Argos irked

FRANK ZICARELLI -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:14 AM ET

Mike (Pinball) Clemons had concerns the moment the CFL implemented video reviews.

Clemons' fears and the consequences became hot-topic items in the wild aftermath of Friday's 26-19 loss in B.C. against the Lions.

The Argos overcame a 23-0 halftime deficit, emerged as the better team in the second half and had a chance to force extra time when Robert Baker's fumble at B.C.'s 15-yard line in the game's final minute ignited a controversy.

Clemons doesn't know if Baker's second-effort pass and run play was in fact a fumble, but the head coach was adamant officials should have reviewed it.

"My coaching staff went ballistic," Clemons said. "If you're not going to review that play we (CFL) should take it (video review) out altogether."

The CFL instituted video replay for the first time this season and already there's dissent among coaches and players, some of whom are oblivious to what is reviewable.

In the Baker case, any review had to be initiated by the off-field officials because it occurred in the game's final three minutes.

There was none and the whole sequence turned into a comedy routine with the Lions offence scrambling on to the field in hopes of running a play, with Argos running back Ricky Williams faking an injury in an attempt to stop the clock.

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The Argos didn't lose the game because of poor officiating or any confusion surrounding instant replay.

Clemons is the first to admit his team played too poorly in the game's opening 30 minutes to win.

The point he was trying to make was that incidents such as the Baker fumble raise red flags about instant replay and the credibility of the system.

"You have to look at that play," Clemons said. "Even if it (fumble) clearly happened, you still have to give them (on-field officials) a chance for a review ... You're going to have people lose faith in the system if you don't take a look at a play that close."

Baker wasn't about to comment after the game.

Earlier in the fourth quarter, Arland Bruce III appeared to have caught a touchdown pass. The official, though, ruled Bruce's foot landed out of bounds in the corner end zone.

Bruce claimed he didn't have a chance to keep his foot in the field of play because a Lions defensive back pushed the Argos receiver out of bounds. The Argos called for a review and the incompletion was uphelp.

Clemons was told the league's review policy does not include intent. What officials looked for was Bruce's foot, which clearly was out of bounds.

Overshadowed in the loss was Williams' first CFL touchdown, Spergon Wynn's ability to rally the Argos in the second half and Toronto's refusal to quit.


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