All-out war? Foes sure hope not

FRANK ZICARELLI -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:52 AM ET

With a football rivalry about to be renewed, Johnny Scott is hoping the bad blood doesn't resurface.

For two teams known for their hatred, the classy veteran defensive lineman hopes tonight's playoff game doesn't become a game of cheap shots.

"No matter what happens,, you don't want to risk the integrity of the game," Scott said on the eve of the much-anticipated Argos-Hamilton Tiger-Cats playoff showdown.

"You go out there to fight for 60 minutes, three hours if need be, but you have to remain professional at all times.

"Emotions will run high because the stakes are high, but you play within the rules."

The Ticats ended the season as the most penalized team in the CFL.

When the Argos and Ticats met on Labour Day, players were ejected and the teams combined for more than 400 penalty yards.

With so much on the line tonight, mental discipline will be as important as any long run from scrimmage, turnover or any missed opportunity.

"I don't see it as being a nasty game," Argos linebacker Mike O'Shea said.

"What I see is a bunch of guys flying around trying to knock someone's head off, but I don't expect things to turn crazy in terms of penalties.

"You can't afford it," he said. "I don't think there is anyone who wants to be the person who costs their team yards, a touchdown and ultimately a game."

Ticats coach Greg Marshall says his team has been more disciplined in the second half of the season and hopes players have learned from past indiscretions.

Regardless of the strides made by Hamilton, Marshall knows the Ticats have to refrain from the pushing and shoving that is certain to take place after each whistle.

"You just have to stay mentally tough," Marshall said. "Every yard means so much, especially in the playoffs."


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