Allen alert to Colts' misstep

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 7:51 AM ET

Toronto Argonauts quarterback Damon Allen has seen a few quirky plays and crazy endings to football games in his 21-year pro career.

But even he shook his head over the game-changing play that led to Pittsburgh pivot Ben Roethlisberger's desperation tackle of Indianapolis fumble returner Nick Harper in the Steelers' upset victory over the Colts on Sunday.

"That was bad running," the 42-year-old CFL legend said. "(Harper) cut right back toward Roethlisberger and got himself tackled. If he stayed to the outside, he was gone for a touchdown."

Allen, who attended the London Sports Celebrity Dinner and Auction as a head table guest last night, currently resides in Oakville, the hometown of Colts kicker Mike Vanderjagt, and often plays weekly basketball with a group that includes Canadian sprint legend Donovan Bailey and, at times, Argos coach Mike (Pinball) Clemons.

"I'm right up there with Michael Jordan," Allen said with a laugh as former Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Orlando Hudson rolled his eyes.

Allen plans on continuing his made-for-TV Quarterback Challenge involving the top CFL pivots this year and didn't rule out moving the showdown to London. The event was held at Toronto's York University stadium last year.

"Is London a place where 5,000-10,000 people would come out to the stadium and watch it?" Allen said. "Then, it's a candidate."

Allen was honoured to attend the dinner with former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, who hastily revised his 2006 Super Bowl picks to Pittsburgh and Carolina.

Kelly foresees a day when his Bills will be back in the big game again.

"The Bills are heading in the right direction with the hiring of Marv Levy," Kelly said of his former coach.

"Age doesn't matter a lick in this instance. Marv works out and runs three or four times a week and is in better shape than a lot of 40- and 50-year-olds. He's absolutely the right guy for the job and he'll get them back on track."

Speaking of tracks, successful Canadian race car driver Ron Fellows hopes it won't be long before he sees the good ol' boys of NASCAR competing on a Maple Leaf track.

"I would say we could see a Busch Series event in Canada by 2007," he said. "It better happen soon because I don't know how many more years I'm going to keep doing this.

"The problem is we only have about a three-month period where it's possible and that falls in the meat of the American season."


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