Almost Blue

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:54 AM ET

If it weren't for a pair of wet shoulder pads, Ed Hervey might have been a Winnipeg Blue Bomber.

The Edmonton Eskimos wide receiver showed up in Winnipeg in 1996 after a failed tryout with the Dallas Cowboys.

"I came here for a couple days and it was one of the worst places I have ever been," Hervey told the Edmonton Sun.

"At the time -- whoever was in charge -- things just weren't run correctly.

"After that first day (here) and some other stuff that happened, I knew I had to get out of here in order to keep my sanity."

The story that sticks out in Hervey's head is when he was handed a pair of wet shoulder pads.

"I called up my agent that night and said, 'I want to go home.'" said Hervey.

Three years later, he joined the Eskimos.

MORE SEVERANCE PAY? Former Stampeders president Ron Rooke, who is now the CFL Players' Association's vice-president of marketing, won the 50/50 draw at Thursday's Stamps game.

"I didn't know where to report to," Rooke told the Calgary Sun.

Rooke won $12,000, and he received the winner's cheque from Stamps executive vice-president Stan Schwartz.

Coincidentally, Rooke was part of the front office when Schwartz was fired as team president by former owner Michael Feterik.

POOR RICKY: Wonder how long the Vancouver Sun's Iain MacIntyre had been waiting to write this:

"For 30 minutes Friday, it was a bong show. The Toronto Argonauts stunk the joint out. Ricky Williams may as well have hidden in the weed because his offence played like dopes in the first half against a superior B.C. Lions' defence."

LATE HITS: Lions linebacker Carl Kidd went back to university recently to earn his degree. When he accepted his diploma on stage, he pointed to his 12-year-old son and said, "You've got to beat this."

"He thinks he's going to be better than me in sports. But I'm challenging him to be better than me in the classroom," Kidd told the Vancouver Sun ... Darnell Kennedy was in Georgia training to be an 18-wheeler mechanic when the Argos called last week about their third-string quarterback job. Kennedy was on the next flight to Toronto ... Eskimos fullback (and part-time ultimate fighter) Mike Maurer had a wrestling mat in the locker-room last week and did some grappling with linebacker A.J. Gass ... Lions slotback Geroy Simon is on pace for 149 catches, which would be the second most in a season in league history ... Home teams have a 10-1 record this season.


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