July 12, 2012
Argos offence just getting started
By BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency
TORONTO - The football paparazzi may be all a-Twitter over the Argos’ offensive fireworks last weekend versus Calgary.
But Ricky Ray and Co., will have to do a whole lot more to impress Scott Milanovich.
The head coach scoffed at their efforts in Wednesday’s practice, noting there is plenty of room for improvement despite one 39-point success story over the Stamps.
“We’ll contiue to grow. We’ll add things this week,” he said. “Our biggest concern is that we have not arrived on offence and there’s too much talk about that going on right now.”
There were more balls on the ground Wednesday than usual. Dontrelle Inman and Jason Barnes both had balls go off their hands.
“We had a solid game but it could’ve been better and our guys need to get back to work,” cautioned Milanovich.
With the Argonauts going in to Ivor Wynne to face the winless Tiger-Cats on Saturday, a letdown down could prove costly on the scoreboard and embarrassing for the ego.
“Our defence dominated the practice today,” Milanovich said. “Our offence needs to take that to heart. They need to come out here and practice and execute every day. They can’t just expect to come out and do it on game day.”
RUGBY VISITORS CAPTIVATED
Some Toronto sports fans wouldn’t cross town to watch the Argonauts.
The Welbeck College rugby team crossed an ocean to take a look.
The team of 16- and 17-year-olds from Loughborough, England, watched with keen interest from the stands at practice Wednesday. “I think mostly they’re struck by the athleticism and the size of the players,” said their coach, Paul Walsh, who brought the team to Canada for a tour against high school teams from Lindsay, Uxbridge, Barrie, Mississauga and the Ontario provincial team.
But Walsh also has a personal connection with the Argos. He spent the 2000-01 season as a guest coach of the Uxbridge High School rugby team where one of his best players was Argos lineman Jeff Keeping.
“He would have been a great rugby player and if he’d stayed with it. He’d have had numerous caps for Canada and probably been to a couple of World Cups by now,” said Walsh. “But there’s no money in rugby in Canada so he made the right choice.”
Keeping said Walsh tried to convince him to come to play in Europe. Instead, he decided to concentrate on university “and I just ended up with football. But I loved rugby...the physicallity really helped me in football.”
After practice, Keeping spoke with the visiting students, who will be attending the Argos game Saturday at Ivor Wynne.
“I’m not sure how they’ll do trying to cheer for the Argos in Hamilton with the fans there,” said Keeping, laughing. “But they pointed out that they’re used to English football fans, so they figure they’ll be all right.”
STRANGE WAY TO GET NOTICED
Ken-Yon Rambo was at the Argonauts practice Wednesday.
He just wasn’t on the business side of the sidelines.
Rambo, the former star receiver for the Stampeders, stood on the spectators side of the practice field and spent the morning cajoling, heckling and joking with Argonauts players.
It will do nothing but fuel one of the worst-kept secrets in the league; namely that if he can get healthy he will eventually join the club.
Rambo, who has been slowed by tendinitis in his Achilles, was released June 23 by Calgary. But he said Wednesday he has just started running again on his own. And, he was in high spirits, joking with several media members when approached: “I’m nervous now with you guys coming over and making me front page,” he said.
Rambo is a free agent and can be signed by any CFL club.
He played seven seasons in Calgary and led the CFL in 2008 with 1,473 yards on 100 catches. He has been slowed by knee and Achilles issues but still managed 72 catches in 2010.