In the wake of all the penalties last week, I thought I would break them down and see what happened. I also got help from CFL stats Guru Steve Daniel, who deserves credit for all the work he does weekly. Here is a list of the penalties that happened in Week 3. There were 110 (27.5 per game) last week. In the last 20 years, there have been only two weeks with more penalties! One thing you always look at as a coach are penalties that occur before the ball was snapped, those are usually based on mental errors such as not following the snap count on offence or watching the ball on defence. The before-the-whistle penalties can be eliminated by focusing on your assignment. Offside, procedure, time count and too many men would fall in that category. Last week there were 31 of those penalties or 28 per cent of the total penalties. Some interesting stats - Holding was the highest penalty called last week with 25 calls including 11 times in one game. - Almost 1000 yards was penalized last week, which moved the ball up and down the field. - 298 penalties so far this season - 99 penalties per week - Almost 25 penalties per game - Penalties are up in all areas: offence, defence, special teams As a coach, you are always stressing and coaching the correct fundamentals of the game but it is sometimes hard for players to learn how to correct penalties until it happens to them at full speed in a game. Also we have lost a lot of veteran football players this past season. We shouldnt blame the officials for the increase in the penalties because they are calling what they are seeing happening on the field. Usually coaches range with agreeing with 70-90 per cent of the calls when they see them on film. Every week the coaches still see penalties on the game film that were not called that should have been called. Im not sure what the reason is for so many penalties this year, but Im sure the coaches and players are working hard to correct them. Roquan Smith Bears Jersey . The Nashville Predators were glad their captain was still on their side. Weber had a goal and two assists, and Roman Josi scored the shootout winner to lift the Predators to a 4-3 win over the Flyers on Thursday night. Brian Urlacher Womens Jersey . Raonic, the mens No. 8 seed from Thornhill, Ont., needed more than three hours to overcome Frenchman Gilles Simon 4-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 and become the first Canadian man into the fourth round at Roland Garros. http://www.bearsfootballpro.com/Authent ... rs_Jersey/ .J. - Trying to learn and absorb the new West Coast offence being installed by new offensive co-ordinator Ben McAdoo, the New York Giants wrapped their final organized team activity Thursday before a three-day mini-camp next week. Khalil Mack Bears Jersey . The Brad Jacobs team from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., advanced to Fridays championship game with a 10-6 win over Chinas Rui Liu in the semifinal. Anthony Miller Youth Jersey . Louis, MO (SportsNetwork. HOUSTON -- Six-time All-Star Lance Berkman is retiring after 15 seasons in the major leagues. Berkman almost left the game last off-season before signing with the Texas Rangers. He then had another injury-plagued season and was limited to 73 games. The 37-year-old Berkman was Houstons first-round draft pick in 1997 out of Rice, and played 12 seasons for the Astros. He played 1,879 career games, all but 287 for Houston, finishing a .293 career hitter with 366 home runs and 1,234 RBIs. "Lance was one of the greatest players in Astros history," his original team said in a release Wednesday night. The Astros said they hope to honour Berkman during the upcoming season and "give the fans the chance to recognize his outstanding career." He finished the 2010 season with the New York Yankees before two years in St. Louis, where he was part of the 2011 World Series champions. "Just physically Ive gotten to the point where I dont feel like I can compete at a level that Im used to competing at," Berkman told KRIV-TV of Houston.dddddddddddd "I could probably still drag my carcass out there, but Im not interested in doing that. ... I dont want to hang on just to hang on." Berkman said he was excited about retiring. The Rangers declined their $12 million contract option for 2014 last October, which got Berkman a $1 million buyout. He hit .242 with six homers and 34 RBIs for the Rangers. He went on the disabled list July 7 with a left inflammation and a sore right knee, and played only five games after coming back the final month of the season. The six-time All-Star played only 32 games for St. Louis in 2012, when he dealt with a strained left calf and had two operations on his right knee. He hit .301 in 2011 for the Cardinals, who won the World Series that season over Texas. Berkman had said last winter that he had gone into that off-season feeling like he was going to retire then. But he responded to the Rangers, and made $10 million last season. ' ' '