Ricky will be so fine for Argos

JODY VANCE -- 24 Hours Toronto

, Last Updated: 8:24 AM ET

Just two hours after star running back Ricky Williams failed his fourth NFL drug test, Argos assistant GM Greg Mohns, with approval of Toronto GM Adam Rita, placed the newly suspended Dolphin on the Argos 35-man negotiation list, beating their archrival Alouettes by mere minutes.

Now Williams is officially a member of the double blue.

As a result, the biggest Argo fan I know, Don Landry of the FAN 590, is doing his very own brand of end zone dance.

Landry's true passion is CFL football.

Don gushed when I asked for his thoughts on the signing of RW.

"The guy's a force of nature on a football field. NFL linebackers had trouble corralling him. How will CFL teams ... with generally smaller, pass-coverage linebacker types deal?

"And even if they key on Ricky, the Argos have a dazzling array of receivers to take advantage. This offense could be something very, very special."

Don, echoing the thoughts of CFL brass across the country, adds: "And if signing him can attract a few butts that normally wouldn't be in the seats, cheers to that."

In an impromptu unofficial poll (mostly comprised of my non-sports fan friends) I was surprised that it was unanimous -- 100 per cent said they would buy a ticket to an Argos game this season just to see Williams play.

(I should tell you that all of those polled had either not been to a game in five years or had never attended a game, period.)

In the words of Martha Stewart, this is a very good thing.

On the Jumbotron at Rogers Centre Sunday, fans got their first look at the once dreadlocked and shaggy bearded star who now looks a lot more like Pinball Clemons in his playing days than a Rastafarian.

Ricky will be wearing No. 27. In Miami it was No. 34. He's already being screwed by the exchange rate. At least it wasn't three years ago. He could have been wearing 17.

Jody Vance is a longtime television sportscaster and personality living in Toronto. Her column appears Tuesdays and Thursdays in 24 hours.


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