Fastest Cow makes the cut in Calgary, others not so lucky

During the Stampeders first preseason game against the B.C. Lions, the World’s Fastest Cow was defeated in the break between the first and second quarter. This prompted an online furor about whether or not the best in-game entertainment that Calgary has to offer had lost a step and would be replaced by a younger, cheaper cow.

“Football is a replacement business,” tweeted former Stampeder Randy Chevrier, who recently saw his long career come to an end.

On Sunday morning across the league, players awoke to find out whether or not their best efforts were enough to capture a roster spot or if they had been replaced.

The day before saw some big name cuts in other cities. Here in Calgary, the Stampeders took until the very last minute prior to the deadline to announce who didn’t make the club.

Veterans no longer with the club include former first-round pick, defensive lineman Randy Colling, and receiver Anthony Parker.

Parker played in 108 games for the Stamps with 178 catches, 2,245 yards and 15 TD’s which included winning it all with the team in 2014.

It was the emergence of Julan Lynch and Richard Sindani from the 2017 draft class, alongside Juwan Brescacin and the impending return of Lemar Durant that made the seven-year veteran expendable. National depth at the position may be at it’s best in years for the Red and White.

With a very crowded receiving corps, which includes Internationals Kamar Jordan, Davaris Daniels, Reggie Bagelton, Marken Michel, and the returning Eric Rogers, there may only be room for a single national receiver. With the four nationals remaining, the Stampeders felt as though Parker was expendable.

Despite some consistency issues that drove Stamps fans mad over the years, it would be surprising if this jack of all trades doesn’t find a cheque elsewhere. Parker was referred to as the guy who had to know everything as he was the first guy to go in for an injured teammate over his time here able to play any position in the system when called upon.

Colling was a first round pick in 2017 and struggled to find a spot here behind Derek Wiggan and Junior Turner. He was even auditioned on the offensive line when a rash of injuries at the position last year saw the 315-pounder cross to the other side. However, another former defensive lineman, Quinn Smith, has that spot locked up.

Others that showed out at camp but find themselves released include receiver Nick Truesdell who had a pair of TD catches last week in Regina, and defensive back Dagogo Maxwell who will be returning for another season of seasoning at the University of British Columbia.

A TD pass in Regina was enough to earn quarterback Larry Brihm Jr. a practice roster spot beside standout defensive back Gump Hayes, receiver Markeith Ambles and seven others.

Two defensive linemen, Micheal Kashak and Brandon Peguese were put onto the six-game injured list.

Terry Williams seems to have won the starting running back spot with Rushel Shell III being released and Romar Morris practice roster bound, but look for Don Jackson to see some carries, especially if Williams continues to excel in the returner spot.

Ryan Ballantine

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Ryan is a lifelong Stamps fan and host of the Horsemen Radio Podcast. He has been covering the team since 2008.
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58 Comments on Fastest Cow makes the cut in Calgary, others not so lucky

  1. Just saying // June 10, 2018 at 9:12 pm //

    What a first round pick by the Huff in 2017 was cut the very next pre season. Really how could this be ? Huff is a God he makes no mistakes. This can’t be true. Oh wait it’s jones’s Fault. Lol

    • Sun always shines at McMahon // June 10, 2018 at 9:38 pm //

      The facts on Randy Colling
      He was only drafted last year because he had played in the arena league and therefore already pro seasoned. We needed an immediate fill then as JR Turner was still recovering from an Achilles tendon tear in 2016 Grey Cup.
      He was injured in camp last year (as was every D-linemen we had) and never got a chance until late season. He played really well down the stretch, but was in a numbers game this year with Turner, Wiggan and Mrabure.
      With Singleton the year before and Tunde Adeleke last year, Stamp fans will cut Huff a little slack anyways.

      • Red is a fool // June 10, 2018 at 11:09 pm //

        yet we remember you boasting about how great Colling would be and how Huff is such a genius. We remember your bragging and big mouth yet Red, you don’t. You are such a hypocrite and loser no one even takes you seriously.

