Hello Frank Clair!

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:59 AM ET

MONTREAL -- We can hear the cries of "Arrrrrgos" ringing in the streets of Bytown already.

It's not bad enough that Senators fans have had to put up with Maple Leafs fans' well-deserved smugness after yet another spring of helping the Senators book tee times.

Now the autumn is going to be given over to another of invasion of Ottawa from The Big Smoke.

The Argos upset the Alouettes 26-18 last night at the Big O in the Eastern Division final, setting up a showdown with the B.C. Lions next Sunday in the 92nd Grey Cup at Frank Clair Stadium.

MAD DOCTOR

Football might have fizzled at Frank Clair like a wet firecracker in the closing weeks of the Renegades' season, but after yesterday's CFL playoff games, it looks like a fresh keg or two of gunpowder and an order of fireworks are on their way for Sunday.

Hey, whenever the team doctor is getting flagged for objectionable conduct after mixing it up with a middle linebacker, you know the game is on.

That happened in the Argos' upset win over the Alouettes when Montreal team doctor, head medical coordinator and head enforcer (apparently) Dr. Vincent Lacroix got into with Argos linebacker Mike O'Shea and Argos defensive lineman Jonathon Brown when Lacroix went on the field in the first quarter to attend to an injured Alouette.

"Hey, people get into it," said O'Shea at centrefield of the Big O as jubilant Argos teammates celebrated the win and their first trip to the Cup since 1997.

"It was his player and he was helping protect him. The point is moot now. At this point now, the only thing is going to Ottawa. Anything else would have been failure. We've achieved one of our goals. There's one more to go. We're not going to Ottawa to have fun. We're not going to participate. We're going there to be champions."

The Argos and Lions -- who needed overtime to overcome the Saskatchewan Roughriders -- advanced in front of a combined total of 106,523 fans at B.C. Place Stadium (55,227) and here at the Big O (51,296).

Those crowds helped the CFL set a post-season attendance record of 181,717. The old mark was 173,842, set in 1983.

Renegades president Brad Watters predicted last night the remaining tickets -- there are less than 3,000 left -- for Sunday's game will be snapped up in the next few days, guaranteeing a full house Sunday of more than 52,000.

WORST-CASE SCENARIO

That's despite the fact a Lions-Argos tilt was probably the worst-case scenario for Grey Cup organizers. There was a deal in place for Saskatchewan fans to snap up the last of the remaining tickets if they had been able to hang on to win yesterday.

Als fans could have just hopped in a car for a two-hour drive to attend the game.

"Interest from Toronto picked up the last three days," Watters said last night. "It was going to be a sellout either way."

The matchup should be a good one for the CFL, pitting teams from the country's two biggest cities.

The Lions return to the Grey Cup for the first time since 2000 when they defeated the Alouettes 28-26 in Calgary.

The Argos beat the Lions 18-17 in the 1983 Grey Cup in Vancouver, the last time they met in the championship game.

""Arrrrrgos"!"

Get used to it, Ottawa.

Or buy earplugs.


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