Like many others from St. Catharines, Renegades C George Hudson offered his opinion yesterday on the release of school-girl killer Karla Homolka from prison.
"I think she got out of jail way too early for what she did," said Hudson, who was 14 when Homolka and her former husband Paul Bernardo committed their crimes.
Homolka was released from prison on Monday after serving a 12-year sentence for part in the grisly murders that shocked St. Catharines.
And Hudson remembers an eerie atmosphere in the city during that time.
"It was different. You just didn't have the same feeling about the community after all that happened."
He once drove by the house of Bernardo and Homolka after the crimes took place and before it was demolished.
"I just got a weird feeling right in the pit of my stomach," said Hudson, whose uncle lived in the same neighbourhood.
DOUBLE HONOURS: Ottawa QB Kerry Joseph and K Matt Kellett were named offensive and special teams players of the week, respectively, yesterday by the CFL. Joseph rushed for three touchdowns and threw one TD pass during Friday's comeback 39-36 overtime win over Montreal at Frank Clair Stadium, while Kellett connected all four field goal tries, including the tying kick on the final play of regulation.
FRENCH CONNECTION: The Renegades picked up free-agent DB Martin Gagnon yesterday. The Laval grad was a sixth-round pick of Edmonton in the 2004 Canadian college draft. "He's got a lot of athleticism," said Renegades coach Joe Paopao.
MEA CULPA: Montreal coach Don Matthews took the blame for Friday's loss to Ottawa, telling reporters in Montreal it was mistake to gamble on third down, one yard short of a first down, in Renegades territory with one minute remaining in regulation. QB Anthony Calvillo threw an incompletion out of shotgun formation on the play, giving the ball to the Renegades who drove for the tying field goal. "We had difficulty coming up with a play. That's my responsibility," said Matthews. "It wasn't the correct play and I take all the responsibility. We have plays for third and two, but never brought them up. It was a snap decision. It we had to do it over again, we'd run the ball."
GRID BITS: WR Jason Armstead, who was attending his uncle's funeral in Mississippi, missed practice again yesterday. Paopao has given Armstead as much time as he needs to be with his family, but believes he'll be back for today's practice and will be ready for Friday's game in Vancouver ... Rookie LB Brian Oddi needs season-ending knee surgery. Oddi hurt the knee during the team's first pre-season game in Montreal.