i found this artical pretty funny.
Thu, November 8, 2007
Mayhem at McMahon
UPDATED: 2007-11-08 02:32:16 MST
By ERIC FRANCIS
Days before the Calgary Stampeders are to face elimination in Saskatchewan, two coaches who are paid to limit distractions caused two big ones yesterday.
First, head coach Tom Higgins shocked half his squad by informing defensive leader Brian Clark he'd be a healthy scratch and wouldn't be making the trip to Regina for Sunday's game.
Then offensive line coach Kris Sweet embarrassed himself, the organization and the team's star running back with a profanity-laced hissy-fit that had several players openly mocking him afterwards.
The first move with Clark had several defensive players quietly shaking their heads, stunned such an integral part of the club will sit for ratio reasons.
The second will have the rest of the league shaking its head that someone so shockingly combustible is employed by it.
With more than a dozen reporters in the locker-room following yesterday's practice, Sweet charged towards Joffrey Reynolds who was chatting with a reporter. Clearly irate Reynolds was apparently late for a meeting, Sweet grabbed the star like he was a five-year-old and followed him out of the room while yelling and swearing repeatedly at the innocent scribe. After stumbling on a box, Sweet picked it up and threw it as he continued screaming about "trying to do their effing job." This is the same coach who, shockingly, was hospitalized for a panic attack after a loss in Hamilton.
"What's going on around here?" said one player, shaking his head at the ridiculousness that has enveloped the team at the worst possible time.
Having lost six of their last seven games and with information continuing to leak out about the deal ownership has struck to make John Hufnagel the team's head coach at season's end, the last thing an organization on the verge of imploding needed was someone to wig out like that.
With no choice but to dismiss talk of his imminent demise, Higgins also reacted poorly when asked about the benching of Clark, who was essentially turned into a water boy during practice.
"That's not determined yet and if any guessing on our personnel were to come on out I'd be very tempted to make sure and use the CFL rules and regulations and make sure practice is closed," said Higgins, sounding an awful lot like the kid who took his ball and went home.
"Why would someone say that? Because it's embarrassing," said one player of Higgins' response.
"How are you supposed to tell the fans we're not going to play a 10-year veteran who's our emotional leader, an all-star and one of our best players and he's a healthy scratch?"
Clark took the high road when asked about being replaced by Canadian rookie Neil Ternovatsky.
"As a team leader, guys ask me with a funny look on their face 'what's going on?' " said Clark, who has split time with linebacker Scott Coe all year.
"I'm not angry, I'm just frustrated I can't be out there. I do understand it for ratio reasons but as a player I want to play. I'm upset that I can't be out there trying to help the team."
Coe was equally as diplomatic.
"It's hard to understand because he's such a leader on and off the field," he said.
"But as you kind of wrap your head around it, you realize you have to deal with stuff you can control."
Tough, given how things have spiralled out of control at the tail end of a three-year rebuilding plan that appears destined for more playoff failure Sunday.
So while Henry Burris was giving his "us against the world speech," Higgins joined in.
"Why should there be any pressure on the team?" he asked. "Nobody expects it to win so we'll just go out and have some fun."
Sounds like oodles of fun so far.