D-linemen make peace

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:57 AM ET

This had the potential to be really juicy: two nasty CFL D-linemen, in Round 2 of a verbal cage match that began last October.

In case you've forgotten, Blue Bomber Doug Brown and Ricky Foley didn't like each other 11 months ago, Brown using words like "idiots," "juvenile" and "assinine" to describe Foley and his then-B. C. teammates for their controversial crotch chopping gesture before a game in Vancouver.

Brown went public with his distate for the gesture, the Lions were fined and the talkative Foley popped off at big No. 97, calling him a "crybaby" who threw his peers "under the bus."

Fast forward to today, and Foley is a newly-minted member of the Toronto Argonauts, fresh off a contractual flip-flop that saw him verbally commit to re-signing with the Lions before putting his signature on a deal with the Argos, all within 24 hours.

And Toronto just happens to host the Bombers in a critical East Division match this weekend.

Over to you, big guy.

"That's crazy," Brown said of Foley's now-you-see-him, now-you-don't spin move from the West Coast to Hogtown. "I lost a bet with Glenn January. Glenn said, 'Did you hear Ricky Foley's signed with Toronto?' I said, 'No, I just read the press release from B.C. and he had quotes and everything in it.' How do you hand out quotes ... and then sign somewhere else?"

This was going to be good. I could tell Brown was getting into it.

I suggest that maybe Foley, fresh off a failed NFL tryout, chose Toronto because he wanted to square off against Brown's Bombers as soon as possible.

Brown doesn't really bite, figuring it was probably about the money, even though Foley told reporters in Vancouver exactly the opposite when it appeared he was returning to the Lions.

"Ten grand can go a long way, I guess," Brown said. "I can almost guarantee you it was a financial thing. I'm sure somebody checked the loose change in their couch and came up with another stack of Benjamins or something."

It appeared Brown was warmed up, so it was time to throw out the trump card.

So, Mr. Cryba -- uh, I mean Mr. Brown, what about all those bad things this joker said about you last fall? What do you think of him now, considering he's obviously a flake at the bargaining table, too?

I sat back, waiting for the barrage.

"I ran into Mr. Foley in Calgary at the Grey Cup last year," Brown began. "He bought me a drink or something. He's actually not as bad as I thought he was, let's put it that way. We kissed and made up, so to speak."

What?

"You buy me a drink and we're best friends all of a sudden," Brown That's all it takes. Just like my dog, you give him a biscuit or a treat and he's loyal to you forever."

But what about--

"He's not a bad dude anymore," Brown concluded.

With that, one muckraking sports writer was suddenly without an angle.

Of course, the Bomber- Argos tilt this Sunday doesn't really need any personal animosity to spice it up.

If Brown and Co. want to be taken seriously as East Division playoff threats, they have to win, period.

They've already lost the season series to one division rival (Hamilton), and dropped the first of three games with the 5-5 Argos. Another loss Sunday and they may as well kiss the East spot goodbye, leaving a flirtation with the West crossover as their only hope to reach the post-season altar.

"We're a 3-7 team," Brown said. "It's a long road back to respectability, and two in a row would be the first steps in the right direction."

Another must-win. Without any personal vendettas, that'll have to do.

As for new best buds Brown and Foley, perhaps the loser can at least buy the drinks.

paul.friesen@sunmedia.ca


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