Cookie reveals Argos' bizarre fortunes
By LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency
TORONTO - Jim Barker has a message for his team this week, even if the coach isn’t sure what it really portends.
With his Argonaust in a funk of 1-4, their worst start since 2002, Barker noticed an unopened fortune cookie on offensive co-ordinater Jaime Elizondo’s desk from his takeout meal.
“I picked it up and said ‘this fortune’s going to tell our future,’” Barker proclaimed to his staff. “I opened it up and it said something like: ‘Even a killer whale will die in the desert.’ Now what did that mean? I’d never seen a fortune cookie like that. You had to really think about that one.
“Now who opens that, but me this year? It’s the way it has been. But onward we go.”
Barker said “bizarre” was an understatement when considering the strange occurences that put the Argos to the Eastern Division basement.
“There have been crazy things happen that I’ve never seen in my career. It’s the way it goes, part of what you deal with. We can’t look back and change our record. All we can do is control how we’re going to practice today and how we’ll play Thursday.”
If the play of Toronto’s front four in Friday’s one-point loss in Edmonton was an indication, things are bound to turn soon. Kevin Huntley, Ronald Flemons, Ricky Foley and Claude Wroten caused the Esks fits all night.
“We finally put it together,” Huntley said. “It was a long five week where we had our ups and down as a defensive front. All of us play differently, we’re all good in our own way ,all of us have different styles. It was just a matter of time before we were able to communicate. We feel like we have a plan no and a way to carry it through the rest of the season.
“Whenever you lose, you want to get right back on the field. What better way than to face (Grey Cup champion) Montreal to get back on track.”