Football: Barker on The Bullpen

Just a note that Hamilton Tiger-Cats safety Dylan Barker, a former Saskatchewan Huskie, will be on The FAN 590 in Toronto at 9:40 a.m. on Friday. That would be The Bullpen, hosted by Mike Hogan and Mike Toth, who are huge supporters of Canadian university football.

Barker, as you know, is coming off a star-crossed introduction to the pros. The No. 1 overall choice in the 2008 CFL Canadian College Draft lost almost all of the 2008 season to a broken leg.

(All of this is via the TicatsPR Twitter, which has nearly twice the followers of yours truly, which is, by the way.)

Nerd alert: One of the American rookies in the Ticats camp is Chase Clement, a quarterback from Rice University in Houston who broke the school records held by Tommy Kramer, the Minnesota Vikings quarterback of the late 1970s and '80s.

This is only being mentioned since (a) I'm probably the only person to have ever used the Rice Owls in the dynasty mode of the NCAA Football 08; (b) knows that Chase Clement had a blocker at Rice, left tackle Scott Mitchell from Manotick, Ont., who has the same name as the Ticats president; and (c) cheers for the Minnesota Vikings, the former team of Tommy Kramer.
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  1. Regretably, Mr. Clement has left the Cats. Was he pushed or did he jump?

    The official position ("business interests") seems to be the type of line of trotted out when the convenient "family reasons" is not available.

    BTW, the Cats will be a force to be reckoned with this season.

  2. Damnit, there goes my throwaway line about the Argos putting Vince Young on the neg list ... "Chase Clement is the only QB from Texas whom CFL fans should get excited about seeing." Dodged that bullet.

    Rice, as you know, is one of the most academically elite universities in the U.S., certainly among those who play Division I-A. It's quite possible Clement did have a pretty good job waiting for him.