Foley's ejection 'embarrassing'
By Frank Zicarelli, QMI Agency
|Argos head coach Jim Barker was not pleased with Ricky Foley (left) who was ejected in Saturday night's game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. (Dave Abel/QMI Agency Files)
TORONTO - The frustration got the better of Ricky Foley, who plays on the edge and minces no words.
Cory Boyd’s body language tells a story of a featured running back who is upset at not getting enough touches out of the backfield.
With so much under the microscope and with so much change looming on the horizon, Jim Barker must make sure his team keeps a lid on itself when personal agendas can easily undermine the Argos.
When it comes to Saturday’s ejection of Foley, Barker pulled no punches after his defensive end threw a punch at Ticats lineman Belton Johnson when the left tackle leg whipped Foley on a screen pass.
“It was embarrassing to our football club,’’ Barker said. “It was embarrassing to every player in there (locker room). I don’t care what a guy does to you. He (Foley) said he (Johnson) leg whipped him and that’s a dangerous play.
“But you have to leave it to the officials to make that call. We talk about selfish penalties and we haven’t taken many of them and we can’t be taking any more of them.”
Barker has no doubts the Argos will be competitive and will continue to play hard, within the rules that is, now that their season is all but over.
“We’re professional football players,’’ Jeff Johnson said. “The whole idea behind the game is to dominate the person in front of you.
“If that’s not the feeling you have, then you shouldn’t be playing this game anymore. You have to give it your all and finish strong.”