Cahill prepares for spotlight

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:03 AM ET

Leo the Lip will get some lip before he receives his long-awaited Grey Cup ring.

Legendary ex-Argos coach Leo Cahill, who was named a goodwill ambassador for the CFL club last year, will be presented with his first Grey Cup ring at a roast and dinner tonight at the Monte Cassino Hotel in North York.

At an event called 'The Coach, The Roast, The Ring,' Cahill will be roasted by broadcasters Pat Marsden, Leif Pettersen and Gord Stellick, Ottawa Sun columnist Earl McRae and former Argo Dick Thornton.

READY TO FIRE BACK

When asked if he is looking forward to the event, Cahill said, "Not exactly. You never know what all those guys are going to say."

Nevertheless, Cahill is preparing to poke some fun at his roasters with his own top-secret speech.

Though he will be the butt of more than a few jokes, Cahill knows it will be a special night.

He lost in a couple of Grey Cup games as a coach, including the devastating loss in 1971 after Leon McQuay's fumble. Cahill returned to the Argos last year after a 15-year absence. The Sarnia resident was with the team for three years as a general manager and another two separate terms as coach.

"I'm overwhelmed," said Cahill, who watched the Grey Cup game on television last year so he could stay with his ill son Terry. "I never expected this. I have a Rose Bowl ring and a World Football League ring, but the one I cherish the most is a Grey Cup ring because of all the time I spent in the CFL."


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