Wednesday 26 May 2010

Little Tidbits From Around the League

A few pieces of news from around the CFL on what turned out to be a very busy Wednesday.

First, Jesse Lumsden is confident he will play football this year in the CFL. My disdain for Lumsden is well known. I do not like him, and I am glad he is no longer a part of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. I don't doubt for one second that he will sign with a team prior to the start of the season. My gut feeling is that he will be wearing the Double Blew Blue in 2010. As long as he doesn't return to Hamilton, I'll be happy. Also, how much fun would it be to boo him out of the building on Labour Day?

Second, the Boatman signed another QB today, former University of Miami star Ken Dorsey. Dorsey seems genuinely excited to be coming to the CFL. This is the fifth QB that the Argonauts have inked this off-season. If seems like only yesterday that they had no QBs on their roster. While none of them have any CFL experience, at least they all seem excited to be given the opportunity to compete for the starting job in Toronto. I wonder which one we'll be booing on Labour Day.

Thirdly, and finally, the Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed two QBs themselves. One is former Grey Cup starter for Winnipeg, Ryan Dinwiddie; the other is former Kansas Jayhawks star Todd Reesing. Dinwiddie is best known for filling in for current Tiger-Cat QB Kevin Glenn when he was injured in the East Final in 2007. Dinwiddie started the game, and Winnipeg lost the Grey Cup to Saskatchewan. Had Glenn, who was an MOP finalist that year, played in that game and won, he might never have left Winnipeg, and the Ti-Cats wouldn't have him right now.

Reesing is very proficient in the spread-style offense, which bodes well for his chances in the CFL, which is a shotgun-heavy league. He is one of those players that if given time could become a very-good-to-great player in the Canadian Football League. He might not become that player for the Riders seeing as they already have a darn good QB in Darian Durant, but he might develop in that system and then go elsewhere to play.

For the last 10 days or so it has been slow going as far as news is concerned; you may have noticed a dearth of posts, but it looks like with training camp about to open, things are heating up in anticipation of the start of the 2010 season.

1 comment:

  1. Jesse's confident he'll play this year. Wow, that's surprising ;-)

    Jesse returns to Ivor Wynne... rips off a long run that takes everyone's breath away... then gets pasted during the next series by Floyd or Johnson and is knocked into thinking about his next career. :-)

    That's how I see things playing out. Assuming he were to make it to Labour Day.

    I have no feelings of ill will toward the guy and wish him all the best, and if he were to join a team and go on to have a long career it would be a good thing for the CFL. But I just don't see how a twice-reconstructed shoulder can hold up to the rigors of a typical game. Sooner rather than later, no matter how strong he's built up the surrounding tissues, someone will hit that shoulder at just the right spot and turn it into jello - the odds are just too high.