Allen shooting for Moon

Damon Allen chomps down on a cookie at Canad Inns Stadium in Winnipeg yesterday. The 4-5 Argos look...

Damon Allen chomps down on a cookie at Canad Inns Stadium in Winnipeg yesterday. The 4-5 Argos look to get back to the .500 level tonight against the Blue Bombers. (Winnipeg Sun/Chris Procaylo)

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:32 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- Common and statistical sense suggests that Damon Allen will have to wait at least another game to become the most prolific passer in pro football history.

But besides tossing the football, the Argos quarterback has learned another thing in his 22-year career -- you can throw all logic out the window when it comes to the CFL.

So just 442 yards shy of Warren Moon's landmark 70,553 career total, Allen figures tonight's pivotal CFL East battle against Winnipeg would be as good as any to get it done.

"I never go into a game thinking I can't," Allen said yesterday at Canad Inns Stadium where the 4-5 Argos will face their 5-4 hosts tonight. "Anything is possible in this league.

"If they blitz you early in the game and you get a couple of big ones, you are off to the races. Anything can happen."

The notion of Allen ringing up that much yardage in a battle for second in the division won't sit well with the Bombers. But in his previous visit to the Manitoba capital last season -- he was injured in their two prior meetings this season -- Allen did throw for 484 yards.

Add to the fact that the Argos offence finally is hitting its stride and there may be substance to such talk.

They enter tonight's contest riding a two-game win streak facing a hurting team that lost its previous two games.

Though Allen once again will wear a bandage on his throwing thumb, he has shown some of the flair that has carried him through his legendary career.

"I can remember how I felt when I was 43 years old -- I would never have expected to be playing professional football," Bombers coach Doug Berry said. "It's very impressive."

Ironically, one of Allen's biggest supporters, Argos coach Mike (Pinball) Clemons, doesn't think tonight would be the best time to pass former CFL and NFL star Moon.

The new gospel of the Argos offence has been balance and the coach continues to preach its benefits.

"It's always possible, but certainly not probable, especially against this defence," Clemons said. "We want to play a controlled game. I'm not sure that it would be a good thing for us if he broke the record (tonight) because we'd rather have better balance in our attack."

That balance has thrust the Argos back into the Eastern Division race and looking not just at merely making it to the post-season. Clemons talked of a win tonight being "our best opportunity to have a home playoff game."

The Bombers, meanwhile, have struggled with the injuries to quarterback Kevin Glenn (knee) and slotback Milt Stegall (ribs), who both will be out tonight.

Mike Quinn was miserable in place of Quinn in his first start, getting dinged in a 32-5 loss to the B.C. Lions.

The invigorated Argos defence will be in attack mode tonight after making mincemeat of the division-leading Montreal Alouettes in their last start, forcing six turnovers.

As for Allen, if he doesn't pass Moon tonight, he intends to obliterate the mark anyway.

"I'm 43 and look at the quarterback situation (in the league)," Allen said when asked how much longer he can play. "Try to tell me I can't play. Anybody who is going to tell me I can't I'm going to tell them I'm crazy. The Argos were willing to trade for a 40-year-old quarterback. You don't do things like that if the guy can't play any more."


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