Tony Miles wouldn't mind burning the Argos' secondary tonight as much as he did the phone lines between Hamilton and Toronto during the past couple of weeks.
After five seasons in double blue, Miles left the Argos in February, heading down the QEW to sign with the Tiger-Cats, with whom he began his CFL career in 2002.
"I wanted to make a change and felt it was time for that," the receiver said yesterday during a telephone interview. "Now, I'll be competing against guys who I thought of as brothers. I just don't want to win, I want to dominate."
That might not happen. The Argos have owned the Ticats in recent years at home, going nine consecutive games since July of 2001, including pre-season and playoffs, without a loss. Overall, the Argos are 22-4-2 against Hamilton since 2002.
The 5-foot-9, 176-pound Miles has been in contact throughout training camp with several of his old Argos buddies including Arland Bruce, Chuck Winters and Orlondo Steinauer.
Miles won a Grey Cup with the Argos in 2004 and while he has become comfortable again in the Hamilton jersey, he couldn't break the off-field ties.
For the past 21/2 years, Miles, a native of Mart, Tex., has made Burlington his off-season home.
Miles and Winters spent a lot of time at each other's homes, but their communication tonight at the Rogers Centre and in two weeks when the Ticats are back for the Argos' regular-season home-opener will be much different. Winters, a defensive back, will be one of the guys Miles tries to leave grasping at air.
'READY FOR CHALLENGE'
As a group, the Argos had the No. 1-ranked defence in the CFL in 2007, and the majority of starters have returned.
"They're going to be tricky with some of the things they do on the back end," Miles said. "But I'm ready for the challenge."
Ditto for Winters, who sees defending against Miles as a good test in the pre-season finale for both teams.
Even though Miles might not be as quick as he once was, Winters will be on his toes.
"We know we are going to have our hands full with him, and we're going to have to beat him up as much as we can," Winters said.
"We talked about this day and when it was going to come. He's my boy, but when we get across the line, it's about business. I told him I'm going to try to take his head off, but we can hang out after the game."
As with the Argos, the Ticats' starters will see plenty of action tonight. Star running back Jesse Lumsden, who had shoulder surgery in December, will be in uniform for the first time since last September, when he suffered a torn left labrum against Winnipeg.