Look, I don’t mean to be rude here, but I think Allen is, in all honesty, overrated. He does not deserve to be in the Pro Football (NFL) Hall of Fame. Most quarterbacks don’t take 21 years to get a 5,000 yard passing season. Funny how he talks to reporters after he sets records and mysteriously disappears after bad games. From somewhere, Allen has crafted some kind of reputation for being a big game quarterback. Let’s look at his spotless record in the last six years then:
2006: Gets pulled in East semifinal, final, in favour of Michael Bishop.
2005: Argos lose 33-17; blow big early lead.
2004: Allen is magnificent, able to outplay the likes of Ted White (sarcastic) to get to the Grey Cup and win.
2003: Allen gets hurt, Michael Bishop steps in and nearly wins the East Final.
2002: Allen puts up an amazing three points with B.C. in the West Semi-Final. Loses by 27; 30-3.
2001: Allen’s Lions lose 28-19 to Calgary in the West semifinal.
Yes, definitely a “big-game? quarterback.
You know, Calvillo has taken a lot of flack, some of it deserved, for being a choker. But you know something: he’s won every east final in the last five years where he was healthy (was injured early in the second half in 2004). Maybe Calvillo isn’t so bad.
One final thought though: Ticats GM Marcel Desjardins accused some of his players of deliberately trying to get certain coaches fired. That’s terrible.
Now, look at this:
According to this, Allen was doing his best to get Kent Austin fired! Apparently he was whining to team brass about it!
Anyways, he's lost again.