Argos Jones thinks PinkRaising cancer awareness brings affected Boatmen together
By TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency
|Argos offensive guard Andrew Jones (64) lost his mother Luella to cancer when he was a child and his memories of her are few. But he will be thinking of his mom Sunday as the CFL brings awareness to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation with its Pink Game. (Stan Behal/QMI AGENCY)
Andrew Jones will play with a heavy heart on Sunday, but then, that’s nothing new for the Argonauts offensive lineman.
The 29-year-old Toronto native will wear pink in honour of his mother Luella during the Argos’ game against the Montreal Alouettes as the CFL brings awareness to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation with its annual Pink Game.
“I lost my mom to cancer when I was about five years old, so the Pink Game the last few years has always had a special meaning to me,” the 6-foot-3, 236-pound Jones said following practice on Thursday.
“We want to raise as much awareness and support for cancer research as possible.”
Of course, Jones is not the lone Argo whose life has been upended by the dreaded disease. Linebacker Brandon Isaac lost his mother, Sandra, to cervical cancer in May. The mother of receiver Jason Barnes, Ann, died in 2007 of lung cancer. And defensive tackle Kevin Huntley’s grandmother, Bertha, is a survivor of breast cancer.
“There are other guys on the team, and without (the Pink Game), I would never have known that,” Jones said. “That gives you another place to find support.
“On the field, we are all competitors. But once you get off the field, we are all (regular) people.”
Jones has some memories of his mother Luella, but considering he was so young when she passed away, they are few.
“(Her passing) forced my family to get a lot closer,” Jones said. “We all came together. My older sisters basically became my mom. They would always take care of me. Even with a huge loss like that, you have to find the good, and that is what I have done.”
A barbecue will take place outside Gate 11 at the Rogers Centre on Sunday, with proceeds benefiting the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Also, all proceeds from the 50/50 draw during the game will benefit the CBCF.
DRUBBING NOT A TOTAL LOSS
There was a bit of good that emanated from the Argonauts’ worst loss of the season.
“You point out the things that went wrong, and in a lot of cases, they are very easily corrected,” head coach Scott Milanovich said. “That gives coaches and players a sense of security. It is not major changes that need to be taking place.”
The Argos’ 36-10 fall at the feet of the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Thanksgiving Day represented their worse loss of the season. If the Argos don’t fix their game in all three phases against the Montreal Alouettes on Sunday, another big loss could be in the offing.
“The lesson is that everybody in this league is good enough to take you out and if you don’t play with consistency and do the little things, you are going to get beat,” Milanovich said. “I don’t know if it took (the Saskatchewan game) for us to understand that, but we certainly have to play better.”
LOOKING FOR A LEG UP
The matter of who will punt for the Argos on Sunday against the Montreal Alouettes remains up in the air.
But if head coach Scott Milanovich has to turn to backup linebacker Kyle Jones again, he will do it.
With Swayze Waters nursing a left thumb injury, Jones punted against the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Monday and was booting the ball during practice on Thursday. Waters has not relinquished his kicking duties.
Jones punted 12 times versus the Roughriders, averaging 40 yards.
“Kyle did a fine job,” Milanovich said. “It could be Kyle, it could be (Anthony) Alix, it could be Pre (Noel Prefontaine). Who knows? We will just see. Pre is probably a little bit ways away. We will let those guys compete like we did last week. We are not going to put two American kickers on the roster.”
Prefontaine, suffering from a hip injury, has not played since July 14.