Friesen and Kelly: No hard feelings

PAUL FRIESEN

, Last Updated: 9:09 AM ET

They butted heads for a full year, the columnist and the head coach, producing some of the more memorable moments and stories from the 2009 football season.

Here is the last exchange between the Sun's Paul Friesen and Professor Mike Kelly, fired coach of the Blue Bombers.

It took place via e-mail on Wednesday night, the night before Kelly was arrested on domestic assault charges.

FRIESEN: Hi coach, If I may be so bold, have you heard definitive word from the board whether or not you'll be back for another go-round with me in 2010? If you have, can we talk about it, either for attribution or not? Thanks. Friesen

KELLY: Paul I truly admire how you work at your craft but it's up to the board to make any type of announcement and after that has been completed, I'd be more than willing to speak with you...

FRIESEN: Given that my craft includes pestering when you don't get a satisfactory answer the first time, shall I infer from your first response that you will be speaking to me in your current position, after the board makes its announcement?

KELLY: Wordsmithing eh? Of all my "pesterers" your (sic) my favourite!

FRIESEN: And you're my favourite coach to write about. So, one last try: will I be writing about you in 2010?

KELLY: You'll probably be writing about me when I'm dead!

FRIESEN: That is a classic. Maybe I'll find a way to use that in a column!

KELLY: I'm here to make your life easier!

FRIESEN: Then give me just a tiny hint ... and I'll go away.

KELLY: You'll never go away! You're like a bad rash!

FRIESEN: As opposed to what, a good rash?

KELLY: Some day you'll actually write an artical (sic) that the professor is not really that bad of a sh--.

FRIESEN: You may very well be right. Believe it or not, I'm not opposed to doing just that.

KELLY: I've always known that and that's why people don't understand why I don't get irrate (sic) with you...

FRIESEN: I must give you credit for that (and you better destroy this e-mail after reading it). You always did seem to realize that I was just doing my job. By the way, I just heard from someone who should know that you've been directed to leave the offence to an experienced CFL coach, and to concentrate on being the head coach. With a little more media training, too (now that's a good idea). That sound about right?

KELLY: We are more alike than your readership can understand. We both want to be the best we can be at what we do and don't suffer fools well when they distract our task at hand. I consider you an old friend that is in a different position. It is what it is and I my hope is that you and (Bob) Irving and some of our fan base simply give me a "do over" cause the team isn't far away ... and maybe I did a few good things along the way that allowed us to play a game that meant something the last week of the season.

FRIESEN: Not that I said this exchange was off the record, but how about I use that last line?

KELLY: You're the pro...I'm just a rookie head coach that made a couple of mistakes...go ahead...

FRIESEN: Thanks. See you tomorrow?

KELLY: I'm in Philly trying to decompress...

FRIESEN: Say hello to Santa Claus.

KELLY: F--- him!


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