Argh-oh loss in opener

MATTHEW KWONG -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:04 AM ET

Toronto Argonauts fans may brag about the "devil-blue" blood that flows through their veins, but when Fran Holden says it, she really means it.

"You could say we've been raised by the Argonauts," said Holden, whose father, Mert Prophet, was the Argos' athletic trainer from 1964-1976.

Yesterday, Holden, 53, and her sister Peggy Prophet, 43, caught the opening-season game that pitted their beloved Argos against 2004 Grey Cup rivals the B.C. Lions.

For the thousands of flag-waving, horn-blowing, drum-whacking ticket-holders, the rematch raised the stakes.

Steve Hayman, band director for the Toronto Argonotes music troupe, called yesterday's Rogers Centre crowd "bigger and better" than previous years.

"I'm pumped, I'm psyched, I've had band withdrawal and football withdrawal, and I think a lot of these people have too," said Hayman, who has been band director for 10 years.

"Usually we don't get this many people out here," Argos "superfan" Dennis McCaie said.

While McCaie said there seemed to be few Lions fans around, he was able to pass out a few "friendly scowls" when he spotted the occasional orange jersey.

Mary Tomes, mother of B.C. Lions fullback Jason Gavadza (who's originally from Toronto), was unfazed.

"Hey, I'm a mom and I go where my son goes," said Tomes, who wore an orange tanktop with the words: "B.C. 36 Mom." "I'm hoping B.C. wins, it would be nice," she said.

She got her wish.

Down to the last play of the game, the Argos lost a nail-biter as the Lions pulled out a 27-20 win.


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