Take a look at this sorry excuse for journalism:http://www.thestar.com/Sports/article/271259
Argonauts put fans to sleep
Oct 28, 2007 04:30 AM
[i]Maybe the CFL isn't seeing the upside of the recent hemming and hawing about the prospect of an NFL team coming to Hogtown and obliterating the northland's little league. At least there hasn't been time for moaning and groaning about a product gone bad – about the way a fun-to-watch offensive-focused product has suddenly, in a couple of tough-to-watch seasons, degenerated into a defensive struggle considerably less pleasing to watch than, say, computer-generated horse racing on a Jumbotron.
Yes, we understand Argo faithful is ecstatic about their team's sixth straight win yesterday, even if it was a 16-8 stinker. But yesterday the biggest cheer of the afternoon from the impressive crowd of 40,116 at Rogers Centre was, indeed, reserved for a scoreboard horse race, wherein each of the pixilated ponies represented a section of the stadium. (The purple steed, running for the pride of the 200 Level, won in a photo finish). And woo-freaking-hoo.
As for the guy jockeying the Argos offence, quarterback Michael Bishop, he was abysmal, completing just 10 of his 29 passing attempts for 145 yards.
"I believe we're going to need more offence to win in the playoffs," said Michael Clemons, the Argos coach. "Our team goes as our offence goes. When they play well, we're dominant. ... When they don't play well, we're battling for our lives."
Whatever happened to exciting CFL games in these parts? Yesterday's not-so-thrilling win – a game that saw Toronto overtake the Blue Bombers for first in the East and set up a situation where a win in next week's game at Saskatchewan will give the Argos a bye into the East final – came on the heels of last week's 16-9 win over Montreal, which came a few weeks after they beat Edmonton 18-11. These dead-ball Argos have scored 18 or fewer points eight times in 17 games. They've won just three of those games
Yesterday the score was 4-1 for Winnipeg until there was less than three minutes to go in the first half. And if it wasn't for some enterprising special-teams work by Ray Fontaine, who blocked a punt and forced a fumble that set up both of Toronto's touchdowns, both teams might have posted single-digit tallies for the 60-minute mess. Such is the reality of the CFL these days, especially in Toronto: The star of the game turns out to be an Ottawa-bred worker bee. Forget the offensive fireworks. Enjoy the grunt work.
Bishop said the style of the CFL game has transformed itself "for the better," which underlines that truism that players almost never understand the fan's perspective.
"It's more entertaining as a player. It's more fun trying to beat a good defence," he said. "The fans, they're used to 80-yard one-play drives, big bombs, big plays. But the game is changing. You've got to enjoy what it is."
Not that Bishop enjoyed himself yesterday.
"I played terrible," he said. "You don't want to have games like that, but I've had my games like that.''
Chad Folk, the offensive lineman, said the offence has been dogged by its ineptitude. While the Toronto defence is a loosey-goosey crew, literally bouncing in unison before seemingly every play, the Argos on the weaker side of the ball look tight. No surprise, perhaps, that they had their best moment yesterday when somebody broke the tension.
"(Bishop) came into the huddle at one point and cracked a joke," said Folk. "He brought some levity to the situation, and we went down and scored a touchdown."
Maybe if they miked up the QB and broadcast his one-liners – a little sugar to go with another salty stat line – Argo fans would be getting better value for their day at the horse race.[/i]
I was at that game. Sure, it was low scoring, but the fans were right into it, and we exploded on the two touch downs.
I was so looking forward to reading the paper about the huge success story, 40,000+ fans turning out to support their Argos, even in the face of all the anti-CFL, pro-NFL articles of late.
This joke ought to be fired.
P.S. here's his e-mail address:email@example.com