Queen's Golden Gaels centre Dan Bederman, a two-time OUA all-star, has signed a free-agent deal with the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Since there is no chance of this site ever being viewed as impartial when it comes to anything Queen's Football-related, here's hoping 6-foot-3, 320-lb. Bederman makes good on his opportunity. Centres don't get a lot of glory, but he was the anchor for a blocking group which cleared the way for Mike Giffin to have consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons and gave the other Dan B., as in quarterback Brannagan, plenty of time to throw.
Hamilton has an established centre, five-year veteran Marwan Hage, who is signed through 2010 and is one of the CFL's best-paid O-linemen. Getting a foothold as a lineman in the CFL is very difficult. All Bederman can do is give it all he has, eh.
The other Gael who was thought to have a good shot at being signed, defensive back-kick returner Jimmy Allin, hasn't been picked up. Allin's unique skill set probably mandates that someone has to give him a look. If not, though, people wouldn't mind if he wore the Tricolour for another season.