Mookie misses mark

LANCE HORNBY

, Last Updated: 8:55 AM ET

As a man who likes to see the best in people, Argonauts coach Michael (Pinball) Clemons knows it's as good to give as to receive.

But even he would have to lay down the law after nine interceptions last night. The Calgary Stampeders were awful in tossing five away in a 48-15 loss, but the Argos threw four balls away, two of them trying to get Derrell (Mookie) Mitchell the last 28 yards he needed for the franchise receiving record.

"We tried to do it for him -- to our dismay," Clemons said.

Quarterback Mike McMahon's last two attempts to find the Argos receiver, who still is learning the system after re-joining the team and then working all week with starting quarterback Michael Bishop, were nowhere in the vicinity. McMahon eventually took the knee to run out the clock.

"Once Mike and I get on the same page, we'll be fine," Mitchell said as he creeps closer to the 8,772 yards that former teammate Paul Masotti accumulated. "I wasn't ready for (a missed first-quarter) touchdown pass because (Bishop) really whipped it in there, but (McMahon) throws it differently, too."

At least the Rogers Centre crowd of 29,304 appreciated the attempt at crowd-pleasing, having plenty to cheer about as the Argos flirted with 50 points.

"To have a score like that, everything has to be working at once," defensive back Orlondo Steinauer said after his career-tying three interceptions. "We were clicking everywhere."

The Argos wanted to harry the Stamps as much as possible to take advantage of their short week.

"We've probably led the league in playing on four days rest the past few years, but we never had to do it on the road like Calgary had to this week," Clemons said.

"We did a lot right, but we also showed some lack of discipline."

On Sunday, the Stamps' problem was receivers dropping passes, but last night the ball was simply floating into Argo hands. The Stamps are now 0-7 in Toronto since 2000 and have lost 17 of their past 20 in Ontario, counting Toronto, Hamilton and the late Ottawa Renegades.


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