His season with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats done, Quinton Porter watched football from a chair instead of the sidelines the past few weeks. He watched backup quarterbacks like Matt Flynn, replacing the injured Aaron Rodgers for Green Bay. Drew Stanton stepping up for Detroit. Tyler Thigpen trying to get it done for Miami.
I can do that, Porter told himself. I can do that better.
His problem is he’s not in the right place at the right time. He’s still under contract to Hamilton in the Canadian Football League. He’s the Ti-Cats’ backup to veteran Kevin Glenn, who completed 64.5 percent of his passes for 33 touchdowns, the best quarterback rating (97.6) of his career, and led his team into the CFL playoffs.
Porter hears that Hamilton will pick up the option on his contract. He’s the insurance policy if Glenn goes down or plays poorly. Porter wants to play now.
“I need more chances to start,” said Porter, back home in the Portland area. “I can’t get these years back.”
A better runner than Glenn, Porter was used mostly in those situations last season. In the Ti-Cats’ 16-13 loss to Toronto and its quarterback, Cleo Lemon, last month, Porter was 3 of 5 for 36 yards. Glenn was 24 of 35 for 314 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns.
Porter, the former Portland High and Boston College quarterback has a new agent. He has a new life. He and Kristina Gilbreath of South Portland are planning their wedding. Now he’s looking for a new turn in his career.
Porter is also hoping to influence young quarterbacks and receivers this winter. His camp for players at those positions begins Jan. 11 at the Portland Sports Complex on Warren Avenue. Contact Porter at [email protected] Weekly sessions for 15 weeks will run through April, giving Porter enough time to prepare for next season. Minicamps are never far away.
• What’s the price of a legacy these days? Ask Cliff Lee. He took less money to join a Philadelphia pitching rotation of Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt, and has a chance to be remembered long after he’s gone. Several factors helped Lee reach the decision to spurn the Yankees and Texas. His place in baseball history was probably one. For some, it’s not just the dollars.
• Among the great pitching staffs of the last 50 years, Baltimore’s starting four in 1971 of Jim Palmer, Dave McNally, Pat Dobson and Mike Cuellar is mentioned only occasionally. All four won 20 games and that may not happen again. Yet those four and their teammates couldn’t win the World Series, losing to a Pittsburgh pitching staff whose ace was Steve Blass. . . .
• All of this, of course, is the definition of glee for Red Sox fans. You get Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez, and they don’t get Lee. Talk about having your cake and eating it too.
• Russell Lamour of the Portland Boxing Club opened a cut over Chris Jones’ eye in the first round of their five-round fight and won a unanimous decision in the Los Angeles Matadors’ win over the Memphis Force last weekend. Los Angeles won four of the five fights in the World Series of Boxing event. The only loss was a forfeit when one of Lamour’s teammates came in too light. The win was Lamour’s second in two fights.
• The end of Brett Favre’s consecutive-game streak Monday night should have been a momentous event and heaven knows, the media tried. Many fans shrugged. Favre’s constant waffling over the end of his career turned his fight against age and injuries into a bad soap opera. What if the internet, and around-the-clock analysis on ESPN, detailed the last playing days of Lou Gehrig and the end of his streak? You’d like to think Gehrig would still be a near-mythic figure. He deserved that. So does Favre.
• Two things to like about University of Maine hockey today: its response to the terrible 4-3 loss to New Hampshire with a 4-1 win over Massachusetts two days later, and its three-headed goalie situation. Playing goal is not like quarterback, where you’d prefer one to lead the team. One of the three will separate from the others but the gap may not be wide.
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