If lots of sports writers get a bad impression about a particular athlete
and there are lots of similar stories about the athlete for several years
I think it is more likely that their stories are close to the truth.
There were no stories about Arland as a negative influence
in the years before Bart Andrus became Argo's Head Coach
He needed to instill a more business-like attitude this year
and Arland became the player who was the scapegoat
Arland was upset about being suspended for a game
and being called unprofessional by his Head Coach
and he lashed out and made some very juicy quotes
to one particular sports writer from one Toronto paper.
Many of us felt that this insubordination
told the whole story about his character.
I didn't feel that was true, but it made me wonder if Arland
was a leader in the mutiny against Kerry Joseph last year
I pondered whether he might do the same in our locker room
with our QBs and create a split in our team among the players,
but, as a newcomer, I felt he wouldn't have enough infuence,
and the coaches and veterans would nip that in the bud
So far everything is rosy and I expect it to continue.
It's better not to read too much of what one reads in the sports pages.