James' First Argos Game

argosThis game had nothing to do with the final score. It honestly didn't matter. This was James' first football game and the first time Ricky Williams touched the ball in a game as a Toronto Argonaut.

Williams only played one quarter and didn't have a single solid rush, but being there for his Argo debut was something special. The last Argo game I attended was Pinball's last game as a player so it's fitting I return to witness Williams' first. As games go, it was a dog with fleas, but that didn't matter. The real fun began after the game concluded.

Fans are invited onto the field after all home Argonaut games. James and I waited patiently for the go ahead and ran that field like we had just won the Grey Cup. James was literally rolling around on the turf as I snapped picture after picture. Soon, the players began taking the field to meet and greet fans and sign autographs. I said hi to Eric Crouch and others while keeping a look out for #27.

I honestly didn't think he'd come out to meet us, assuming he was too popular and it might be a security risk or something. Then, he appeared. Ricky Williams began making his way along the barricade signing everything presented to him. I stood six feet away from him for ten minutes, holding James and just taking in everything Williams' said and did. He was totally patient and way nicer than he had to be, and then I found myself side by side with him looking him in the eye. I wasn't even thinking about getting an autograph, I just wanted to snap a picture of him and say hi. I ended up saying three words to him. "Welcome to Toronto".

It was surreal. I saw Ricky Williams' first play as an Argo, his first quarter of action and I got to meet him. At St. George station, way past his bedtime, James fell asleep in my arms and I carried him the rest of the way home. We just got in and I'm still buzzed. Tonight, the score didn't matter one iota. This was about something better.


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dale

Ricky seems to be true to his words about playing for the Argos. I've heard him on 2 radio stations (Fan 590 & Y108) the last few days & has a good outlook on his future here. A soft spoken man who has admits to making mistakes the past. Someone with no heart wouldn't have showed up after the game & signed autographs on the field. Good luck Ricky & help bring the cup back to T.O. Joe Theismann - RICKY & the ARGOS will prove you wrong.

dale

June 3, 2006 @ 3:42 PM

Al

Hey Mike,

It's sounds like you and your kid had an awesome time. Unfortunately I wasn't able to make the game on Friday, but I'm so looking forward to the home opener!

BTW, I was also at Pinballs final game. It was my first CFL game ever!

June 5, 2006 @ 1:51 PM

jon

very cool! i cant believe you got to meet Ricky. i hope i can make it to an Argos game.

April 10, 2007 @ 3:23 AM

Mike Boon

Getting to an Argos game is easy. Meeting Ricky there will be tough.

April 10, 2007 @ 8:42 AM

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