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    SHERBROOKE, Que. Carlton Davis Jersey . - Meet Dan Hawkins - hes loud and friendly. "Ma fee ahh aushway!" he shouts happily following the fourth day of Montreal Alouettes training camp. Its some kind of French, and the man from Idaho wouldve bellowed it as loud on any corner along Rue Sainte-Catherine if he could. "Accouchée," says Alouettes communications director Charles Rooke, quietly. "Accouchée!" Hawkins says quickly. "OK, Im getting there, Im trying to work on it" A long time ago, Vince Lombardi said: "Confidence is contagious, so is lack of confidence." Hawkins is not like the austere, granite-faced Green Bay Packers head coach. He has a bright, oval face, and ostensibly two expressions: smiling and smiling wider. And he hasnt won two Super Bowls. "Ma...fille... a...accouchée" Hawkins says slowly, acting as if he cant hear Rooke take him gently through each syllable. "Yeah, Im a grandpa. I had another grandchild today. "Big news of the day." What you need to know, less than a week into his professional and CFL head coaching career, is that Dan Hawkins is an uncomplicated man, who shares Lombardis fondness for uncomplicated creeds. "Quit trying to win, just be a winner," is what Hawkins is telling the Alouettes — his team — now. Montreal general manager Jim Popp has always recruited from unconventional places. Hawkins helped make Boise State relevant in NCAA football a decade ago, then wasnt as successful at Colorado State. His record as a college head coach is 112-61-1. His record as a professional head coach is 0-0-0. That number will be scrutinized far more intensely than Anthony Calvillos age — hell be 41 in August — because Marc Trestman refined NFL quarterbacks — Bernie Kosar, Jake Plummer and Rich Gannon — before leading the Alouettes to back-to-back Grey Cups. Hes parlayed those accomplishments into the top job with the Chicago Bears. The last few years Hawkins worked as a college football analyst for ESPN. So, what has he learned halfway through his first week as a professional head coach? "Youre a professional, right?" Hawkins says, narrowing his eyes, but without a hint of agitation. "So would your boss or your supervisor treat you any different — I would hope not — if you were an intern or you were getting paid? "I mean, these coaches are professional, so Im coaching coaches as well. Youre always picking things up. I think the biggest thing — for me and these guys — you certainly know things about [players] on film, but all I told them is all we know is what we know." That sounds like coach-speak — all cleverly tied words. Dont talk about leading, coach, just lead. And in the middle of the central Quebec countryside — something off J. E. H. MacDonalds easel — Hawkins breaks the green calmness with a bit of West Coast volume. "Here we go, here we go, here we go!" he shouts as he runs here and there. The sound cuts through the wind and rolls over the hills. Blink and the man in the red cap is behind the quarterbacks near the far end zone. Blink again, hes there pacing around the running backs. Blink, there he is, this time between the tackles before a special teams drill. He shouts and moves his arms, and his players follow. Give this man the football. It is the kind of energy Edmonton head coach Kavis Reed has too, but it has been sharpened over nearly 20 years in the CFL. Conversely, if Hawkinss energy and passion is undressed and transparent; he just wants his players to reveal the same. "Until you see a guy play and perform consistently out here and do it, you build that trust of Yeah OK, youre that player and see him turn it on and turn it off successfully," the coach says. "Then youre going OK he is that player...and you do the same thing in college really." One of the few times Hawkins stands still is when scuffles flare. Rookie defensive back Michael Parker takes exception to a tackle from slotback Jamel Richardson, and all fall silent as the two broad men curse and grab at one another. They are separated quickly, but the intensity bubbles over. Teammates sneer and hoot at each other. Bodies slam together, harder and harder. Running back Brandon Whitaker says someone pulled him from behind during a scrimmage, sticking his right knee in the turf, irritating the scar tissue of his surgically repaired right knee. "I know it is a long season, and I told the guys, Im not stupid, Im really not, and you cant do this everyday, you cant. It is ludicrous, Hawkins says. "But when we go, we have to be able to go, that is what I asked of them, and they did it. I think nothing good happens without passion." "He just loves what he is doing and you love playing for a guy like that," Whitaker says. "He is the boss." Hawkins has to be. Decisions in September and October are hard to prepare for in June, but there is one challenge that might be unavoidable: What if there comes a situation where he has to pull Calvillo – still, and forevermore, the most important Alouette — out of a game, because... "Because, what?" Hawkins asks. Fill in the blank. "[Calvillo] is going to be smart with us, whether it is his play or his body or the plays or the people and all that kind of thing. Who knows? Maybe hell again outlast another coach." Maybe...but Hawkins is not a promise-maker, not a dreamer, not a planner; hes apparently climbed mountains, ran with bulls, swam with sharks. The tangible is what matters. Consecutive home playoff defeats over the last two seasons, and perhaps an increasing reliance on a thoroughly prepared playbook, have diminished some of aura of dominance that has emanated from the Alouettes for over a decade. Remember: "Quit trying to win, just be a winner." In the opening nights of training camp, Hawkins showed