Getting a grip on holding

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:33 AM ET

Hold on, there.

Overshadowed by all the controversy surrounding the late hit on Kevin Glenn and the lack of punishment for it is another, minor one.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers were so incensed by all the holding calls that were ignored in last Friday's game against Edmonton that defensive co-ordinator Greg Marshall actually sent film to CFL HQ of 22 instances of blatant holding that was not called.

"Ever since I came into this league, the holding has been ridiculous," Bomber defensive end Gavin Walls said yesterday. "I'm lucky not to be injured from the holds where guys flop down on me. They need to do something about it. You've got guys out here who've got kids and families watching them play and for them to be held and smashed to the ground and hands to the face, that's not football.

"I'm not going to talk about the refs in the league but they need to do something about that, you know what I'm saying? I've told the refs several times on the field, 'Y'all need to control this holding.' It's a disgrace up here how they let these guys hold. I mean, they won't start calling it until someone gets seriously hurt so, it's ridiculous. You know, I gave up crying about it and my biggest thing is just trying to play fast because if you play slow, they're just going to hold you the whole game."

But Walls is still hoping the CFL addresses the issue.

"I don't know if they need to go back to school to do some things but it's ridiculous," he said.

Although Walls did not name any Eskimos, others have blamed Edmonton offensive lineman Patrick Kabongo, for one, for his tendency to grab hold and not let go.


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