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Reality hits home with Harris’ death

The sudden death on Tuesday of Richard Harris, 63-year-old WinnipegBlue Bombers defensive line coach, casts a light on theless-than-idyllic lifestyle of CFL coaches.

The sudden death on Tuesday of Richard Harris, 63-year-old Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive line coach, casts a light on the less-than-idyllic lifestyle of CFL coaches.

Harris suffered a heart attack inside the Blue Bombers’ complex where coaches can toil 12 to 14 hours a day, watching film or meeting with players, often starting at 6 a.m.

While we can’t speculate on Harris’s situation, sleep, diet and exercise can all be compromised by the demands of a schedule that doesn’t allow for many days off or free time for workouts or relaxation.

Maybe it’s time for the coaches to form a union, much like the players have, with a collective bargaining agreement that limits their workload and hours at the team’s facility.

The Stamp of arrogance:

It’s not hard to figure out why the Calgary Stampeders (2-2) are the most hated team in the CFL. Usually a squad has to put together multiple championship seasons before fans get sick of their dominance and start hoping the team collapses.

In the case of the Stamps, the team merely thinks it’s great, despite just one title during the current regime.

Stamps quarterback Henry Burris reached for Twitter after last week’s loss to reassure everyone that even though his offence sucks, they’ll be “great” before the year is through.

“We will be a great team this year! Mark my word!” Burris tweeted the morning after the Stamps fell 24-19 to the Eskimos, during which Stamps fans booed the team off the field.

Added receiver Ken-Yon Rambo: “That just shows how much respect they have for the team.”

He should realize it’s not just his own fans that disrespect the current crop of Stamps. It’s a league-wide phenomenon, spurred on by the team’s arrogant antics.

Esks quieting naysayers:

Edmonton’s “scorched earth” approach to its roster in the off-season was supposed to trigger a rough year for the Eskimos, but it seems the team didn’t get that memo.

The Esks didn’t win their fourth game in 2010 until October but remarkably are the only undefeated team so far at 4-0. Most of the credit goes to new head coach Kavis Reed, a former Eskimos player who has a grasp of the winning culture the franchise embodies and has conveyed that message to his players on a rebuilt roster. It also doesn’t hurt that QB Ricky Ray has finally found a balanced attack with new running back Jerome Messam.

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