Argo stamps out kicker

DEAN MCNULTY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:09 AM ET

There is nothing like an old-fashion pushing match to kick-start a football game and that's what happened last night at the Rogers Centre between the Argonauts and the Calgary Stampeders.

With both teams warming up on the artificial turf before the opening whistle, Argos defensive end Jonathon Brown approached Calgary kicker Sandro DeAngelis and suggested he go practise at the other end of the field.

A few cross words later, the two began a pushing and shoving match that resulted in both benches coming over to the aid of their respective teammates.

"It all started last week," DeAngelis said. "He said a few things in Calgary and then he just carried on with it (last night)."

The Stampeders beat the Argos 39-18 in that game and much of the credit went to DeAngelis who kicked six field goals to lead his team to the victory.

Brown said he thought the Calgary kicker was "showing off" by practising his kicking near where the Argos defensive squad was warming up.

But Brown said in the end their was no harm, no foul to the incident.

"It was just some trash talking, that's it," Brown said.

"He's a quality kicker and I'm a quality defensive end. It's all just part of professional football."

DeAngelis said while tempers flared, he never thought it would go any further.

"There were a few shoves and some pushing," he said. "But after it was all over Jonathon came over and we both apologized to each other for what happened."

Brown viewed the incident as a catalyst for the Argos' play the rest of the game

Neither of the players was penalized.


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