembered yesterday. "He spit in my face, and it wasn't cool. I'd like to see something done."

Asked if he would seek his own retribution this weekend, Hudson replied: "I'm pissed, but I'm not a cheap player. I don't spit in people's faces."

Veteran offensive tackle Chris Burns was still burning over Cheatwood's actions.

'CHEAP AND COWARDLY'

"It's disgusting, just about the worst thing a guy can do, it's cheap and cowardly and a (b.s.) act," said Burns. "That happened to me, right here in a game against Toronto, last year. We had just thrown an interception and I was running downfield to hit (safety Michael) Fletcher, and Mike O'Shea, the dirtiest player in the league, spit in my face.

"Cheatwood is a good player, but he's also a punk. Anybody that spits in somebody's face on purpose, and more than once ... he's a super punk. You've got to fine a guy like that. It shouldn't be happening in pro football. Ask him about it, but he'll probably be a coward and deny he did it."

Burns also refused to say the Renegades would be seeking Cheatwood out on Saturday.

"We're worried about winning the game," he said. "It's the biggest game of the season for us now and all that other stuff is secondary. "Like (teammate) Gerald Vaughn said to me today, we've got to beat these guys or they sweep us (on the season). We can't let that happen.

"It's no secret we don't get along too well with these guys.

"The last two years, we've been the two teams at the bottom of the standings, and we have felt we need to beat them, like I'm sure they look at it the same way.

"It's one more time to perform in front of our fans, and it's a big deal to us. For all of us, it's been an incredibly disappointing season, and this is our last chance to end it on a positive note."


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