Truth hits Andrus in wallet

TERRY KOSHAN

, Last Updated: 3:57 AM ET

The Argonauts have been slapped by the Canadian Football League for, essentially, telling the truth.

Head coach Bart Andrus was fined $1,000 and linebacker Zeke Moreno an undisclosed amount for, the league said in a statement, "publicly disparaging CFL officiating."

Following a loss to the Edmonton on Friday, Moreno questioned "how much effort and time these officials put into scouting and watching film."

The next day, Andrus said, among other things, that "game to game, crew to crew, there isn't consistency. What is a penalty one week is not a penalty the next week."

Andrus stressed he was not using bad officiating as an excuse for the team's 3-13 record. But he's right. At best, officiating across the league has been inconsistent in 2009.

The Argos last night wouldn't comment on the fines. CFL director of officiating Tom Higgins could not be reached for comment.

Steve is relieved

Stephen Reaves has no idea when he might step on to the gridiron tomorrow night in Edmonton against the Eskimos, but at least he knows he is in Andrus' game plan.

Reaves, the Argos' third-string quarterback after Kerry Joseph and the injured Cody Pickett, has not taken a snap this season.

"It has been a long time coming," Reaves said. "I'm excited to finally get out there and show people what I can do. We'll see how the game goes. If we start rolling and start putting some points on the board, (Andrus) might hesitate. He has not told me specifically."

Briefly

Punter/kicker Justin Medlock might have an interesting night tomorrow, as long-snapper Steve Schmidt is injured and will not play. One of Etienne Legare or Moreno will fill in for Schmidt ... The Ticats added Brampton native Chris Kowalchuk, an offensive lineman, to their practice roster.

Following a loss to the Edmonton Eskimos on Friday, Moreno questioned "how much effort and time these officials put into scouting and watching film."

The next day, Andrus said, among other things, that "game to game, crew to crew, there isn't consistency. What is a penalty one week is not a penalty the next week."

Andrus stressed he was not using bad officiating as an excuse for the team's 3-13 record. But he's right. At best, officiating across the league has been inconsistent in 2009.

The Argos last night wouldn't comment on the fines. CFL director of officiating Tom Higgins could not be reached for comment.

Steve is relieved

Stephen Reaves has no idea when he might step on to the gridiron tomorrow night in Edmonton against the Eskimos, but at least he knows he is in Andrus' game plan.

Reaves, the Argos' third-string quarterback after Kerry Joseph and the injured Cody Pickett, has not taken a snap this season.

"It has been a long time coming," Reaves said. "I'm excited to finally get out there and show people what I can do. We'll see how the game goes. If we start rolling and start putting some points on the board, (Andrus) might hesitate. He has not told me specifically."

Briefly

Punter/kicker Justin Medlock might have an interesting night tomorrow, as long-snapper Steve Schmidt is injured and will not play. One of Etienne Legare or Moreno will fill in for Schmidt ... The Hamilton Tiger-Cats added Brampton native Chris Kowalchuk, an offensive lineman, to their practice roster.


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