He donned the two-tone blue of the enemy. While the legendary aura that seems to surround him in person remains, he is wearing another team’s colours, and it has Alouettes fans feeling a whole range of emotions.
They will now be forced to watch their all-time quarterback patrolling the sidelines as QB coach of the Toronto Argonauts, the defending Grey Cup champions who already have so many of our city’s former heroes. What’s one more for good measure, right?
In all seriousness, Calvillo spent three tumultuous seasons as a coach with the Alouettes organization, none of which were great offensive years or winning seasons. The ineptitude of the front office placed too many responsibilities on his shoulders early on and they clearly never let him develop slowly on the job.
So to see AC now land in Toronto is bittersweet. Don’t get me wrong, Montrealers will never feel anything other than love for Calvillo. They understand that he was in need of a change of scenery and that his former coach Marc Trestman can no doubt take his coaching skills to the next level. But it doesn’t mean we have to like what we are witnessing.
No longer will the city of Montreal have their quintessential Alouettes great at community events, representing the Als organization. It hurts doubly for foundations, schools and organizations that are already feeling the loss of Ky Hebert this offseason as well.
In a winter filled with more uncertainty (I mean, Josh Freeman? Really?) and lack of excitement, Alouettes fans now endure one more punch to the gut; seeing their icon with the wrong ‘A’ on his sweater. Oy.
Montreal wishes Anthony Calvillo well. We just don’t have to like it.
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