Williams a delight

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:46 AM ET

The allure of the NFL's most famous former dope-smoker drew a total of 26,524 curious fans to Canad Inns Stadium.

And Toronto Argonauts tailback Ricky Williams didn't disappoint. At least he did not disappoint the hometown crowd that relished his lack of success as the Blue Bombers beat the Boatmen 16-9.

Playing in only his second regular CFL match, Williams rushed for a grand total of 14 yards on eight carries and had another yard on his only pass reception.

The Argos, of course, were allowed to sign Williams by the Miami Dolphins was he is under NFL suspension and will play one season in Canada before returning to the Dolphins. And never before has so much attention been given to a back who accomplished so little in a CFL game.

"It was nice," said Bomber defensive tackle Doug Brown, who held Williams to a two-yard gain. "I got to get a little taste of him early in the first part of the game so, we let him know it was going to be a long night and really, we just ran to the ball. He didn't have much to work with. It was a tough position for him to be in and we were lucky to execute the way we did."

Williams, 29, did not register a gain of more than four yards until the fourth quarter when he had an 11-yard burst on first-and-long. Later in the fourth, Williams gained the yard on a pass reception. And that was after he barely managed to avoid two would-be Bomber tacklers in the backfield.

"It's a chance to learn and get better," said Williams. "It's a matter of seeing what they were doing and we've got to find a way to counter it. They just didn't allow us to get into any kind of rhythm."

Williams was well aware of the hype surrounding him last night.

"We know they lost (to Montreal) last week and this was their home-opener and against me," said the 5-foot-11, 220-pound Californian. "And they brought it up another level.

"And you can't give up six sacks and expect to win."

The Bombers had actually held Williams to only five yards on five rushes in the opening 30 minutes, much to the delight of the partisan crowd.

"It feels pretty good but the difference between the NFL and the CFL is that I have to see him two more times," said Bombers defensive tackle Ron Warner. "If we can keep doing that every week, we'll be right here in November 19 (Grey Cup) and having a good time."


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