Beware of Argos!

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:19 AM ET

Someone wise once said: "It's not how you start, it is how you finish."

With that in mind, here are 10 key things to watch in the second half of the season.

10. IS THIS MILT STEGALL'S LAST STAND?

Scheduled to make a decision on retirement and inform the Winnipeg Blue Bombers before the end of the year, Stegall was on pace for a CFL record-breaking season (overall receiving yards in one year) at the age of 36 before he injured his ribs, missing the entire month so far.

9. WHAT ABOUT CASEY PRINTERS?

Failing to impress in pre-season action with the Kansas City Chiefs, Printers could be released. If that happens and he returns to the CFL, does he actually play for the Lions again?

Or - as speculated - is he traded to Toronto?

If that happens, the Lions could garner another impressive player to bolster their Grey Cup run and officially rid themselves of another potentially distracting quarterback debate.

8. RESUMPTION OF BOMBERS-ALS TURF WAR

The last time Winnipeg and Montreal met, Doug Berry and Greg Marshall lost their cool and flashed the middle finger toward the Montreal bench.

Apparently the Bombers were furious at the score being run up.

A shot at redemption arrives Sept. 24 when the teams meet for the first of two games in a six-day stretch.

7. WILL ANY TEAM SIGN ANTONIO WARREN?

Booted out of Vancouver this summer - likely because of subpar results this year, tension over a new contract and the emergence of Joe Smith - Warren has dropped off the map.

But he was fourth in the CFL last year in combined yards. Is a team one injury at running back away from calling?

6. WILL RICKY WILLIAMS RESURFACE IN TORONTO?

Williams's broken arm could be healed and ready for contact in a real game in early September. But there have been rumours for weeks that he might be told by the Miami Dolphins to sit out the rest of the CFL season to guard against another injury.

If he does return to the Toronto active roster, what happens to John Avery, who had 94 yards this weekend and is a proven stud on this circuit?

5. THE TORONTO ARGONAUTS

Regardless of the Williams factor, this is a club to keep an eye on.

Decimated by injuries in the first half - at one point down to their third-string QB and fourth-string RB - Toronto is returning to health.

With a veteran coaching staff, loads of talent on each side of the ball and a potentially soft schedule (Hamilton twice, Edmonton twice and Saskatchewan), the Argos could make a legitimate run at first in the East.

4. BARRON MILES CHASES CFL RECORD

With a stunning eight interceptions in the first 10 games, Miles is on pace for 14 this year. The single-season CFL record is 15 - Al Brenner, Hamilton, 1972.

3. JOHN GRACE IN CALGARY

The most outstanding defensive player in the league last year, Grace was benched for Calgary's last game and is clearly in a dogfight for his job. Hard to imagine - but it's reality with the Stampeders.

2. DANNY BARRETT IN SASKATCHEWAN

A rumour started to circulate Saturday night that the Saskatchewan Roughrider board of directors asked GM Roy Shivers to fire Barrett this past week. If that is the case, Shivers clearly made the right move by keeping Barrett. He's loved by his players and has clearly prepared his quarterbacks because third-stringer Rocky Butler came in stone cold and made Hamilton look completely foolish on Saturday.

The other rumour now floating in Riderville is that the 4-5 Riders have to be 6-6 by the middle of next month or the axe could then fall on the head coach.

1. THE STREAK

The Edmonton Eskimos have made the playoffs for 34 straight years - a professional sports record.

If the playoffs started today, the 3-6 Esks would be out and the streak would be dead.There isn't a more intriguing team to watch in the league right now.


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