Morreale content with team

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:23 AM ET

When his Hamilton Tiger-Cats came up small in the Doug Flutie sweepstakes, slotback Mike Morreale did not consider it terrible news.

Nothing against the former CFL star quarterback, who signed with the NFL's New England Patriots last week, but Morreale felt the Ticats' Flutie pursuit took the focus off more pressing issues.

"It would have been nice if it did work out on one hand, but on the other hand it's nice to get back to business again," Morreale, who was Flutie's teammate on the 1996 Grey Cup champion Argos, said yesterday. "Football is No. 1, rather than who's coming and who's going to be there. We know Danny (McManus) is going to be there and Marcus (Brady) is going to be there. To be quite honest with you, it was probably more trouble than it was worth."

Morreale said he felt bad for McManus, 39, who threw for 5,034 yards last year.

"He's a consummate professional and he goes through so much crap and he deserves to be treated properly," Morreale said. "When you get all this hype and stuff, sometimes he gets overshadowed and he shouldn't be."

QB CONTROVERSY

B.C. Lions veteran Dave Dickenson thinks he should be considered the team's starting quarterback. The Lions still have a quarterbacking dilemma, with reigning CFL MVP Casey Printers and Dickenson, who started in the loss against the Argos in the Grey Cup

"I feel like it's my job and until (coach) Wally (Buono) tells me differently, I'm going to jump in and take the No. 1 reps," Dickenson said.

BRIEFLY

York University denied a report it will consider suing the Argos for backing out of a plan to help build an on-campus stadium.

"We don't have any plans to sue the Argos. It's not on our radar screen," York spokesperson Nancy White said. "It's not something we want people to be thinking."


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