In Praise of Pinball
Win or lose, let's hope Pinball stays.
Not just in football, although having Michael Clemons part and parcel of the Toronto Argonauts seems good for the sport and good for that team.
But let's hope that no matter what, he stays in Toronto.
That notion came to mind last night while reading the bizarre story of the Minnesota Vikings and receiver Troy Williamson. Williamson, according to reports, missed last week's Vikings game against San Diego - a Vikings win - in order to attend the funeral of his maternal grandmother, who was instrumental in raising him as a child.
He helped arrange the funeral, and aided in arranging travel plans for several dozen of his relatives, some of who are apparently in the military. He's also been dealing for weeks with the serious illness of his brother, who was injured in a September car accident and has been slipping in and out of a coma ever since.
So how did the Vikings handle this very, very personal situation? They docked Williamson a game day pay - about $25,000 - for choosing his family over the team.
Maybe there's some circumstance here that will come to light eventually that will make the Vikings appear more humane.
But on the surface, what a bunch of creeps.
Which brings us back to Pinball. If anything, he's put his reputation on the line by bringing in some dubious characters mostly because he believes in second, third and fourth chances, if necessary.
If one of his receivers were to find themselves in a similar situation? Not only would the player be excused, Pinball would probably help arrange the funeral himself and possibly attend with other members of the team.
I guess when you read a story like this one about the Vikings, a franchise that has disgraced itself repeatedly in recent years, you understand that having a real man, a man who has his priorities straight, is an incredible treasure for GTA sporting scene.
Maybe this is Pinball's last season coaching the Argos.
But let's hope its not his last year as a leader in this city.