'Cats coach no ref rider

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:30 AM ET

If looks could kill, Hamilton Tiger-Cats head coach Ron Lancaster would have been taken into custody last night.

Particularly after a reporter asked him, following a frustrating 11-9 loss to the Argos, for his take on the officiating.

"My mother taught me, if you can't say something nice about somebody, don't say nothing," he said. "So we'll leave that alone."

Lancaster did have a legitimate beef with, at least, a few of the calls made against his team yesterday.

Two in the second quarter began the litany of frustration, starting with a Jason Maas pass to Brock Ralph for a touchdown that fell incomplete after an Argos defender appeared to have interfered. Hamilton had to settle for a field goal.

"It looked to me like the guy grabbed Brock," Maas said. "Had we got the call there, we're first and goal on the one. We don't get the call, and we kick the field goal. But that happens. They're not going to see everything."

On the second last play of the first half, Argos' Jeff Johnson went 15 yards before running out-of-bounds at the Hamilton 27 with one second left on the clock, setting up a Noel Prefontaine field goal. Many felt time had expired and that timekeeper stopped it too quickly.

In the second half, Argos receiver Tony Miles clearly jumped offside, then pulled in an Allen toss for a long gain.

And finally, in the fourth quarter, Ticats back Corey Holmes was stripped of the ball by Orlondo Steinauer, and Antonious Bonner recovered. The referee, however, ruled that Holmes was down before the fumble. The Argos challenged the call and were awarded the ball.

"Referees are part of the game," Argos coach Pinball Clemons said. "I'm one of the people who believe the referees do a better job than we give them credit for."


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