Right place, wrong reason

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:18 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- There is something positive left for the Argos, despite a disappointing end to their season.

Quarterback Damon Allen, linebackers Michael Fletcher and Kevin Eiben and punter/place kicker Noel Prefontaine are four of the six East Division finalists for tonight's Canadian Football League player awards.

Allen is expected to win the most outstanding player award over Saskatchewan Roughriders' all-purpose back Corey Holmes.

However, Holmes is the favourite to win the award for special teams player, beating out Prefontaine.

Fletcher is up against Calgary linebacker John Grace for the outstanding defensive player, while Eiben faces B.C. Lions defensive end Brent Johnson for outstanding Canadian.

Fletcher spoke for his fellow finalists when he said last Sunday's 33-17 loss to the Montreal Alouettes in the East Division final takes away from the joy of the moment.

"It's not the circumstances I wanted to be under," Fletcher said. "I'm still kind of sick in the stomach at this point knowing 50 or 60 other guys (on the team) should be here with me (playing for the Grey Cup).

"The award is not really a consolation prize for it, but hopefully you can walk away with a piece of hardware.

"I'm excited about it. I want to win. It's the competitive nature in anybody. If your name's associated with something, you should have a desire to win. I know it's not in my control, but it would be great to win."

Prefontaine said he feels awkward being at the Grey Cup after losing the opportunity to play for it last Sunday.

"Being nominated and representing the East is definitely an honour in my mind, but did I really want to come to Vancouver under these circumstances? Absolutely not," Prefontaine said.

"If I had my choice I definitely would have stayed home after what happened last Sunday."

Allen will have some family members in attendance, including his older brothers Marcus, the National Football League Hall of Fame running back.


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