DeAngelis won’t kick the panic button

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:17 AM ET

HAMILTON — Sandro DeAngelis is the CFL’s most accurate kicker.

That is a fact, although you might have a problem convincing the fine folks in Hamilton of that about now.

Not only did DeAngelis suffer through, for him, a wretched kicking day in his home debut with his new team, he hasn’t exactly had a ton of success here at Ivor Wynne Stadium in his career.

As a matter of fact, his two-for-four afternoon yesterday in the field-goal kicking department leave him just 10-for-18 all time in The Hammer.

That’s a 55.5% success rate compared to his overall proficiency in the field-goal department which sits at 80.1%.

DeAngelis knew to the month when was the last time he missed two field goals in a game — June 2008 in the season opener against the B.C. Lions — but downplayed his lack of success at his new home park.

“No trust me,” he said. “I would rather kick here over Regina or Winnipeg or a lot of other places. Ivor Wynne is fine. I just didn’t do my part today.”

As one would expect of a kicker who has been as successful as he has in this league, DeAngelis does not lack for confidence. He seemed much more interested in atoning for a bad day than beating himself up over it, which is clearly the healthiest route.

He made it very clear the pressures of playing against a former team or living up to his new contract or the hype that surrounded his signing here did not play a role in Saturday’s rough afternoon.

“Nah, I am my own worst critique,” he said. “I put more expectations on myself than Obie (Ticats GM Bob O’Billovich) or Marcel (Bellefeuille) could ever put on me. I expect to do sensational things every year. With that being said, it’s a long season, it’s a marathon. I have had plenty of bad games in my career. It’s all about how you bounce back. It’s not time to hit the panic button.”


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