MONTREAL -- Tempers flared on the field more than once during the 29-26 win by the Montreal Alouettes over the Argonauts last night.
The game featured a season-high 11 major fouls and two ejections for objectionable conduct.
But Argos coach Pinball Clemons said his players were only defending themselves against a highly aggressive Alouettes squad.
"My players knew there would be a high intensity out there," Clemons said. "And I told them they would have to answer it with an intensity of their own."
Clemons said that football is a physical game and emotions run high -- especially in a game that is the back end of a home-and-home series.
"Montreal dominated us at home (last week)," he said. "I wanted our team to stand up and be counted and I think they did."
NOT THE WAY
Not all of the Argos, however, felt that personal fouls were the way to get even.
"We are all professional football players," defensive lineman Adriano Belli said. "We have to learn to make our hits, get up and forget about retaliation."
The 6-foot-5, 290 pounder said violence is part of the game, but it has to stop the moment the whistle blows.
"I like to hit people across the head as much as anybody on a play," said Belli. "But when it's over, it should be over."
Belli, by the way, was penalized 15 yards for a pulled-up, but nonetheless late, hit on Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo late in the fourth quarter.
Belli said that all of the players should remember that their livelihoods depend on keeping the mayhem within the rules.
"We all work in this league and we all are part of the CFL brotherhood," he said. "So let's just get along."