Ricky amuses, confuses

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:00 AM ET

It was his first media scrum before his first regular-season game in the Canadian Football League and Ricky Williams provided some interesting responses.

On being excited for his first game: "If you get excited about the game, it takes away the energy level to play in the game."

On whether he's physically capable of running the ball 20 times a game after only three weeks of practice: "It seems like I wouldn't know how to answer that question until (today)."

How many times does he expect to handle the ball? "I have no idea. Usually the way it works is we go on the field and the coach calls the plays. If we get the ball we get the ball, if we don't, we don't. It's hard to tell. It's the first game, you don't know what they're going to try to take away from us.'

To what point do you feel you've come along in three weeks? "I have no idea. I have no clue."

Are you having fun up here? "Can you clarify the question?"

Are you having fun here playing football for the Argos? "I guess it depends on your definition of fun. When we use words we have definite definitions of what those words mean. That's what I've tried to clarify what you're saying by the word fun."

So what is your version of fun compared to mine?

"Fun is a word I really don't use in my vocabulary," he said.

"Are you enjoying yourself?"

"I'm enjoying myself a lot."

Are you satisfied with how the pre-season went?

"As far as satisfaction, pre-season and every day in itself is just a step. To say you're satisfied or not doesn't really help you that much. To say you're satisfied or not doesn't help you very much. I had a job to come in and get better on a daily basis and where I was able to get good enough to help us win. We'll find out (today)."

Are you enjoying life in Toronto?

"I'm not not enjoying life in Toronto. I'm not miserable. I'm here to play football and I don't have a car, a place to live, so I just kind of walk around my dorm room in circles."

Is it different approaching your first game in the CFL compared to the NFL? Is it any more special?

"To me, I don't try to put value on one day over the next day or one game over the next game. If you approach every day like it's the best day and your favourite day, then you'd get good results. But I think if you say one day is better than the next, it means that you're slacking."

Anything about the experience so far surprise you?

"Well, one thing I don't ever have expectations about is an experience, therefore it's very difficult to be surprised. It's hard to explain to people who haven't had this experience or don't feel it on the inside. To me, I have a different understanding of life than most people. I don't believe anything external is real in and of itself. It's all relative to how I'm feeling on the inside. If I take care of my inside, everything on the outside is really the same."

And how are you feeling on the inside?

"Fine. We all have the expectation that life is supposed to be perfect. That we're supposed to be happy all the time. I know that there are days that are easier, days that are more difficult. The fact that I'm never looking outside to justify the good day or the bad day, then I'm okay."


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