Argos get short end

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 1:01 PM ET

Vertically challenged Argos coach Pinball Clemons opened his pre-game news conference yesterday by saying, "It's a week that matches my stature."

Indeed, there is no rest for the weary.

Four days after a confidence-boosting 36-24 road win over the Montreal Alouettes, the Argos need to find a way to put together another 60 minutes of impressive football against the well-rested Winnipeg Blue Bombers today at the Rogers Centre.

"Guys are real beat up, guys are a little sore, that's my biggest concern," Argos running back John Avery said. "It has nothing to do with the talent on this team. Guys will go out and play and give 110% but if they only have 70% in the tank, that could be the difference in the game."

The Argos (3-2) need a win today to maintain their sole grip on first in the East, ahead of the Ottawa Renegades (3-3). The Argos, who did not lose any players to injury in Montreal and found out yesterday leading receiver Arland Bruce III (adductor) will return after a one-game absence, do not play again until Aug. 12 against the Als at the Rogers Centre.

"Coming off this doubleheader with two wins in such a short span would be great for us," Argos linebacker Michael Fletcher said. "We have to separate ourselves from the pack."

The Bombers (1-4), on the other hand, are entering a short week of their own, coming off a 10-day break after their previous game, a 51-46 win over the Als July 22. The Bombers return to action Saturday in Calgary against the Stampeders.

"It's hard with this game of football to go out and play a team like Montreal and then four days later, play another game," Bombers quarterback Kevin Glenn said. "It could be advantage toward us but it also could be advantage toward them because they're still in rhythm."

With such a long break between games for the Bombers, there is a chance they will be rusty.

"I think coming off, from our point of view, a 10-day break is not great," Bombers coach Jim Daley said. "I think I'd feel better if we had a seven-day break. But we never have normal-length weeks. I hate 10-day weeks. I think there is a lethargy and that's something you have to fight through and I think we fought through it pretty well this week."

The Argos, meanwhile have been stressing the mental side of the game. They had only one real practice between Thursday and today.

"Out-thinking your enemy is the biggest part of it," Avery said. "This is one of those times where you've really got to out-think the enemy because they're a little bit fresher and you're a little bit beat up."


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