Let's just say Blue Bombers head coach Doug Berry is not staying up nights worrying about the whole espionage intrigue after the NFL's New England Patriots paid a hefty price for getting caught spying.
"I got this memo from the league (CFL) on Sept. 14th regarding electronic media and 'the use of electronic communications during a game is prohibited except for facilities providing oral communication between the team bench and spotters' booth,' " Berry read yesterday. " 'In light of recent events in the NFL, the above regulation includes and prohibits any CFL club employee or person with club affiliation from recording any opposition coaching techniques or strategy in both team and practice situations.' Then it goes on to the violations."
A smiling Berry, who once worked for Don Matthews when the former Montreal Alouettes head coach was caught spying, then produced a small, see-through box.
"This was presented to me (yesterday)," he said. "It's called a Micro Spy Kit and I want you guys to know that before I sanction the use of such a thing, I'm going to send this to the commissioner to see if something like this is indeed allowed under the current laws."
Berry proceeded to point out the different tools in the kit.
"This (piece) is an auditory thing where you can listen from up to five feet away ... It's got a clip-on light that you can clip on to your ear that you can use to see in the dark. Then, you've got the intruder alert that if somebody is intruding on your bench area, you can detect an intruder from up to five feet away. Then there's a micro pen that writes in invisible ink so if you want to send secret signals to your quarterback, you would use the invisible pen, then turn on the light to see what you'd written."
And, by the way, just what are the CFL's sanctions for violating these rules?
"We don't even want to talk about that much money but there are fines involved," Berry said. "Not as much (as the NFL) but it's more than a slap on the wrist."