Weekend of Milt

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:18 AM ET

Milt Stegall went home on Friday, had a couple of grilled chicken sandwiches and called it a night.

And what a night it was.

The Winnipeg slotback broke the CFL's all-time touchdown record with a pair of scores -- No. 138 and No. 139 -- in the Blue Bombers' 36-18 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, leaving Mike Pringle and George Reed, both with 137, in his wake.

For the record, the one-yard option play on which Stegall scored the historic touchdown was called "quads left hew 45 WO."

Stegall said he didn't wake up yesterday morning feeling any different, because "the big one hasn't happened yet." He is, of course, referring to a Grey Cup title that has eluded him throughout his first 12 CFL seasons.

Regardless, this has indeed become the Weekend of Milt. Here's what's happened and what's still on the docket:

- There was an abnormally large gathering of fans, approximately 100 of them, waiting for Stegall outside the Bomber offices after Friday's game. He signed autographs for 25 minutes, making sure everyone who waited got some Milt time.

- Stegall signed more autographs for two hours yesterday afternoon at a local hardware store, and then he was off to wash his SUV because someone egged it.

It seems not even the Touchdown King is impervious to some of Winnipeg's charms.

- Stegall's wife Darlene and son Chase were back home in Atlanta and were unable to watch Friday's game because the local cable company that broadcasts one CFL game per week chose to show Thursday's Montreal-Toronto contest.

So Kevin Glenn's wife, Asha, was giving updates over the phone to Darlene from her seat at Canad Inns Stadium.

"(Darlene) said when (Asha) called she was screaming," Stegall said. "She could hardly hear her because she was screaming with excitement."

- There was a funny moment in the Bombers locker-room after the game. TSN analyst Glen Suitor presented Stegall with a watch for winning the "Friday Night Gladiator" award.

Poor Barrin Simpson, the Bombers middle linebacker who had a whopping 11 tackles, a sack and an interception, was standing right there when Suitor handed Stegall the bling.

"Milt would have gotten that if he only made the one catch for one yard," defensive back Kelly Malveaux said in an effort to console Simpson.

- The Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball team will honour Stegall this afternoon.

Turtle Man will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Winnipeg's Northern League game against the Edmonton Cracker-Cats at CanWest Global Park.

Game time is 1:30 p.m., so Stegall will be showing off his fastball at approximately 1:24 p.m.

- There's another remarkable CFL record within Stegall's reach.

The 37-year-old needs 899 receiving yards over his next 13 games (an average of 70 per contest) to move past Allen Pitts and become the CFL's all-time leader.

Stegall sits in third spot, behind Pitts and Darren Flutie, with 13,993 yards.

Considering Stegall despises talking about personal achievements, it's best that no one inform him of this news.


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