        • Sun always shines at McMahon // June 10, 2018 at 11:31 pm //

          Do you want to compare lists of Huff’s Vs. Chris Jones personnel failures?

  2. Green Apples // June 10, 2018 at 9:25 pm //

    Ryan, weren’t you on Biggest Loser.

  3. Sun always shines at McMahon // June 10, 2018 at 9:25 pm //

    It’s hard to see why Calgary would keep Makeith Ambles over Nick Truesdell, maybe it’s as simple as 1 accepting a PR stop and the other not, but who am I to question Huff.

  4. Parker must have been “Blindsided by his release”

    • Sun always shines at McMahon // June 10, 2018 at 9:39 pm //

      Careful what you say, you may be eating words—– Parker is heading your way I believe. I’m sure he’ll be compared to Ray Elgaard then hey?

      • Red is a fool // June 10, 2018 at 11:16 pm //

        maybe Parker can win a Grey Cup ring at sask. He sure didn’t score one the last couple years when the stamps tanked it in when it counts…..except that is for a few years ago when the refs granted the stamps a cup with a ghost call on a non penalty.

  5. White Horse // June 10, 2018 at 9:29 pm //

    Colling a Canadian was in the arena league and after being drafted by the Stamps had two bad knees and major braces. He was somewhat of disappointment for sure. He probably could remain a back up but is now replaced by Canadian in better condition. He may be picked up by another team.
    Parker was speedy but he was frustrating in some bonehead plays on his part. Sort of glad he is gone.
    The cow races with swinging udders were a hoot. Yup should be able to comment on them.

    • I knew a kid who raced the cow a couple years ago. You could say the cow made it to the Udder side faster than he did !

  6. Just saying // June 10, 2018 at 9:32 pm //

    Yup good one!

  7. Scottsask // June 10, 2018 at 9:34 pm //

    I’ll second that. Well played Yup.

  8. Sun always shines at McMahon // June 10, 2018 at 9:50 pm //

    I would say the fasted cow promotion has been around 5 years. Therefore it’s happen around 50 times. I’d say the cow has lost 5 of those times , but that’s with a 25 yard head start.

    • Red is a fool // June 10, 2018 at 11:12 pm //

      great place for a cow race because when he craps a cow pie on the field no one notices because of such a shit hole that place is.

      • Sun always shines at McMahon // June 10, 2018 at 11:35 pm //

        The only person to not instantly understand, the cow is a person in a uniform..

  9. CFLFIRST // June 10, 2018 at 9:52 pm //

    I went to the game last year, but I can’t remember how much of a lead the contestant has on the Cow. Where do they start?

    • Sun always shines at McMahon // June 10, 2018 at 9:56 pm //

      The cow starts at the goal line and the contestant can start there (not a good idea) or up to the 25 yard line. The race to the opposite goal line

  10. Money is Green // June 10, 2018 at 10:58 pm //

    Saskatchewan Rush are world champions.

    • Sun always shines at McMahon // June 10, 2018 at 11:10 pm //

      The presses have all stopped for this development.
      Enjoy it. It don’t see many more championships in Saskatchewan anytime soon

      • Money is Green // June 10, 2018 at 11:18 pm //

        Unlike the Stamps they dominated the regular season and finished the deal winning a championship. Again.

        • Sun always shines at McMahon // June 10, 2018 at 11:38 pm //

          unlike the riders as well. Minus the playing for a championship part

    • True Green // June 10, 2018 at 11:10 pm //

      I like the Rush, but it’s more like North American champs lol!

  11. Lacrosse is on par with soccer in terms of interest level in Canada – – which would be ZERO.

    Let’s keep the discussion on things that are actually relevant.

    • Money is Green // June 10, 2018 at 11:33 pm //

      The Rush draw what the Argos draw…friend

    • Assuming you are the same Area51 I’ve tangled with before elsewhere, I’ve missed your rankings and ravings.

