Saturday, September 11, 2004


I arrived back in town to find that not a whole lot has happened. The Lynx have wrapped up, to little fanfare, what threatens to be their last season in the capital. The Renegades, still waiting for the trickledown of the last NFL cuts, signed two Canadian veterans, one of which is fated to a lifetime of Seinfeld references.

The action resumed today with the Renegades facing the explosive B.C. Lions in the first home matinee of the season. The Lions waited all of two plays before Casey Printers hooked up with Chris Brazzell for a 72-yard TD. It was shaping up as a long afternoon.

The Renegades, flashing a brief glimpse of the team that started 3-0, immediately drove 79 yards down the field in 6 plays to tie the game at 7.

Alas, it was downhill from there.

Printers and the Lions seemingly moved the ball at will, with a blocked FG on special teams and an INT by Jonathan Ordway, providing a couple of the bright spots.

On the offensive side of the ball, on the few occasions that the 'Gades started to move the ball, they either turned it over on fumbles, or in a new low for Wide Sandro, missed a 17-yard field goal (although he was solid on a 37-yarder later). Oh how we pine for you o Lawrence Tynes!

The final damage was a palindromic 31-13.

On the bright side, Kerry Joseph discovered Pat Woodcock to the tune of 3 catches for 89 yards, including a 60-yarder. He also threw his way a couple of other times without connecting. Joseph also worked well with Curtis Jackson who hauled in 7 balls for 102 yards.

Also on the bright side, the schedule gets much easier from here on in (Calgary, Sask x 2, Ham x 2, Montreal) which is good since the Gades will probably need to win 4 or 5 of their last 6 to have any hope of seeing playoff action. Of course, given their previous performance against Hamilton and Calgary, calling any schedule easy is a misnomer.