Belli planning to kick butt

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:54 AM ET

Adriano Belli has his friends on the Argos lineup, but the Montreal Alouettes defensive tackle isn't making a social call when he returns home today.

"We're coming down to the Rogers Centre to kick some (butt)," the outspoken Toronto native said. "Edmonton beat us up pretty good but we didn't show up for that game.

"We'll show up this time."

A season that began with such promise has been a wild ride for the reigning CFL East champions.

After seeming ready to run away with the division in the heat of the summer, the Alouettes have won just two of their past 10.

During that slide, coach Don Matthews retired because of health issues. He was replaced by general manager Jim Popp, who is attempting to right the ship in time for the post-season.

"It doesn't matter if you are coaching or if you are the general manager, if you win you feel great, if you lose you feel like crap," Popp said. "Two weeks ago we played phenomenal, last week we were terrible. That's pro sports."

The importance of the game today is not lost on the Als, who put on a disappointing show in front of a crowd of 45,000 last week at Olympic Stadium.

Though the bye issues no guarantees -- as the Argos found out in losing the East Final to Montreal last year -- it is a worthy perk.

"It's for first place, a week off and an easier trip to the Grey Cup," Popp said. "There are a lot of motivational factors.

"There is more than one way to get to the Grey Cup -- we see it almost every year. But why not take the easy way?"

BYE BYE, RICKY?

Should the Argos lose today, it likely will be running back Ricky Williams' final game in Toronto.

So what does the NFL star, who is almost certain to return to the Miami Dolphins next season, feel will be his lasting mark on Toronto football fans?

"It was never my goal to leave a mark on the league," Williams said. "My goal was to come up here and play football so my goal has been accomplished."


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