Argos look to keep pace with the Als atop the East

Kerry Joseph

It’s only the second week of the season, but there are countless storylines as the Double Blue prepare for to tackle Saskatchewan in their home opener tomorrow.

Are the Argonauts for real, or did they simply feast on a weak Hamilton team on Canada Day?

Will Offensive Player of the Week Jamal Robertson crack the 100-yard plateau again?

Will Arland Bruce deliver an encore?

Oh yeah, and Kerry Joseph is playing his former team. Almost forgot.

Joseph delivered the Grey Cup to Rider Nation in 2007, and was then traded to Toronto in a goodwill move by Saskatchewan after he had elected to take a substantial pay cut to stay in Regina. He couldn’t get a win in his return in week 5 amid cheering watermelon-wearing fans, and despite throwing a career-high five touchdown passes in last year’s season finale, the Argos fell after botching a fake punt after their final drive had stalled.

That was an interesting, yet understandable call by then-coach Don Matthews, what with the Argos having been eliminated from playoff contention. But that was then and this is now. Bart Andrus is the new captain of the ship, and has installed a better, brighter mindset since training camp. That was evident in his comment following last Wednesday’s win over the Tiger-Cats with regards to receiving his Gatorade shower.

“I would never want to do this job if I couldn’t have fun at it and I preach that to the players because I want them enjoying the game again. At some point when they were young they played this game because it was fun and went back the next day and played again because it was fun and we want to keep that part of it,” he said.

If the Argos can keep the momentum rolling, they’d be primed for this season’s best turnaround in the CFL, following a disastrous 4-14 campaign last year. Arland Bruce must be thrilled.

I’ll have updates throughout the game on Twitter (YYZsportsmedia) and postgame with reaction from the teams on TSM.

-Marc Tessier

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