Ricky coasting along

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:13 AM ET

John Avery is supposed to be the comedian on the Toronto Argos, but Ricky Williams is actually better.

The former NFL superstar just keeps producing statements that are nothing short of comical.

"To me, coming up here for this time and getting paid for this, it's like a reward," Williams told a Toronto paper last week.

In reality, Williams has been practically stealing from the Argos.

He hasn't earned his $250,000 base salary.

The suspended NFLer hasn't even come close.

Not to be outdone, the president of the Argos chimed in with his feelings on Williams, issuing this beauty:

"His impact has been phenomenal," Keith Pelley said of Williams.

"If you talked to his teammates, he has been a fantastic teammate, a great role model for the youth and some of the younger players. He has made our locker-room better."

But on the field - where it matters - Williams has had very little impact.

And in the stands, he has had zero impact - failing to pack Rogers Centre or drive ticket sales on the road.

Paying the price ...

The Argos are now paying the price for foolishly firing offensive co-ordinator Kent Austin earlier this year.

Entering the playoffs, Damon Allen is a shell of his former self - and if Allen isn't firing on all cylinders, this team is in huge trouble.

In the last two regular-season games - both losses - Allen averaged 168 yards passing and less than a touchdown.

That is not how you want to enter the post-season.

In the last six games, he's averaging just one touchdown pass and a measly 182 yards through the air.

When Austin was on the sidelines last year, Allen had the best year of his career, throwing for over 5,000 yards to become the CFL's Most Outstanding Player.

In stunning fashion, Adam Rita and the Toronto brass canned Austin this summer when the team dropped to 2-5 .

But Austin was handcuffed with Spergon Wynn and Eric Crouch at quarterback. Allen was hurt in the first game of the year, leaving Austin with brutal options at the most important position on the field.

Finish lines ...

You have got to love the games within the game.

The Argo organization refused to allow the Montreal Alouette cheerleaders into Rogers Centre without paying for tickets last weekend.

And even with a paid ticket, they weren't allowed on the field or the sidelines to perform.


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