Pinball OK with Stamps' trickery

MIKE GANTER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:07 AM ET

CALGARY -- Mike Clemons said it's not his way, but he refused to be bothered by a late-game trick play that led to another Calgary touchdown with the game already out of reach in last night's 33-10 loss to the Stampeders.

The play in question came with 2:04 left in the game and the Stampeders comfortably in front 26-3.

A Stampeders drive stalled on the Toronto 39-yard line and Sandro D'Angelis came on for the field goal. Holder Brock Ralph pulled the ball back however and pitched to a sprinting Trey Young who galloped the 39 yards for a meaningless score.

Some might take this as rubbing salt in the wounds.

Others might consider it payback for the 48-15 shellacking the Argos laid on the Stamps at the Rogers Centre last Thursday.

Argos defensive lineman Riall Johnson didn't appear to like the call too much as he turned to Calgary's bench at the conclusion of the play and mockingly applauded his victorious opponent.

Clemons refused to make it an issue.

"For me, I never concern myself with another team trying to win," he said.

"You don't take that personally. I'm not going to ask a team to lay down.

"Let them play. For me in my own repertoire if I'm up by 20, I'm going to keep that play in my drawer but (Calgary head coach Tom Higgins) decided he wanted to try it there.

"It could have been the special teams coach who made that decision. But even if he did, it really doesn't matter."

Clemons said Higgins may have even been thinking of his job when he made the call.

"I think this was a very important game for him given the temperament around here," the Argos coach said.

"Maybe it even had career ramifications and part of that may have been putting an exclamation mark on the game.

"You never look at the other side. If you have a problem with it, stop them."


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