Argos await their foe

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 12:19 PM ET

To a man the Argos don't care which team wins tomorrow's East Division semi-final, although one player suggested the Canadian Football League might prefer the Montreal Alouettes.

The Als play host to the Saskatchewan Roughriders, who are crossing over from the West Division, at Olympic Stadium. The winner plays the Argos at the Rogers Centre a week tomorrow.

Veteran cornerback Adrion Smith yesterday surmised that the CFL might prefer a victory by the Als against the Roughriders to set up a final involving two teams from the East, thereby ensuring the Grey Cup will have a representative from each division. Additionally, Smith said a game between the Argos and Als, who have faced each other in the Eastern final the past three years, would be more appealing.

"That rivalry has been established and a game of great magnitude has been established, and I think it would be good for viewership and revenue for us and for the league," Smith said.

Offensive lineman Jude St. John said he's not sure who will win tomorrow's game. He was impressed with the Roughriders' victory last Saturday in B.C.

"If (Als quarterback Anthony Calvillo) is hot and on his game, Montreal will be tough to beat regardless of anything else," he said. "Saskatchewan has got a good all-around team."

Punter/place kicker Noel Prefontaine is pegging the Als to beat the Roughriders because of homefield advantage.

"Having played in the Eastern final the past three years and knowing how loud that place can get, it's a tough place to play," he said.

Return specialist Bashir Levingston said the way Saskatchewan's defence is playing it's capable of beating any team.

"If Saskatchewan can score 30-some point, they can win the Grey Cup," he said.

ARGOS NOTES

Levingston suffered a second-degree ankle sprain in the Argos' 27-17 loss to Ottawa a week ago but said he'll be physically okay to play in the division final ... Receiver R. Jay Soward had to leave the Ottawa game with what appeared to be a hamstring problem, but said it was a cramp brought on by dehydration ... Quarterback Damon Allen was voted the league's offensive player of the month for October ... The Argos have booked the band Theory Of A Deadman to play three songs at halftime of the Eastern final ... The Argos defence participated in a photo shoot for a poster last night at the Mississauga Courthouse. The poster will be sold at the Eastern final and proceeds will be earmarked for the team's Stop The Violence: We Are Toronto campaign ... The team will participate in a controlled scrimmage today at noon at their Erindale Campus training facility.


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