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DW: You are of course the younger brother of NFL Hall of Famer Marcus Allen – did the two of you ever get to play together on a team, whether it was in peewee or high school or whatever?DA: No, we never got a chance to play together because hes three years older than me, and so the closest we got to play with each other was on the street playing street ball against other neighbourhoods. Borje Salming Jersey . We lived on Weston Drive, and Weston Drive was a force to be reckoned with growing up as kids. But we didnt get to play professionally because he played in the NFL, and I came to the Canadian Football League and we pretty much stayed in our leagues and divisions, so we never got a chance to play. We always desired to play with each other if I had of been in the National Football League. #53179647 / gettyimages.com DW: You played your entire career in the CFL, but when a player like Doug Flutie returned to the NFL and had success, did you consider giving the NFL a shot?DA: Well, I did consider it but I think the number a major reason why I came to the Canadian Football League was because Warren Moon was my hero growing up, and knowing that my size was always a factor when I came out of college at Cal State Fullerton, scouts were always wondering and questioning if I could handle the physicality of the National Football League because I was only around 61” and 150 something pounds coming into the professional ranks my first year in Edmonton. Now I was an athletic quarterback, and I dont think they were prepared for someone who could run and throw in that era because if you werent 64” and 220 pounds, and a pocket passer you werent going to play quarterback in the National Football League in that era in the 80s.(Image courtesy of AJ Sports World)DW: Your were in attendance at the Raptors game a few weeks ago – are you a big Raptors fan, and what do you think of the success theyve been having?DA: Im a huge sports fan in general, but I do enjoy going to National Basketball League games, the Raptors are doing an outstanding job. The way theyve slowly built their team, and I think the biggest change this year is that their bench is much deeper, and I think those guys understand their roles and I think all the great basketball players on their team are playing very well. I mean, the latest loss is even due to one of their starters going down. But theyre a sound basketball team that plays hard and I enjoy watching them play. To #RaptorsNation pic.twitter.com/LW1AtrLsY5 — Hall of Famer (@damonallen9) October 22, 2014DW: I know you also enjoy a good game of golf – first of all whats your handicap, and also whats your favourite part of the game?DA: I play to around a five handicap. I think the one thing I do like about golf is throughout my whole life Ive always been around team sports, and I think golf is somewhat individual, even though when you look at the structure of golf, the individuals do have teams around them that make sure they stay on top of their game. Even golf is starting to be more of a team sport because you have a fitness specialist, and philosophy person, a psychology expert, everything, trainers, and so golfers are much more prepared and its not just them versus the course. But that is the one aspect I like about golf, when it comes down to just you challenging the course, or challenging your foursome or the individual youre playing with. #165009962 / gettyimages.com DW: A few hockey questions for you now – are you a big hockey fan?DA: Im a big hockey fan! I started my career off in Edmonton and I was able to see a few Stanley Cups in Edmonton and get to know [Wayne] Gretzky and [Mark] Messier and all those guys during that era. I came from a city of champions, so that was my first introduction to hockey, and I think every since that Ive really enjoyed the game and I have great friends around the NHL. I try to go to some games, and see the good teams when they come to town. Im a good friend with P.K. Subban and Kevin Weekes and yeah, I do always have a great time at hockey games.DW: I was actually going to ask who your favourite player is… I guess you might say P.K. Subban?DA: Oh ya, new generation Im a big fan of P.K. Subban, Sidney Crosby, [Alexander] Ovechkin… I like individual players, not necessarily the teams they play for. I like the skillset these young guys have; its amazing.DW: Did you play at all as a kid?DA: No, not as a kid. I actually wish I had continued on my learning process when I was in Edmonton, I started off playing early in my career but I let it go once I went to Vancouver with the B.C. Lions. I regret not keeping up with the sport, I can still skate, but I wish I could play hockey well.DW: You were drafted by the Detroit Tigers, is that correct?DA: Yes, I am a baseball player, body wise and all those things, so most people actually thought I was going to be a baseball player. I grew up playing two sports all the way through college; I won a National Championship in the College World Series, and was also playing football at the same time. For me sports were always about participating in the game, and when I came out of college I was a middle reliever spot starter so there was time when you didnt play because your starter would go six or seven innings. There were times in college where you would sit around waiting to be called upon, and you dont get called. In football, I was the starting quarterback so the participation aspect was so crucial to me in my decision-making on what sport I wanted to play. I just didnt know I was going to be playing 23 years of football, thats all.