Pinball ready to tackle Buono

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:44 AM ET

The annual Grey Cup news conference will pit Pinball Clemons against a coach who dared to publicly criticize him.

It was about three weeks ago that B.C. Lions coach Wally Buono spoke openly about the Argos' decision to rest many of their starters for the final game of the regular season, which contributed to a 58-20 loss to the Montreal Alouettes.

Buono called it an embarrassment to the CFL.

Clemons responded to the criticism by essentially saying Buono was off base because he didn't know the facts behind the move, specifically the Argos had players who were physically beaten up from a gruelling schedule of three games in 10 days.

When asked yesterday if he will respond to Buono's criticism should he be asked about it tomorrow, Clemons said he will not shy away, even though he'll be sitting beside his coaching counterpart.

"For me if (the media) ask the question, I'll address it because I tend not to not answer questions," Clemons said.

'NOT YOUR BUSINESS'

"I'll turn to him and say, 'it's really not your business. You're called to run your football team and I'm called to run mine.' With all due respect to him, as I said before, he's just not in the position to know what's best for my football team. He's not in a position to understand who was hurt and how they're doing and what's going on with them.

"I wasn't critical of him (at the time) because I understand his feelings ... but he just didn't have all the information. If he had all the information he would have made a very similar decision to the one I did."


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