There are some things you just can’t make up.
Argonauts defensive tackle Adriano Belli, who never met an outrageous scene he didn’t like, pulled into Erindale on Saturday driving a white Corvette convertible, and when he stepped out, was wearing a pair of short shorts.
Consider the Argos’ 2010 training camp officially open, even if veterans aren’t on the field until Sunday morning.
“I’ve had that car since I was in high school,” Belli said after planting a few kisses on those who awaited his arrival. “Got it from an old Italian uncle. I’m getting too fat for it now.”
Perhaps, but Belli has no desire to slow down this season. The 32-year-old Toronto native is heading into his fourth year with the Argos, but will have to wait an extra week before his regular season starts. Belli was suspended by the league during the winter for the first game after he went into the Montreal Alouettes’ locker room prior to the 2009 finale to have a few words with some Als players.
Belli, who has had trouble keeping his emotions grounded, has been taking anger-management classes.
“I think we have it worked out,” Belli said. “There’s still some fine-tuning.
“It’s a fine line. Teams have brought me in because I am that guy, and at the same time they reprimand me because I am that guy.”
In Belli’s mind, the Argos have every right to think they can get back to the playoffs after winning just seven games the past two years.
“You’re damn right,” Belli said. “This is the CFL. You can go from worst to first in a matter of a year. Things happen fast. That’s what is beautiful and fun about this league.
“Last year, the players we had on the field were just as good as anybody. But that one key is the quarterback. It’s so important.
“And we have a head coach (Jim Barker) who has been around this league and knows the players that should be on the field.”