Of all the decisions the Toronto Argonauts have made this season, the one that raised the most eyebrows is the one that has produced the greatest results so far.
That was the unorthodox decision to not keep just one import kicker, throwing a century of Canadian football tradition out the window.
So when Eddie Johnson suffered a shoulder separation in the season opener, head coach Bart Andrus didn't look far to find a replacement. And that replacement has thus far been perfect on field goals.
Justin Medlock, who three weeks ago assumed he would make a living this summer carrying a golf bag for his girlfriend, hasn't missed in 10 tries after kicking four field goals in Friday's 19-5 win over Winnipeg. That's only six short of the team record, held by Noel Prefontaine.
Medlock is also providing the Argos with something they didn't have last year – deep kickoffs – and has been giving them solid if unspectacular punting.
While nobody is saying Medlock has a lock on the job, the former UCLA kicker is pleased with the way things have gone."It was definitely disappointing when the decision was made (to start Johnson), but when I got a shot I just said, `Hey, take advantage of it and do well for the team,' " Medlock said after Friday's game. "When you get a second chance, you have to make the most of it."
Good luck to Justin.