(Image courtesy of Bring Back Titan Football)DW: So tell us a little about the Jack Daniels Holiday Barrel Tree event and the charity its supporting…DA: Im excited about supporting a charitable event, especially when it talks about giving back, and understanding the nature of the Jack Daniels Holiday Barrel Tree thats going to be lit in support of Dr. Jay Charitable foundation of care that helps families and children facing terminal illnesses, its just making their lives easier. I think I have a heart for giving, and giving back, especially when it comes to young kids, whether they have an illness or whether they want an opportunity to play sports. I just have a heart for it. The great thing about the tree is it will be up all the way until December 27th. It will be down their on King Street West, and my good friend Mike “Pinball” Clemons is here. Everyone should see this tree made out of barrels.DW: Yeah, it sounds really cool.DA: I think everyone whos downtown between now and the 27th should come by and see the tree. Its that time of the season where we all think about giving to others and giving back, and like I said I have a heart for it and Im looking forward to it. Joffrey Lupul Jersey . It was a loss. But it was also a learning experience. Deron Williams and Joe Johnson had 24 points each to lift Brooklyn to a 94-87 win over the Raptors, making their first playoff appearance since 08. "I thought we played a little bit as expected as it is our first playoff game," Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. Mats Sundin Jersey .com) - His team lost in the round of 16 of the FCS playoffs, yet Northern Iowa football coach Mark Farley says his team has made a strong case to be voted to the top 5 in the final rankings. http://www.shopmapleleafsonline.com/Maple-Leafs-Zach-Hyman-Adidas-Jersey/ . The biggest shock of this seasons competition was on when Watford took a 2-0 lead after 30 minutes at Etihad Stadium, only for a remarkable Aguero-led comeback by City in the final half-hour. The Argentina striker produced clinical finishes in the 60th and 79th minutes to level the score before Aleksandar Kolarov put City in front in the 87th.SEATTLE -- Collin McHugh didnt know he was starting Tuesday until late the night before. When he took the mound, he surprised just about everyone with his performance. McHugh struck out a career-high 12 in his season debut to lead the Houston Astros to a 5-2 win against the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night, extending Seattles losing streak to eight games. McHugh (1-0) was told he was being called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday and flew to Seattle. It wasnt until he got to the team hotel late Monday night that he found out he was going to start for the Astros on Tuesday. Before the game, Houston coach Bo Porter characterized McHugh as a "pitch to contact guy," but the Mariners made almost no contact. McHugh struck out the first three batters he faced to set the tone for his first win in 10 career starts. "That was outstanding. Thats what you call seizing the opportunity," Porter said. The right-hander didnt walk a batter, giving up three hits in 6 2-3 shutout innings. "I dont think anybody prepares to go out and strike out a bunch of people. But I knew I had pretty decent command today with two or three pitches," McHugh said. "It was really good to kind of get the proverbial gorilla off your back with a W." McHughs stuff caught the Mariners off guard as well, as they only reached second once against him. "He was a little different than the scouting report we got. He was 94 (miles an hour) with a pretty good cut slider," Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He threw exceptionally well tonight." The Astros offence gave McHugh plenty to work with, as Jason Castro and Chris Carter each hit homers to give Houston a 3-0 lead after two innings. Seattle starter Erasmo Ramirez (1-3) struck out eight over six innings and only allowed three hits, but they included the two costly homers. Three at-bats into the game, Castro just cleared the left field wall for a two-run homer, his fourth. Carter followed in the second inning with a shot to left that landed in the second deck for hhis first homer of the year. Custom Toronto Maple Leafs Jerseys. Seattles Dustin Ackley tried to counter with a deep ball to left in the bottom of the second, but Matt Dominguez made a leaping catch at the wall to end the inning. Dominguez added a homer of his own in the top of the seventh to give Houston a 4-0 lead. The Astros have now won two in a row after a seven-game losing streak, and their offence -- which entered Tuesdays game with a major league-worst .196 batting average -- is finally showing some signs of life. "Once the whole offence is flowing like it is the last couple games, you kind of get in a little groove with it," Dominguez said. "Its been nice being able to score some runs." McHughs 12th strikeout came against Robinson Cano to leadoff the bottom of the seventh, but Porter brought on reliever Raul Valdes with two outs in the inning. McHugh had thrown 89 pitches, well above his high of 73 pitches in his minor league outings this year. Valdes walked Kyle Seager and then gave up a two-run home run to Justin Smoak, Seattles only offence of the game. McHughs call up came after Scott Feldman was placed on the disabled list with biceps tendinitis. Feldman will miss at least one more start, possibly giving McHugh more chances to show what he can do. 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