The new Fun Bunch

Mike O'Shea bounces a soccer ball around during Argos practice as his teammates look on yesterday....

Mike O'Shea bounces a soccer ball around during Argos practice as his teammates look on yesterday. (Toronto Sun/Veronica Henri)

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:14 AM ET

Just call the Argos defence The Fun Bunch.

With apologies to the Washington Redskins receiving corps of a few years ago that had that moniker, the Argos defence has been having fun all year and plans to continue doing that against the Montreal Alouettes in the East Division final Sunday at Olympic Stadium.

"We've just got to go out there and have fun," defensive back Clifford Ivory said yesterday prior to the Argos' first practice since last Friday night's 24-6 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the division semi-final at the SkyDome.

"As long as we have fun, trust me, really and truly we're unstoppable. We just like having fun."

The Argos defence certainly had fun against Hamilton, scoring a touchdown off an interception and nearly registering a shutout. A meaningless touchdown at the end of the game ruined what could have been the first shutout by any team in the playoffs since 1976 and the first in the post-season by the Argos since 1947.

Ivory said the Argos know they can shut down the Als offence.

"It's not difficult," Ivory said. "Everybody is human. Ain't no difficulty nowhere in this world. If we all just have fun and have a good time we'll be good. We're just flying around having fun."

When asked how much better the Argos defence has to play against Montreal after its textbook performance against Hamilton, Ivory said this game is no different.

"As long as we take care of our little mistakes and stuff like that, I don't think a team in this league can score on us," Ivory said.

During the first two games the Argos played against the Als this season, they allowed only one offensive touchdown.

"There's your observation there, baby," Ivory said.

The last time the teams met, in the regular-season finale, the Als won 58-20, but the results of that can be written off because the Argos rested or limited the play of many of their starters, including many on defence.

Defensive end Eric England, who had two sacks in the Hamilton game, paid respect to the Als but also to his own unit.

"You know it's going to be rough," England said. "(Anthony) Calvillo is a smart quarterback. He reads the blitzes really well. He reads the coverages really well. The offensive line is really, really strong. We've just got to mix up some things that we do -- run some different stunts, come at them from different angles and try to confuse them just a little bit, which is going to be hard to do.

"I think we can do it. If any d-line can do it or any defence can do it, we can do it."


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