Rambo unlikely to suit up for Grey Cup against Stamps
Longtime Calgary star has been sidelined by Achilles issues
The Toronto Argo with arguably the most to prove against his former team likely won’t be getting that chance on Sunday afternoon.
Veteran receiver Ken-Yon Rambo, who was cut at the end of training camp in June after seven seasons with the Stamps, confirmed on Wednesday that he’s a long-shot to suit up for the Argos in Sunday’s 100th Grey Cup.
Rambo, 34, played five games with the Argos, making 10 catches for 124 yards, but is currently on the Argos injured list after being a healthy scratch in games down the stretch.
“I could play; I feel like I could,” said Rambo on Wednesday. “I’m the oldest receiver on the team and I’m trying to help out any way I can. But it’s going to kill me. But it is what it is. You have to cheer your boys on and help in any way possible.”
Rambo has been plagued by Achilles tendon issues for a couple seasons now, but he is firm that he still has plenty to offer to the Argos or any other team willing to take a chance on him.
“I feel like people are trying to make conclusions for me,” he said. “I know what I’m capable of, I know what I can do and I feel great. I just had to get this Achilles right. I’ve done everything I can, I’m a hard worker in the off-season, but unfortunate things like this happen to athletes. I’ll probably change up some training, and I’ll figure it out.”
ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM
There was an uncomfortable subtext to Wednesday’s otherwise good-natured annual Grey Cup coaches news conference at the Fairmont Royal York.
It goes back to the week after last year’s Grey Cup when Chris Jones suddenly quit as the Stampeders’ defensive co-ordinator and was hired by the Argos, who were about to name Jones’s longtime friend Scott Milanovich as their head coach.
The Stampeders were, justifiably, upset at the Argos not having sought their permission to speak with Jones and Stamps coach and GM John Hufnagel filed a tampering complaint with the CFL, which fined the Argos $5,000 for the transgression.
And, yes, it was brought up on Wednesday.
“I’ve talked to Coach Hufnagel about this,” said Milanovich. “I wish it would have happened differently, but it originated as Chris calling me to congratulate me and it turned into more than that. I could have handled it better with regards to the Stampeders and Coach Hufnagel.”
Hufnagel, meanwhile, wasn’t interested in dredging up ancient history.
“That’s yesterday’s news,” he said. “I thought we were talking about the 100th Grey Cup. Move on.”
ANNUAL SEX QUESTION
It’s annual tradition at the coaches news conference that the two bench bosses are asked for their attitudes toward players, uh, getting busy, ahem, with the opposite sex during Grey Cup week.
Their respective takes, for the record:
Milanovich: “I have two young daughters at home right now and are probably watching this press conference, so my take on it is going to be: I believe in abstinence.”
Hufnagel: “A quarter of the way through the season when we had a revolving-door lineup, we had the motto, ‘No excuses. Just results.’ When the playoffs started, our motto became, ‘Don’t do your best. Do whatever it takes.’ Hopefully that answers your question.”
ARGO DOESN'T WANT THE HORSE
It’s still not known whether there will be a Stampeder touchdown horse at the Rogers Centre on Sunday, but as far as Argos defensive end Ricky Foley is concerned, the answer is pretty simple: not a chance.
“I mean, if it was being played in Calgary, they wouldn’t be letting us take our boat up and down the sidelines,” he said. “You have to have a little bit of an advantage playing the game in Toronto. It would be weird to have the Stampeder horse running up and down the sidelines. I think that’s crazy. If the CFL’s in charge and they want to do it, fine. I guess we just have to stop them from scoring touchdowns. But c’mon, be realistic. It doesn’t make any sense.”
CORNISH WOULD THANK PARENTS FIRST
A few weeks ago, Stamps running back Jon Cornish said the first person he’d thank if he wins an award on Thursday at the CFL Gibson’s Finest Outstanding Player Awards was Stamps running backs coach Brent Monson.
On Wednesday, though, he was backtracking.
“That’s not true any more. That was his shoutout,” said Cornish. “The first people I will thank are my mom and my father for my genetic code. I think not enough credit is given to that genetic aspect and I really want to highlight that. So many people think, ‘Oh, yeah, I did all this work.’ I’m the first to admit I was given this. So I’d like to thank the people who gave me it.”
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