Arland Bruce is a talented football player. This year, he led the Toronto Argonauts in receiving yards and touchdowns. Without him, the Argos probably would have lost to Winnipeg last week. He's a popular player and does his part in the community.
But yesterday, Arland Bruce did not use his head.
I'm not putting the blame on him for Toronto's loss to Montreal. It's just that his actions during and after yesterday's game, has left many fans shaking their heads.
In the third quarter, Damon Allen threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown. This one play turned out to be the most crucial moment in Montreal's victory. Bruce was on the field during this play. Instead of chasing the Montreal player - and there's no doubt that he would have caught up to the Alouette player, preventing the touchdown - Bruce ran towards Allen, screaming that he was open and should have had the pass thrown to him, instead of Andre Talbot, the intended receiver. When Bruce got back to the sidelines, Toronto linebacker Mike O'Shea berated him for being an idiot on the field. The two had to be separated by fellow teammates and coaches.
Then after the game, Bruce stated that the reason why the Argos lost, was because the referees are "racists" and take bribes. He went on to say that since Head Coach Michael Clemons is black, the refs made calls in favor of Montreal.
Needless to say, the Argonauts were not too thrilled about Bruce's comments. They have since fined him and distanced the team from his comments.
First off Arland, since when do you go yell at your quarterback while the opponents are in the process of scoring against your team. Did I mention this was a playoff game? The way I see it, when something goes wrong, you fix the problem and then discuss what went wrong. It's not the other way around. You're very lucky O'Shea didn't knock you out.
Second, the Argos didn't loose because your coach is black and the refs are racists. The Alouettes were simply the better team. Instead of accepting defeat, you make some cowardly excuse. Believe me, I'm pretty sure the CFL screens their refs. Be a man and apologize for your comments.
The faster you do this, the faster the fans will forgive you.
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