'Gades chasing Sweet success

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:23 AM ET

So, Kerry Joseph wants Ottawa to experience the Red Sox thing, huh?

Well there's a start - the adoption of Fenway Park's favourite tune.

"Where it began, I can't begin to know when ... But then I know it's growing strong ..."

The Gliebermen try-again includes a dusty karaoke singer by the name of Jonathon T. Henri, whose signature can also be heard at every Red Sox home game: Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline.

Oh, wasn't the spring, whooo ... And spring became the summer ... Who'd believe you'd come along

Henri is a "Canadian recording artist" from Ottawa who says he's working on a brand new album.

"I'm just looking for a label right now," says Henri, whose job (for now) it is to lead fans at Frank Clair Stadium in sing-a-longs. "I really believe I can crack the business. I've had my suitcase packed the last 12 years. When opportunity knocks, I'm gone."

Henri hosts karaoke nights "four or five times" a week in local bars. He says he's "very versatile" and that he's "never sung better" in his life.

Last night's trial run -- with Henri surrounded by Ruffy and a couple of cheerleaders while outfitted in Renegade garb -- was not without its glitches. Some people, in fact, didn't think he was very good.

Nonetheless, he gets two thumbs up from Cheapseats -- if only because we like his song and know first hand the atmosphere that would be created if everyone joined in.

Hands, touching hands, reaching out ... Touching me, touching yoooouuuu ... Oh, sweet Caroline (Ba Ba Ba) ... Good times never seemed so good ..... I've been inclined to believe it never would ...

SIDELINE TO SIDELINE: Matt Kellett's first punt attempt as a Renegade was enough to prove they can't start the season with him handling those duties. Whether the snap was bad or he just missed it, Kellett's reluctance to partake in physical contact was evident in his half-assed attempt to knock the loose ball through the end zone. The result -- a fumble recovery, Montreal touchdown and job security for Pat Fleming .... The extra 25 lbs. Jason Kralt claimed to gain in the off-season didn't slow him down as he returned a first quarter kick up the middle for 31 yards. If rookie Cory Hathaway ever stops being "unbelievable" (Joe Paopao's word) as a fullback, maybe the Renegades should consider converting Kralt ... The Renegades wore those whites in Montreal last week too, didn't they? Is that part of Lonie Glieberman's "simplifying"? One set of jerseys for both home and away? ... Appearing to win himself a job with the Renegades last night was DB Greg Moss, who also doubles as a return specialist ... Renegades third-string QB Paul Peterson was helped off the field at the end of the third quarter and did not get back in the game. Think Lonie still has a number for ex-Shreveport Pirates QB Billy Joe Tolliver? ... Hit of the Night award goes to Renegades LB D'Wayne Taylor.

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO HMMM...: Not one but two former Rough Rider GMs were in attendance -- Dan Rambo and Mike McCarthy. They now scout for the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers, respectively ... We like Montreal WR Tim Gilligan. But we would've preferred they brought along the Movie Star ... Groan? Whaddya mean? The name of the Renegades new charity giveaway "Dough From Yo" is more clever? ... Not a good sign for the Renegades was Joseph's personal bodyguard, T Reggie Nelson, being helped off the field early in the second quarter ...You'd never believe former radio/TV personality Dan Mooney is entering his 17th season calling plays as a spotter in the Frank Clair Stadium press box. He still looks like he should be in high school ... An off-season transaction we didn't know about? The Bear's Stuntman Stu replaced by the Hot 89.9 morning crew as the in-stadium hosts?

EXTRA POINTS: Not everyone can wrap Ezra Landry on a punt return the way Dave Donaldson did early in the second quarter. Not everyone can even see objects that small ... That was John Turntine, who has lost 23 lbs. (that Kralt found?) from last season, who tracked down Landry after a 97-yard return on a missed field goal ... That's two pre-season fumble recoveries for Donaldson, who pounced on a loose ball in the third quarter after Quincy Coleman jarred it loose at the end of a long reception and run by O'Neil Wilson ... There's something about the new setup at FCS with the two team benches now on opposite sidelines that just looks more comfortable ... Sylvain Landry (no relation to Ezra) was the voice on the P.A. system last night. You'll remember him as the former in-crowd host at Senators games. He's less annoying in this new role -- but it's also early.


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