Who was that guy?

TED WYMAN

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Some thoughts to ponder while trying in vain to think of ways to suggest that today's Bombers-Ticats game is not meaningless ...

LET'S PLAY THREE: Baseball might be on to something with the way the World Series wrapped up this year: Three-inning baseball games. Quick, exciting and they end before every kid in North America and half the adults have to go to bed ... Drunk and disorderly at Hooters -- recent news item or title of John Daly's autobiography? ... Here's what we've learned about the Winnipeg Blue Bombers through 17 games this season: They're not a bad football team, just a terribly inconsistent one. That means they have the potential to put things together for a run at the Grey Cup, but are just as likely to flop out in the first round of the playoffs ... On that note, we thought of a reason why the game's not meaningless, sort of. The Bombers will have a better chance of winning in the playoffs if they keep their foot on the gas pedal, plow through the Ticats and go into the post-season on a roll. Of course, they could put in a half-hearted effort today in a glorified exhibition game, lose to a 3-14 team and still put things together in the playoffs. It just seems less likely ... One brutal CFL error was quickly rectified yesterday when Don Matthews stepped down as coach of the Argos and said he was finished with coaching. Uh, Don we noticed ... Another big mistake was the Tiger-Cats' expensive signing of Casey Printers. Our guess is Printers will have a new address next season and Matthews will have an old one -- back wherever this impostor came from before leading the Argos to an 0-8 record down the stretch ... If I'm Wally Buono and the B.C. Lions, I'm not too happy with Matthews after he gave the Saskatchewan Roughriders a win Thursday night. A direct-snap fake punt on third and nine from the Argos own 40-yard line with the game tied in the last minute? Idiotic, desperate and unheard of ... Nice job by the Argos in the face of their first major challenge from the NFL in the Toronto market. The way they bumbled their way through the season, they might as well have worn advertisements for the Buffalo Bills on their jerseys ... Kerry Joseph showed Thursday night that he's still a decent quarterback who could have some good seasons ahead of him with another CFL team. The Argos completely mishandled him this year, trying to turn him into a drop-back passer and then yanking him every time it didn't work ... Speaking of quarterbacks, you have to like the future of the position when you consider the number of players who have found some success this year. The depth has never been better when you consider the performances of backups like Michael Bishop, Quinton Porter, Darian Durant, Steven Jyles, Jarious Jackson, Cody Pickett and Ryan Dinwiddie ... The Saskatchewan Roughriders might win the Grey Cup again this year and they would deserve it after all the adversity they have overcome this season. Plus, they clearly have horseshoes up the you-know-what ... The Riders are 12-6 and still might not host a playoff game, while the Bombers are at best 8-10 and will welcome the Eskimos next week. Sorry folks, but that's just wrong ... What is it about a team winning a championship that turns fans into such utter morons? How does overturning cars heighten the euphoria of victory? Who'd have thought the usually reserved fans of Philadelphia could be so classless and unruly?

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QUICK HITS:

"Let's hope Romo can be rebuilt in a week."

-- Richard Oliver of the San Antonio Express-News, looking forward to the Dallas Cowboys' bye in eight days.

"We're in the throes of giving birth to this program again. And we're gonna deliver it. And when we're done we won't remember these labour pains."

-- Rick Neuheisel, UCLA's football coach, taking a metaphor too far to Fox Sports Radio.

"Yes, that man found drunk outside a Hooters restaurant in Winston-Salem, N.C., early Sunday was none other than John Daly. No sign of any irons or drivers, eyewitnesses said, but the golfer was definitely in the bag."

--Dwight Perry, Seattle Times

"Because he has to guard LeBron."

-- Charles Barkley, on why Paul Pierce cried while getting his championship ring before Boston's opener against Cleveland.

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NUMBERS GAME

10

The number of children former Chicago Bulls' Jason Caffey has. The forward clearly couldn't be covered during his days as a player -- of the 10 children, eight are from different mothers. Several of the women are taking Caffey to court for his failure to provide child support.

OFFBEAT I

A 34-year-old woman from Kingsville, Ont., has been charged with impaired driving -- of a Zamboni. Provincial police say an off-duty officer spotted the woman driving erratically on the ice resurfacer at Kingsville Arena on Thursday night. She was missing major spots on the ice and bumping into the boards. At one point, police allege the woman stopped the Zamboni and slumped over the steering wheel. Police say they found a bottle of vodka on the woman, whose name was not released.

OFFBEAT II

He belonged to the same team at a bowling alley for 45 years, and had just rolled a 300 for his first perfect game. Then Don Doane collapsed on the floor while high-fiving his Nutt Farm teammates. The 62-year-old bowler from Ravenna, Mich., was taken to a hospital but couldn't be saved. A medical examiner said a heart attack was the cause of death. Jim Nutt spoke with Grand Rapids TV stations WOOD and WZZM about his friend and teammate, who collapsed Oct. 16 at Ravenna Bowl. Nutt says Doane had many friends at the bowling alley and it's strange not seeing him on league nights.


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