A few choice words for Canada

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:11 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- Here comes the clown. Or should that be "ass-clown"?

B.C. offensive lineman Rob Murphy admitted calling Winnipeg defensive end Tom Canada an "ass-clown" on a local radio show in response to reports that Canada had suggested some of his antics were, well, underhanded.

"It just goes with being fed up with it all," Murphy said yesterday. "I'm not going to talk about Tom Canada as a player because that's just not me.

"Someone who comes out and calls me a punk or says I play like a punk, let's just settle it on the field. Then if you want to talk about it after the game or whatever, I'd be more than happy to meet him after the game and talk about it.

"I don't want to take it out on Tom Canada, calling him an ass-clown, it's just now getting so annoying to me that people are saying this is that it's getting to be a nuisance to me."

Canada could only guffaw.

"An ass-clown?" he repeated with a laugh. "That sounds like Murphy ... It's nothing personal, it's a football game. I'm not trying to back down on what I said. But I never went out of my way to like call anybody I'm going against dirty. I was just asked what to expect from those guys.

"I never said they were dirty or bent outside the rules. I just said they have a tendency to throw guys down after the play, that kind of stuff. What I wasn't quoted as saying that stuff's expected from an offensive lineman.

"He's doing his job as well as he can and I'm sure people complain about some of the things that I do ... I definitely said they were two tough offensive linemen and guys you have to look out for."

BANGED-UP BUCK: B.C. quarterback Buck Pierce will decide before the game whether he'll get his right foot frozen to offset a jammed big toe.

"I'll go out in pre-game and see how it's feeling," he said. "It's feeling a lot better from two weeks ago ... I'd say I'm about 90% ... I'll do what I have to do to go out and play. If it means freezing it every game, then that's what I'll do." But that's not all.

"I had some rib injuries a couple of weeks ago as well and those are starting to heal," Pierce said. "I banged my hand up against Saskatchewan a couple of weeks ago but it's OK now."

BODY SLAMS: Bombers head coach Doug Berry finally got a reply from CFL HQ over his complaints about the body slam issued by Hamilton CB Dwight Anderson on Winnipeg WR Jamie Stoddard.

"I got an e-mail (yesterday) from the league saying any further action like that by defensive players will result in automatic disqualification and rough play," Berry said. "That will be the standard from now on."

BALL HANDLE: Bomber Rob Pikula has replaced Stoddard as the holder on placekicks by Troy Westwood, a left-footed kicker.

"It is totally different because you have to put the ball down with your opposite hand," Pikula said. "But we took reps all week in practice and I'm comfortable with it now."

Although Pikula did have some problems with it at practice, he blamed it on poor timing with the snaps.


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