Foley: 'I hate their guts'
By Frank Zicarelli, QMI Agency
|Ricky Foley says he is fed up with getting shellacked by the Alouettes. (QMI Agency)
Ricky Foley has the utmost respect for the Alouettes, but any other opinion borders on disgust.
Whether it was during his time with B.C., or during his current run as an Argo, the defensive end has experienced winning at McGill Stadium.
When it comes to games played at Olympic Stadium, where kickoffs carry more weight given the game’s stage, Foley has experienced abject disappointment.
Luckily for Foley, Friday’s tussle is at quaint McGill, but two bitter setbacks at the Big Owe resonate.
“I just can’t stand Montreal,’’ the York product began. “I hate it. And I don’t know what it is. I respect that team a lot. Given all the success they’ve had in recent years, it’s natural for them to be confident, but I just hate them.
“I hate their guts. Obviously, if someone keeps beating you over and over again, enough is enough.”
Foley played on the last two teams that battled in Montreal with a berth in the Grey Cup on the line.
The combined score was 104-35, including last year’s 48-17 Als pasting of the Als.
LEARNING TO CUT IT CLOSE
There’s scant wiggle room when it comes to executing the waggle, one of the many oddities that helps make the CFL so unique.
With motion in any direction the rule of thumb, attacking the line of scrimmage with a full head of steam, when executed properly, puts a lot of pressure on opposing secondaries.
In last week’s loss at Winnipeg, Argos’ Andre Durie, a converted running back, was whistled for his first offside since his move to slotback.
Generally speaking, one yard is what officials normally allow for a slotback when crossing the line of scrimmage, but players with more established reputations than Durie are allowed more liberties.
The waggle, as Durie now fully appreciates, is an art form that requires the knowledge of many of football’s intricacies.
One of his early teachers was Arland Bruce III.
“When I watched Arland, you noticed how he’d use different angles along the line of scrimmage,’’ Durie said. “He didn’t go straight at the line of scrimmage.”
And as for last week’s five-yard penalty, it would later be discovered that Durie, in fact, didn’t cross that imaginary one-yard grace area.
“You don’t want to leave it up to the ref, so you want to stay behind the line.’’