Argos offer up peace offering
By PERRY LEFKO, TORONTO SUN
The fans have spoken and the Argos have listened. In the wake of a 58-20 loss to the Montreal Alouettes on Thursday at the SkyDome, the Argos reacted yesterday to fans' complaints about having paid full price to watch an inferior lineup.
The Argos announced that anyone with a proof of purchase or a ticket stub can redeem it after the season for a comparable ticket to any Argos 2005 regular-season game.
"It really is a show of good faith," Argos president Keith Pelley said.
"We listen and take what our fans say seriously."
The game attracted an announced crowd of 31,212, the largest of the season. The game had no bearing on the standings because the Als had already wrapped up first place and the Argos second.
Argos coach Pinball Clemons didn't dress many of his starters and limited the play of others to keep them rested for Friday's CFL East semi-final against Hamilton at the SkyDome. The Als played all their starters as a tuneup for the East final Nov. 14 at the Big Owe.
"We were put into a difficult position because of our schedule (the worst in the league) and the resulting health of our football team," Clemons said in an statement. "After making the playoffs and earning home-field advantage, we made the decision to give our fans and football team the best possible chance to have success in the playoffs.
"We think that with record attendance and the best on-field record in seven years, our fans deserve the best opportunity we can give them in the post-season. Make no mistake, I love our fans and I try to do my best for them at all times."