Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Damon Allen: The Man To Start

First off, I refuse to write anything about the end of Mr. and Mrs. Federline. Totally not worth my time and energy. Instead, I'm going to write about something more important: the CFL playoffs.

The Argonauts will face the Montreal Alouettes for the Eastern Division title. Pinball has announced that Damon Allen will be the starting Quarterback. I feel that this is the right call to make.

For those that don't know, Allen started Sunday's playoff match against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Down 27-17, late in the 4th quarter, Allen (who was not performing well) was replaced for back-up QB, Michael Bishop. Bishop came in and threw two clutch TD passes, leading the Argos to a 31-27 victory. Immediately the question arose as to who will start this Sunday's match against Montreal, Allen or Bishop.

Damon Allen is the man you want to have out there. He's experienced and will not crack under pressure in front of close to 50,000 Alouette fans at the Olympic Stadium. I'm not saying that Bishop would crack. It's just that Allen has been through this situation many times before.

If I had to make the decision, I would have chosen Allen because I believe in second chances. Just because you mess up something, doesn't mean you should never do that "something" again. The best way to learn from your mistakes is if you try again and avoid the errors you made. That goes for anyone, whether you're a teacher, accountant or, in the case of Damon Allen, a 20-year CFL veteran. Having said that, you do have to set a limit in case Allen plays the same way he did against Winnipeg.

What I would do is start Allen and evaluate his performance at the end of every quarter. If he's playing well, you leave him in. If he's not playing well, you put Bishop in.

We'll see what transpires this Sunday.

The Hek

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Anonymous said...

Hope the job search goes well.


The Hek said...

Thank you, I hope so too.

Teena said...

Alas, Toronto lost today :(

The Hek said...


You ain't kidding.

It's tough b/c my family is from Montreal and they're all Alouette fans. My own Aunt labeled me a traitor because I was cheering for the Argos.

PS: Bishop should have started the second half.