Down 'n' dirty is alright with Wally

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:34 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- Wally Buono is living by a Las Vegas-style rule: what happens at the bottom of the pile stays at the bottom of the pile.

In a hilarious pre-game media conference at B.C. Place yesterday, the head coach of the B.C. Lions refused to detail what really goes on between fierce competitors on the football field.

This all comes on the heels of Eskimos defensive end Rahim Abdullah calling Lions' offensive tackles Rob Murphy and Jason Jimenez dirty players earlier this week.

After a wild and wacky week of hype, Buono's address capped everything in advance of tonight's Esks-Lions tilt.

"What do you think goes on under the pile?" shot Buono.

"Do you think they are asking each other what they are doing tonight? It's like asking what goes on underneath the sheets.

"What goes on there is football. Football is a nasty game. We don't want to get into that.

"In a life of a football player we have all been there and done that.

"We have all done things that we probably shouldn't have done."

Buono played 10 years for the Montreal Alouettes.

Gouging, kicking and grabbing were likely all present back then - just as they are today.

"The point is: don't point fingers because they will all point back at you to," continued Buono.

"I would ask Mr. Abdullah if he has ever done anything dirty."

Abdullah alleged that Murphy once tried to stick a hand up into his facemask The Eskimo also admitted he tried to bite Murphy's fingers off.

"The truth hurts," said Abdullah, before getting more serious about tonight.

"But I don't want to take away from the game because that is all we are really here for.

"And hopefully nothing (dirty) happens (tonight)."

As for Buono's suggestion of keeping quiet about life at the bottom of the pile, Abdullah agrees - to a certain extent.

"But if a person is out there trying to intentionally hurt someone, end someone's career..."

SHORT HIT: Continuing on the bizarre theme from yesterday's media day at B.C. Place Stadium, Christie Buono - Wally Buono's daughter - related the story of phoning into a Calgary radio talk show in 2002 to defend her father.

Using the name 'Sabrina' and disguising her voice, she directed pointed questions at Stamps owner Michael Feterik, who tried to dodge the issue.

Buono left the Stamps soon after to join the Lions.


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