VANCOUVER -- Argos receiver R. Jay Soward is not sorry he celebrated a touchdown by grabbing a bag of popcorn during Sunday's 33-17 loss to Montreal in the East final, but he apologized to Toronto football fans who were offended by it.
"At the game, people were saying that was the greatest celebration they've ever seen," Soward said yesterday. "I guess you're going to get both (opinions). You're going to get sour fans. We weren't supposed to lose that game, especially after the way we started. I expect people to point fingers at me and say maybe I got too excited, but I really don't see what that has to do with the football game, to tell you the truth.
"It was a very spontaneous thing and I apologize to the people of Toronto if they feel I took away our opportunity, but I was just making an atmosphere where people can enjoy the game and see something different."
After scoring a first-quarter touchdown against the Alouettes, Soward ran to a concession stand set up behind the end zone and grabbed a bag of popcorn and shared it with teammate Robert Baker. But the Argos, who led 13-0 at the time, came apart shortly thereafter, committing six turnovers en route to the loss.
Though Soward yesterday termed it spontaneous, he admitted after Sunday's game that he got the idea during warmup.
"I don't think I'm going to be known (as Popcorn Man) because we lost," Soward said of the nickname some fans have tagged him with. "If we won and were going to the Grey Cup, I wouldn't be able to stop doing interviews. But that's the thing about playing professional sports. Somebody has to lose and that day we lost. That day I decided to show my behind and that wasn't the day to do it."