No peaceful, easy feeling for Fleming

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:48 AM ET

TORONTO -- Sean Fleming would rather forget his road trip.

The 15-year Eskimo shanked a nine-yard punt in the fourth quarter yesterday that gave Toronto glorious field position.

Four plays later the Argos cashed in with a field goal.

To make matters worse for Fleming, that all came after he produced a 28-yard punt in the first half.

"I just didn't feel very comfortable out there," he said after the 28-23 loss.

When the final numbers were tallied, Fleming had a 34-yard average on seven punts yesterday. Conversely, Toronto's Noel Prefontaine had a 50-yard average.

"With the two returners (Bashir Levingston and Keith Stokes) it was our focus to get it out of bounds every time," said Fleming.

"It's difficult because obviously I would like to do what everybody else in the league does and hit the ball down the field and not worry about having to hit out of bounds every time.

"But that is what they want us to do. They don't want us to give up the big return."

FINISH LINES

Proving Ricky Williams has done nothing for attendance in Toronto, only 26,891 showed up yesterday, down from last Thanksgiving Day - but par for the course this year. Argo attendance is down 1,500 per game this season, even though the club is paying Williams a base salary near $250,000, but with incentives could reportedly pay him close to $500,000.


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