TD scorers won't be paddling anymore

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:34 AM ET

If the Argos row the boat again, they’ll be up the creek without a paddle.

One of the few things that brought a frown to head coach Jim Barker during a 37-22 victory against the Montreal Alouettes was the touchdown celebration led by Chad Owens that came after Owens’ 40-yard reception in the fourth quarter.

Owens and several of his teammates sat on the field in the end zone and pretended to paddle a canoe.

It’s the mandate of the humourless CFL to not allow such displays of character and Owens got a 10-yard penalty for excessive celebrating. Grant Shaw then missed the convert.

“That’s not us and I don’t think you will ever see it happen again,” Barker said. “That shocked me. They might have been doing it in (Jeremaine Copeland’s) honour because Cope was the one who originally did it. That’s not what we do.”

Owens wasn’t trying to show anyone up. It was an homage to Copeland, who had choreographed it.

“It was just one of those things,” Owens said. “I got penalized, I hurt the team, but you are in the moment. You are out here to enjoy yourself and the game and that is all I was doing. I was trying to get back to Hawaii (his home state), but I hit some current, hit some waves.”


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