Ferri ticked by Belli

Argonauts defensive tackle Adriano Belli during practice at Olympic Stadium in Montreal on November...

Argonauts defensive tackle Adriano Belli during practice at Olympic Stadium in Montreal on November 20, 2010. (ERIC BOLTE/QMI Agency)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:48 PM ET

MONTREAL — We’re willing to bet a big heaping dish of poutine that Adriano Belli and Diamond Ferri don’t shake hands some time around 4 o’clock on Sunday afternoon.

Ferri, the Montreal Alouettes linebacker who last week said Argonauts quarterback Cleo Lemon would be “shark bait” during the East Division final at Olympic Stadium, was ticked with Belli, who said on Friday that “eyeblack on a Diamond is still a Ferri.”

“He kisses guys,” Ferri said of Belli’s penchant for planting smooches on the cheeks of most people who cross his path.

“He has nothing to do with me. It’s just Belli being Belli. He’s known in the league for being a troublemaker. The last time he was a winner was when he was here (in 2002). So he can talk all he wants to talk. Until they beat us when it counts, or until he does whatever he says he is going to do, it doesn’t matter.”

Belli was amused by Ferri’s reaction. While Belli might have issued his one-liner to take the spotlight away from the pressure of playing in the East final, he couldn’t see what Ferri’s fuss was about.

“I love having fun, you know how I am,” Belli said to a small group of reporters after the Argos completed their walk-through practice. “We play a game for a living, and if you can’t have fun playing a game ... if this was all serious ... at the end of the day, you can talk s--- all you want, but if you can’t back it up ... everybody remembers how well you played, not how much trash you talked.”

What about kissing guys? Ferri was just saying what was true, and not that there’s anything wrong with that.

“He better (bleep)ing watch out, because he is going to get a big sloppy one,” Belli said.

Still, Ferri was not happy that Belli singled him out.

“I made a statement,” Ferri said. “I wasn’t talking s---. All I said was that we were going to have to get after him (Lemon) and he was going to be shark bait. Whatever the media or Toronto wants to turn it into, let it be.

“The game is not played with words. It is played with helmets, schemes, players. The only thing that talking like (Belli) is going to do is hurt your team.”

terry.koshan@sunmedia.ca


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