No Grey, just the blues

STEVE SIMMONS

, Last Updated: 9:06 AM ET

This is a most uneasy time for the Toronto Argonauts.

Never mind the threat of the Buffalo Bills. The Argos have more immediate issues.

It's apparent Michael "Pinball" Clemons is stepping down as coach, even though he insists he hasn't decided that yet.

Ownership wants Clemons to replace Keith Pelley as president, even if Pinball's skill set doesn't fit the job description.

They believe Pinball would grow into the president's role. Whether the very active Clemons wants a desk job is another matter entirely.

With Clemons out as coach, Rich Stubler steps in. Can he and GM Adam Rita work together? And can Stubler and Rita's personnel man, Greg Mohns, get along, when they haven't necessarily been on the same page?

And what of offensive co-ordinator, Steve Buratto, coming off the worst offensive showing in the league? He's Rita's buddy, but is he Stubler's coach?

Lots of issues. For a team expected to play in the Grey Cup, and maybe win it at home, it will be a busy off-season.

THIS AND THAT

The deal between the Bills and Toronto NFL interests has yet to be signed or approved, but it is expected to be a five-year arrangement with eight games to be played at the Rogers Centre, including one regular-season tilt each season and one pre-season game for the first three years ... How good an athlete is Kerry Joseph? Good enough to try out at receiver for the Washington Redskins, play safety for the Seattle Seahawks, rush for 1,000 yards for the Ottawa Renegades and quarterback the Saskatchewan Roughriders to the Grey Cup game ... I picked Saskatchewan to win big, but there's something about this Ryan Dinwiddie kid that has me believing in him and the Bombers ... Unless the rules are changed, should the Bombers win, injured QB Kevin Glenn won't get his name on the trophy, which is just wrong ... Before returning to WWE, Chris Jericho was seen singing with a band at the fancy Maxim Grey Cup party at the CN Tower ... Party of the Week award goes to Argos owner David Cynamon, who brought Grey Cup decadence to new heights.

HEAR AND THERE

Leafs GM John Ferguson Jr. isn't shy about telling people he thinks CEO Richard Peddie misled him on a contract extension, but it's hard for Ferguson to claim much of anything with this team worse than his previous two and all kinds of rumours about the club searching frantically for his replacement ... With the NHL season past the quarter-pole, does anyone believe Vesa Toskala is a great goaltender? ... On any decent team, the likes of Hal Gill, Ian White, Staffan Kronwall and Andy Wozniewski would be sixth or seventh defencemen. For the Leafs, they're 3-4-5-and-6 ... Is it just me, or did you expect more from Sidney Crosby? ... This wasn't expected: Mike Richards has almost twice as many goals as Brad Richards.

SCENE AND HEARD

The front page of the New York Post on U.S. Tranksgiving featured a turkey with the head of Isiah Thomas on it. The headline read: "Stick a fork in Isiah ... He's done." We worry about the future of good guy Glen Grunwald, Thomas' assistant with the pathetic Knicks ... Considering the silly money going around for mediocre pitching and the talk Johan Santana will get in the six-year, $120-million range, the Jays signing of Roy Halladay for $10 million next season, $14.2 million in 2009 and $15.7 for 2010 seems downright economical ... The Rams may be one of the worst teams in the NFL, but they do have two Canadians starting: Brett Romberg at centre; O.J. Atogwe at safety.

AND ANOTHER THING

Someone voted for Frank Thomas as AL MVP. We need to know who and we need to know why ... Hard to doubt GM Bryan Colangelo when he says he likes what he sees from the Raptors, but I wonder what's he seeing that I'm not ... Why Bud Selig stays employed at an enormous salary: Despite his public bumblings, Selig recently announced that MLB revenue for this past season was $6.75 billion. That's not a typo ... Never mind the perfect New England Patriots: Brett Favre is the best reason to watch the NFL ... Kevin Eiben may have shot off his mouth, but he backed it up with his play. Many of his Argo teammates can't make similar claims ... And hey, whatever became of R. Jay Soward?


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