Calvillo and other players footage of 11-team NBA Champion Bill Russell. "You say, OK quit trying to win, just be a winner, Well who are the winners? What do they do? You can study the losers as well because you can learn from them, but what do the great ones [do]? That is why I dont read a lot of fiction, because Im trying to go: What did [an actual person] do? And what can I learn from him? And what can I pass on to the guys? To me, that is how I put together that whole game plan." Maybe what the Alouettes need now is a man of action. The rookie pro learning drill to drill, too, running around the field, missing only his own pads and cleats. If he had a tether in his hand, he wouldve pulled 80-odd, massive men with him. "I dont know the exact word to put for it, but it is definitely exciting," says Whitaker. "When we sit in meetings we get excited. We see the ball going down the field, the is just little details that weve got to continue to work on." Its infectious isnt it? "It definitely is, and it rubs off on everybody. Everybody is excited about it." Brent Grimes Jersey . While hell be dialed in to that tournament on a course he loves, you can forgive him if his eyes glance down the calendar just a bit, towards April. John Lynch Jersey . The Oilers come in having lost five in a row (0-4-1) and 16 of their last 20 games, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. .25 million option on reliever Jose Veras.Wayne Mardle is back with his crystal ball to cast his eye over a crucial night of Premier League Darts in Manchester and reveal his predictions. A huge night of action is in store on the penultimate leg of this years regular Premier League action. After Manchester, the curtain will come down following the first trip to Rotterdam and then Finals Night at the O2. Sky Live: Premier League Darts We preview the action in Manchester on Thursday night Michael van Gerwen claimed top spot last week and, along with a rejuvenated Phil Taylor, both men have secured a place in the top four. While their eyes are on the £25,000 bonus for finishing top, four other men have their eyes on a London spot. Robert Thornton and Raymond van Barneveld are eliminated and Gary Anderson is all but there, leaving Adrian Lewis, James Wade and Peter Wright to duke it out and Wayne believes this weeks fixtures will prove crucial......James Wade v Peter Wright  James Wade is tipped to come out on top in a crucial clash with Peter Wright (Pic: Michael Cooper) I want to know why James Wade is the outsider, I dont get it. If you were to say to any darts fan, Who would you make the favourite out of James Wade and Peter Wright? they would go, Im not sure, maybe James Wade.James is more than likely to win this game The reason being its really nip and tuck now and Peter Wright had a great week last week but he does seem to lose big matches. I think this is another big match that he loses. Darts Leicester story...almost When a 1,000-1 outsider almost did the impossible Contrary to that when it gets to the real nitty gritty, James Wade doesnt fail very often.I am going for James Wade on a price-based punt in a narrow win - Peter will have one dart at 36 off 116 and James will take out 94. (Sky Bet odds: James Wade to win 2/1)Gary Anderson v Robert Thornton Gary Anderson needs just a point to secure a place at the O2 later this month It wont be an easy game for Gary but I think he will relax to a point because he has almost qualified.Robert is so in and out. You can back for him with any kind of confidence whatsoever. He has had a really tough campaign. He did well nott to be eliminated, he got the draw of Michael van Gerwen. Bryan Anger Jersey. I think Gary Anderson wins this at a canter, maybe 7-3. (Sky Bet odds: Gary Anderson to win 7-3 is 9/2)Michael van Gerwen v Raymond van Barneveld  MIchael Van Gerwen is determined to keep hold of top spot When will the bookies learn. 7-1, 7-1! It is ridiculous. Dont get me wrong, I wont be having a penny on van Barneveld this time.Van Gerwen is playing to a standard that I am not sure Barney can cope with, Im really not.For Barney to win, he would have to play like the World Championship [Barney won 4-3 in Decembers World Championship quarter-final], everything would have to be perfect. Van Gerwen would have to leave doubles and he would have to take out 135, then hed have to take out 121. Premier League Night 13 A look back at the talking points from events in Birmingham He wont outscore Michael, and now he cant qualify I dont see Barney giving any resistanceI think van Gerwen wins pretty simply purely because I dont think this is a game that Barney needs to win.  (Sky Bet odds: Michael van Gerwen to win 7-3 is 9/2)Adrian Lewis v Phil Taylor Phil Taylor takes on Adrian Lewis in Manchester on Thursday night (Pic: Lawrence Lustig) Its a big night for Adrian. He needs to avoid defeat. He has always said that he lacks the urgency, he is sometimes too patient in the Premier League.He has had a good campaign and he is playing well. He did a real good job on Robert Thornton last week. He looked superb for the best part of six or seven legs.Phil is playing a lot better than Robert Thornton and that is the problem for Adrian.I see it being close and I think maybe it has come at a good time for Adrian. Phil is not at the top of the league and there is now a bit of pressure on Phil to get there.I just think Phil has that little bit too much for Adrian, as usual every week, Im going for a last leg thriller but Phil Taylor to win. (Sky Bet odds: Phil Taylor to win 7-4 is 13/2)You can follow all the action on Thursday with our live blog here on and on Sky Sports 1 from 7pm.  Or watch for £6.99 without a contract, on NOW TV. 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