Kelly likely to get earful in Steeltown over spying spat

KIRK PENTON

, Last Updated: 5:39 AM ET

Spygate or Bombergate or whatever you want to call it was the talk of the CFL yesterday -- except, of course, in the one place where they're not too fond of chatting about it.

Winnipeg's PR representative spoke before Mike Kelly yesterday, saying members of the media were there with an "agenda" and that the head coach would not be talking about the incident in which his part-time scout, Ron Trentini, got pinched charting Tiger-Cat plays at Hamilton's Ivor Wynne Stadium on Tuesday.

The media, noticing the scowl on Kelly's face, obliged, not wanting a repeat of Wednesday's scrum that ended with the rookie boss storming away without answering a single question.

The media is unlikely to be so kind today in Hamilton when Kelly has to face the music once again, this time during his pre-game press conference.

Kelly is getting roasted on Ticat fan websites, and other CFL coaches are, in general terms, taking pokes at the man who doesn't care what anyone thinks, which works out well.

Here is what a handful of CFL coaches had to say about the matter in the last 48 hours:

- Argos head coach Bart Andrus: "It's unprofessional. It's something from a coach's standpoint that you kind of have a gentleman's agreement throughout the league that we'll do this by the rules and we're not going to take the time or go to the expense of doing something like that."

- Lions GM and head coach Wally Buono: "What will the league do about it? I don't know. Call up the league and ask them. All I know is, I don't do it."

- Eskimos head coach Richie Hall: "I want to be successful as a football team, but I want us to do it the right way. There is doing it the right way and doing it at all costs."

Kelly knows he's going to hear it from the Ticat faithful, but he has much respect for Steeltown football fans.

"My very first regular-season game in this league was in Hamilton, and it went to overtime," Kelly said. "From that day on it's always been a fun place to go play.

"I obviously have a great affection for hard-nosed, eastern coast people, and we're looking forward to the gracious fans of Hamilton welcoming us into their fine city."

INJURY SCARE: Linebacker Siddeeq Shabazz, the CFL's reigning defensive player of the week, and receiver Adarius Bowman didn't practise yesterday, but Kelly said they'll play tomorrow against the Ticats.

"They practised very well (Wednesday), and it's just a little inflammation," Kelly said. "So no big deal."

NO TYRONE: Dorian Smith is expected to get the start at defensive tackle over Tyrone Williams tomorrow night.

Kelly, when asked if Williams' hip and knee problems had flared up, hinted that it is a coach's decision.

"It might be Dorian Smith flaring up," Kelly said. "He's been a very active player for us. We're very pleased with the way our front seven have been playing."

Smith is soft spoken, but his actions speak loudly.

"We all can't have voices like Barry White," Kelly said. "He's a very nice young man that really enjoys the violence that happens in the pits there in a football game. Sometimes you better watch those guys that speak quietly."

NAMESAKE TRAGEDY: Alexis Serna never met boxer Alexis Arguello, but since he was named after him, he took notice of Arguello's recent death.

"When you're named after somebody, you have a little connection," Serna said. "So it was a little tough hearing that."

Serna's dad was a big boxing fan, and named his son after the former world champ.

Arguello's death, July 1, has been ruled a suicide.


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