Picard all business

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:44 AM ET

MONTREAL -- Dominic Picard promises to be as fun as a hangnail this week.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers centre is back in his old stomping grounds for the first time as a professional, and the former Laval Rouge et Or star plans to keep it that way.

"I'm really excited about it," the Ste-Foy, Que., native said. "I don't want any distractions to affect me, but at the same time for sure it's special. As soon as we got in the airport in Montreal it was feeling special.

"But I'm approaching this game on the business aspect. I'm not here on a vacation. I'm here to work and play a great game."

Picard, who will make his fourth career start tonight in place of the injured Obby Khan, needed to corral 14 tickets for family and friends, but he got that out of the way earlier this week.

"It's done already," he said, "and I'm glad about it."

MILT WHO?: Alouettes cornerback Davis Sanchez said he felt no satisfaction two weeks ago when he and the Montreal secondary prevented Milt Stegall from scoring record touchdown No. 138.

"Really, I (couldn't) care less about Milt and his touchdown record," Sanchez said. "Milt's been in this league a long time. He's a great player. He's gonna be a Hall of Famer. He's going to get his record, and it's a great accomplishment for him.

"When we line up, I want to beat the guy in front of me every single snap, and that's really all that matters."

Montreal head coach Jim Popp admitted Stegall's record pursuit is good for the fans and for the league, but he's not thinking about it either, which has become a familiar refrain.

"I'm going into it thinking about the game, not thinking about people's individual records," Popp said.

FIGHT NIGHT: Stegall and Sanchez have an opportunity tonight to add to their history of nastiness towards one another.

Sanchez has forced Stegall to miss two games over the last two years thanks to questionable tackles. When Sanchez went down to tackle him two weeks ago, Stegall got up hopping mad.

Stegall ripped Sanchez's helmet off later in the game, but both reported yesterday that there is no bad blood.

"Me and Milt are always going to get into it on the field, because we're both fiery guys and we both want to win," Sanchez said. "The time when me and Milt are buddy-buddy the whole game long is when me and Milt both need to retire."

"We respect each other," Stegall said. "... We're both professional. Nobody's trying to hurt anybody. Nobody's dirty. It's just part of the game. You're going to get intense when things happen."

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