Argos have Als on their mind

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 2:01 PM ET

Pinball Clemons wants the Argos to focus on two words this week -- Montreal Alouettes.

With the Argos facing the Alouettes Thursday in Montreal and then having a home game four days later against Winnipeg, some coaches might consider preparing a little for the Blue Bombers before heading to La Belle Province.

Not coach Clemons, however, who won't say a word about Winnipeg until the Montreal game is over.

"I've seen it work both ways, where guys try to come in the first couple of days and spend time on Winnipeg first and then go to Montreal," Clemons said yesterday as the Argos returned to the practice field after a six-day break. "It really serves just to confuse it. We're not going to try that. We're just going to work at getting ready for Montreal ... Concentrate on the first team and do your best there and try to provide some momentum for that second game."

In an effort to help their team deal with the nasty schedule, second-year owners Howard Sokolowski and David Cynamon are chartering the Argos to and from a city for the first time under their watch. The Argos (2-2) will practise Friday afternoon at their training base in Mississauga.

While quick turnarounds certainly are not ideal, at least the Argos have experience battling through ugly scheduling quirks. Last year, the Argos had just three days off between games (like they do between Montreal and Winnipeg) twice. They didn't do too badly in those back-to-back sets, either, going 3-1.

"We're used to it almost," Argos defensive lineman Noah Cantor said. "It's crazy, but we had (six) days off and now we've got to play two games in four days. That's what we get paid for. We're going to go out and do it. It's not a big deal and the games are the fun part, anyway."

On a more positive note, the Alouettes faced the Blue Bombers last night in Winnipeg. That game tape will come in handy for the Argos in the next week.

"Much of our scouting and what we have to do, we can kind of look at both teams," Clemons said.

After Aug. 1 against Winnipeg, the Argos do not play again until Aug. 12 when the Alouettes come to the Rogers Centre.

BRIEFLY

Argos wide receiver Robert Baker, who suffered the second concussion of his career in a 30-22 loss against the B.C. Lions last Friday, said his headache disappeared in a hurry.

"I wanted to get back in the game," Baker said. "They had to keep me out for precautionary reasons. I was ready to get back in there. Everybody has had those days when they've been knocked out before. I was straight the next day. I was straight about 20 minutes after (the concussion)."


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