Lions aware of Allen's offensive ways

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:46 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- Every time Damon Allen prepares for a game against the B.C. Lions, the Argos quarterback is the centre of attention.

With Allen off to a hot start this season, the focus on the soon-to-be 42-year-old is extra intense this time around as he heads into a game against his old team tonight at B.C. Place.

"He's a great player and a player I respect," Lions defensive lineman Brent Johnson said before Allen was surrounded by television cameras yesterday. "I love playing against him because he's that good. I don't know how many more times we'll get to hit him. He's getting older, but his play has stepped up this year and it's always stepped up."

Allen, who turns 42 July 29, leads the CFL with seven touchdown passes this season and has thrown just one interception.

"He is dangerous," Lions coach Wally Buono said. "As quickly as possible, you'd like to try to get the ball out of his hands."

Despite all the compliments, Allen expects more from himself.

"We've left a lot of points on the field," he said. "We have to do a better job of taking advantage of that."

SPEAKING HIS MIND

Tonight's game is the only Argos game -- and one of just six CFL games -- not on English-language television this season and linebacker Michael Fletcher thinks that is a shame.

"I might get fined, but I think the league is dumb for not having this game on TV," he said. "Everybody wants to see it. For the people here, it's going to be a show only they can see."

TSN is showing the Winnipeg Blue Bombers-Edmonton Eskimos game tonight.


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