Tough to measure up to Stegall

IAN BUSBY

, Last Updated: 8:03 AM ET

When Milt Stegall sets the new standard for touchdowns there may not be any one receiver playing now that can eclipse the new mark.

Even getting to where the outstanding Winnipeg star is now will be difficult for some of the CFL stars if they hope to reach 137 career touchdowns by age 37, which is what Stegall has done.

For example, veteran receiver Ben Cahoon would need to average 28.7 touchdowns per year over the next three seasons to hit the record and it seems unlikely the Alouettes star would keep playing long enough to challenge for the stat.

Other top pass catchers have better chances but would need to maintain excellence over several seasons, which is exactly what Stegall has done.

B.C.'s Geroy Simon needs to average 14.8 TDs for five seasons to catch his former teammate, Edmonton's Jason Tucker would have to get 14.2 over six seasons, while Calgary's Jeremaine Copeland must average 14.2 in seven campaigns.

Toronto's Arland Bruce has more time but would need 11.5 TDs in his next eight seasons, while Saskatchewan's Matt Dominguez needs to average 15.5 over the same time frame.

Of the receivers mentioned, only Simon has put up a season in which he scored more than a dozen times.

One of the favourites, only because of his relative young age, is Stampeders slotback Nik Lewis, who would need to average 9.3 TDs over the next 12 seasons to hit 137.

One player in the league who could pass Stegall's TD record eventually is his current teammate Charles Roberts. The running back has been hot to start the season and he could pass the 137 mark with nine seasons of 8.7 touchdowns. He's halfway to that average already this year.

OPENING DRIVE

Last week in this space, we mentioned two connections to the U.S. expansion era that ended in 1995. We erred. There are three players remaining in the CFL who played on U.S. based teams -- Anthony Calvillo, Damon Allen and Saskatchewan's Eddie Davis, who is still playing at such a high level now it's hard to believe his first year was 1995 ... Stampeders offensive co-ordinator George Cortez, who was with the Roughriders last season, said having Davis is like having a coach on the field. But the veteran DB doesn't know if he would pursue coaching once his stellar CFL career ends. "It's hard to leave my family at home now," Davis said. "My family is back in Calgary. Unless I can coach in Calgary, my wife my will X that out." ... As long as he stays in this week against the Tiger-Cats, Calvillo will surely join the 50,000-yard club for passing. He needs just 167 yards to become the fourth player in CFL history to hit the mark. One record Calvillo could set -- and probably won't want to -- is for getting sacked in a season, which has happened 14 times in just two games.

ENDZONE TOSS

Has Bombers defensive lineman Tom Canada decided he wants to follow Matt Dunigan and become a referee? It sort of seemed that way when he ripped the nylon from a ref's pocket against the Alouettes and threw it to the ground. The move drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and a berating from coach Doug Berry, who did laugh about it a day later. "You know, it was surprising to me that he was still smiling when I was talking to him." ... Every time Tony Simmons makes a catch this season, it's a good reminder for how overcoming adversity is what makes some players special. The Lions receiver had his last two seasons cut short by major knee injuries. Let's hope he keeps running great routes.

COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE

Remarkably, Saskatchewan's 49-8 beating of Calgary wasn't the most lopsided 'Riders win in the history of the storied rivalry.

The 'Riders beat the Stamps 53-8 Oct. 3, 1982. Funny how eight points is the tally for the Stamps each time.


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