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Ricky Williams. (SUN/Dave Abel)

Ricky Williams. (SUN/Dave Abel)

ERIC FRANCIS -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:40 PM ET

In the midst of a wide-ranging media scrum that confirmed Ricky Williams is indeed one of the biggest flakes outside of the New York Islanders' front office, the NFL drug-dodger said yesterday he doesn't watch TV, doesn't read newspapers, doesn't change diapers and doesn't care if he plays much tonight against Calgary.

"I'm a simple person," said the Miami Dolphins four-time drug-cheat, who returns to the Toronto Argos roster after eight weeks mending a broken forearm and Achilles tendon injury.

"If I wasn't playing football, I really wouldn't be doing anything. I've done absolutely nothing (the last two months)."

It's not hard to believe, given how unmotivated the

29-year-old Yoga instructor came across yesterday when told the coach planned on using him sparingly tonight.

"Sounds good to me," he shrugged.

Indeed, the toughest thing to figure out about the man who sent the Miami Dolphins franchise into a tailspin by abandoning the club in 2004 to "find himself" is how he won the Heisman as one of college football's greatest backs and then had four straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons in the NFL. A sampling of his ramblings yesterday gave the impression the admitted weed-smoker had already sampled the strong local bud:

- "People really think the game is about the game and it's not -- it's about us. And if we're on the same page, the game doesn't matter because nobody will be able to stop us."

- "I didn't come up here to play football, necessarily. I came here to work and have still been able to come in and be around the guys and still be a positive influence."

- "There's no advantage to evaluate competition. We're always trying to compare things. I think if you're able to live in the moment and just do your best in whatever you're doing, then everything has tons of value to it."

Diagnosed years back with social anxiety disorder that had him experimenting with Paxil and marijuana, it's entirely possibly the recluse is simply tired of offering insight to faceless media types. Fair enough.

Before his injuries, he was less than spectacular on the field, too, which could all change now that Damon Allen is running the offence again.

Still, coach Pinball Clemons admits the running back from the "second best football league in the world" will play second fiddle to Calgary's Joffrey Reynolds tonight.

"We don't think we can win, quite honestly, the matchup between Ricky and Joffrey where they are right now," said Clemons.

Some of the most startling numbers Williams has posted revolve around fathering four kids. Yet, the free spirit doesn't do diapers in his vast amounts of spare time.

"I had one experience and it was enough," he chuckled. "It takes me too long and she doesn't like that."

So, what does he do?

"To me, it's a waste of time to watch television," said Williams before being asked if he followed his old club.

"Again, it's just a waste of time to even look at newspapers. There are so many other problems than looking at other people's problems.

"I know (the Dolphins) are 0-2 but 0-2 doesn't mean anything."

Nothing seems to mean anything to Williams, who was unable to pinpoint the highlight of his Canadian stay.

"Every day is my best experience," he said.

"There's not one day that's better than the rest. When you say something is better or worse, you're trying to compare something and

I have nothing to compare it to."

Nothing to say or do either, apparently.

Except be dopey.

And he's damn good at that.


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