Closing out the unofficial first half…

Joseph and Andrus

As I’ve said many times, the CFL season doesn’t start until Labour Day. The doubleheader against your bitter rival at the unofficial halfway point is when contenders separate themselves from the pretenders. In the Argonauts’ case, two wins against Hamilton plus a win tomorrow night at home against Calgary could conceivably vault them ahead of the Tiger-Cats and right back into the playoff conversation.

But I digress.

Whereas teams that are getting thumped can take a knee and run out the clock at the end of a miserable first half of a game, a season is much different. Toronto, needless to say, must go into Labour Day on a high note, and snapping a three-game losing streak would certainly qualify. However, the Stampeders are the defending champions, and although they are struggling so far this season at 3-4, they see the same opportunity to beat up on a sub-500 team that Toronto does.

If you connect the dots, you see the Argos should win this game:

– Winnipeg shocked Calgary 42-30 early in the year.
– Toronto humiliated Winnipeg 19-5 two weeks later.
– Therefore Toronto will beat Calgary…

…but unfortunatly this isn’t NCAA football, where logic like that can determine national champions.

So what can the Argos do to get back into the win column? It seems trivial, but putting together four solid quarters of football would be a starting point. Two weeks ago against BC, the Argos had the Lions reeling, before BC won the fourth quarter 22-3 to escape with the win. A week prior, they seemed to leave their game plan at the Montreal airport as they were shut out 25-0 at Percival Molson Stadium. Before that, they forced seven Winnipeg turnovers, but were marred by three-and-outs en route to a one point loss.

Calgary is coming off a loss as gut-wrenching as any one of Toronto’s. After they took the lead in Edmonton with under a minute to play, Ricky Ray found a phone booth, morphed into Superman, and pulled of a miracle when he found Fred Stamps for a touchdown with under ten seconds left. So all things considered, Calgary might well be drawing Toronto at the right time.

Then again, Appalachian State beat Michigan.

-Marc Tessier

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