      Good to see that your expert level of analysis hasn’t changed a lick!

      • Correct, I am the legendary Area51 of numerous CFL and CIS discussion forums. I lost count of how many people I’ve “tangled with” long ago.

        When I saw this headline, I thought you were doing an autobiographical piece.

        • Certainly a legend in your own mind. All you really need is a mirror and a keyboard for complete happiness.

          • Gold Power // June 12, 2018 at 3:15 am //

            Funny how Red always says the slumpheaters are always the tops and Ryan says he was the big brother super fan. Actually both losers. Always exiting early. #Esks

  12. Sun always shines at McMahon // June 10, 2018 at 11:43 pm //

    Did the Rush finish out of playoff position in their division, then get a special pass into a weaker conference so they could qualify for the playoffs?

    • Green Apples // June 10, 2018 at 11:56 pm //

      A “special pass”..isn’tthat What Bo Levi (Pick 6) made to the Argos defender in the last couple minutes of the Grey Cup. LOL

      • Sun always shines at McMahon // June 11, 2018 at 12:47 am //

        Where was the color green that day?
        Long since gone home……except Duron who was in Winnipeg getting charged with the first of 2 drug smuggling charges

    • Money is Green // June 11, 2018 at 12:02 am //

      Lol. Milkshake Jerry is back to serve the kids

  13. Jason T. // June 11, 2018 at 12:42 am //

    3downnation needs to check out Calgary Sun writer Danny Austin’s twitter feed. @dannyaustin_9. He’s accusing 3downnation of repeated, purposeful lack of attribution and content theft. It’s something I’ve warned about on here and pointed out only to be shot down by others in this comment section. This time Austin is complaining about this article although he has cited other articles written by people like Drew Edwards in the past. When is 3downnation going to get its act together and clean their mess up when it comes to proper attribution and content theft? Is it going to take a lawsuit?

  14. Rougenoir // June 11, 2018 at 12:55 am //

    Yeah, I’m done with this site. It’s really going downhill between the content theft and the clickbait articles.

  15. Jim Bob // June 11, 2018 at 1:02 am //

    A few of the Stamps cuts no doubt will resurface elsewhere. Bombers cut their #1 pick from last year also and he was healthy unlike Colling. CFL draft is a real crap shoot. Some years the pickings are good but other years not so much.

  16. A fast cow? This is what passes for entertainment in Calgary? WOW. Easily amused the hicks are.

    • I mean, it’s nothing compared to having a province-wide plebiscite on whether a hooded sweater should be called a bunnyhug or a hoodie, but yeah, the fastest cow race is actually pretty entertaining and actually includes a pretty athletic runner.

  17. Red&White Forever // June 11, 2018 at 1:22 pm //

    No surprises here, especially since Rogers came back. A roster receiver had to go, and as soon as I heard the Stamps were going with 4 INTs and 1 NAT at REC, I figured it was Parker or Lynch. Colling had injury problems, was stuck behind good NATs at DT, was drafted to fill an immediate need at the position due to injuries, and didn’t show the same kind of versatility of NAT Quinn Smith, who can play on both lines. As for the cow, he’s a year older now, and he does get beat from time to time, but he’s still the fastest thing with udders and a cape.

  18. True Blue // June 11, 2018 at 8:50 pm //

    Area51, I respectfully disagree with you regarding soccer interest being zero in Canada. MLS in Toronto and Vancouver has served to affect attendance at CFL games. The changing demographics in Canada have new Canadians that gravitate toward the game they know from their previous countries, and that’s usually soccer. Across the country hockey arenas are being converted to indoor soccer complexes. The CFL needs to continue investing in youth football to groom future CFL fans and find ways to convert new Canadians to love the CFL. They’ve got you and I locked in, they need to focus elsewhere. Unfortunately that can leave fans like us feeling forgotten sometimes. But, that’s progress I guess.

    Go CFL.

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