This week's Quick Hits is with Renegades right guard Pascal Cheron, a 6-foot-4, 304-lb. CFL veteran who was born in Charlesborough, Quebec and came to the nation's capital in a Feb. 19 trade with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The interview was conducted moments after Ottawa's 22-17 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Thursday.
Q.H.: What is it like to be standing on the sidelines with the rest of the offence when more than 20,000 fans are on their feet cheering wildly, as was the case moments before Korey Banks' momentum-turning interception in the fourth quarter?
P.C.: It's just a great feeling. I had shivers. It's a boost of energy. It's incredible, hard to describe. But that cliche to say (the fans) are the 13th player? That's just it. They give us that extra little bit that makes us go a step further. Makes us stronger, makes us go crazy, you know?
Q.H.: What was the personal highlight of the game for Ottawa's right guard?
P.C.: I need to see the film. During the heat of the battle, it's hard to say what happened. But I'm proud we won all those third down and one (situations), it's a good accomplishment for us.
Q.H.: Was it dirty in the trenches? Was there much nastiness? A lot of trash exchanged?
P.C.: Not much talk. Defensively, Saskatchewan is very strong, so they don't have to play like that. They play hard from beginning to end. There are no nasty players. They're just very physical.
Q.H.: What was the worst pain you felt tonight?
P.C.: I took a nice helmet in the ribs. I lost my breath. I never saw the guy. I was blocking my man and the guy arrived from nowhere, trying to get Kerry Joseph. But it's all right.
Q.H.: Earlier this season you spent part of a game throwing up on the sidelines because you were dehydrated. What happened that night?
P.C.: I was sweating so much ... even when I tie my shoes, I sweat, so when it was like 40 C and a very physical game ... we were running the ball very well. We kept the ball for like 38 minutes. That explains why I was throwing up all I had. For a good five minutes. Solid. I lost at least 15 pounds, but it was only water. A lot of people tell me, I'd love to lose 15 pounds like that, but it's only water. My fat is still there.
Q.H.: What would you eat the day of a game?
P.C.: Some sandwiches. I don't eat a lot before a game, especially when it's hot. Two ham sandwiches, a lot of fruits, a lot of fluids, but not much food, because of the stress and all that. You're a little anxious before a game and you don't feel like eating too much. And nothing after 3 p.m.
Q.H.: What about after a game? What will you have tonight?
P.C.: I'm going to eat a lot of fat food. Fast food, that's my little treat tonight. I'm going to McDonald's and get five pounds of fat tonight.
Q.H.: What about replenishing the fluids?
P.C.: Three days before, you never stop. They say drink more than you think you can drink, and if you think it's enough, it's not enough. Especially for me, because I sweat so much. I drink at least six or seven litres of liquid a day, even more. Basically water.
Q.H.: And after the game?
P.C.: It's going to be more sugar, more Gatorade, stuff like that to recuperate.
Q.H.: Will you have a beer maybe?
P.C.: Oh yeah. To celebrate. It's important to celebrate, you know? We feel good about ourselves. We found a way to win.
Q.H.: How good can this team be?
P.C.: Way better than we are right now. A lot of people say we have overachieved, but no. As a team I think we can play better and better. But it's such a long season and it's only Week 8 right now. If we start to think about playoffs, we're not on a good track. In November, we can talk about playoffs.
Q.H.: What are you looking forward to doing most during the bye week, which starts after next Friday's game in Winnipeg?
P.C.: I have a house in Hamilton, so I'll go back there, relax with my family, enjoy a good time. I'll eat a lot of barbecue, and just rest with my daughter and my wife, who is pregnant with twins. That's about it.
Q.H.: You wouldn't think there are a lot of people who say: "For my holidays, I'm going to Hamilton."
P.C.: I know, eh? Sounds bizarre, but it's the case.
- Born: June 22, 1974, in Charlesborough, Que.
- Position: Right guard
- Stats: 6-foot-4, 304 lbs.