By George, 'Gade isn't happy with some fans

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:27 AM ET

When it comes to certain Renegades fans, George Hudson would like less talk and more action.

Irking the veteran centre specifically are callers to the local all sports radio station who are saying coach Joe Paopao deserves to be shown the door.

"It seems like right now, the only ones who haven't given up on us is ourselves," Hudson said after yesterday's practice -- the first since Ottawa's record was dropped to 5-6 and losing streak extended to three courtesy of the B.C. Lions. "We're still in the hunt for a playoff spot. We're still in the running for first place.

"But I was listening to the Team 1200 the other day and it seemed every other caller was saying Coach P. should be fired, or he should resign. That's just stupid. Then what? Who do we have then? It's just ridiculous."

Also frustrating to Hudson, among others, are the attendance numbers at Frank Clair Stadium in 2005.

Through five home games, the average turnout is approximately 18,600. Only once has the crowd surpassed the 20,000 mark, and Ottawa has been the site of the only four sub-20,000 turnouts in the CFL this year.

"Then you get a team like Hamilton, which is 2-and-a-lot (nine) and is drawing 29,000 ... it's very disappointing," said Hudson. "This is a much bigger town than Hamilton, and the ticket prices are reasonable. It's almost like they're counting on us to fail."

EXTRA POINTS: After balking at an offer to join the practice roster, RB Ka'Ron Coleman had a change of heart and returned to Ottawa on the weekend. Coleman might now find himself activated this week, as Josh Ranek is nursing a tender ankle. "A lot of it will be on Josh," said Paopao. "I know he wants to play, but we might have to dress (Coleman) as insurance." ... Making his 2005 debut this week will be CB Crance Clemons, who was regarded as one of the best cover guys in the league before joining the Indianapolis Colts last season. There's a possibility he could take the roster spot of DB Korey Banks, who has a bruised thigh ... Paopao also said that Brad Banks has been elevated to the No. 2 QB position and is ready to go if needed. Banks has been recovering from a rotator cuff problem he suffered at camp and has yet to see any action in 2005 ... WR Pat Woodcock was encouraged by the way his sore groin responded to yesterday's practice and hopes he'll be ready to return for this week's visit by Winnipeg. Woodcock stressed how important the game is for the Renegades, who currently have an identical record as Saskatchewan and Calgary. If the playoffs began today, only two of the three teams would get in. "I don't know if we're at the must win stage but we're certainly getting close to it," said Woodcock. "It's just important for us to get out and start playing like we were in the first half of the season, and stop playing like the lousy team we've been the last couple of weeks."


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