Argos out for revenge

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:07 AM ET

Five days after they played on Labour Day, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Toronto Argonauts renew their rivalry.

Call this one the Apres Labour Day Classic.

It's designed to heighten the battle between the two southern Ontario squads, similar to what Edmonton and Calgary do, playing one another twice during Labour Day week.

The Argos and Tiger-Cats last played in back-to-back games on the week of Labour Day in 1991. But this renewal is designed to be permanent.

A crowd in excess of 30,000 is expected at the Rogers Centre for the rematch of Monday's game, which Hamilton won 33-30.

"We are extremely excited about this back-to-back contest, especially since retribution is in order," Argos head coach Pinball Clemons said somewhat facetiously yesterday.

"We shouldn't play harder because we lost. Can you use it to help maybe focus you more and that kind of thing? Yes. The hope is that we play with everything we have every time out."

The Tiger-Cats, who lost their first eight games of the season, are on a two-game winning streak but are last in the East and overall in the league. The Argos lead the East with a 6-4 record.

By their own admission, the Argos made too many mistakes against the Tiger-Cats, turning the ball over four times. Quarterback Damon Allen accepted full responsibility after throwing two interceptions and fumbling once.

"You take away a couple plays and it could have gone either way," offensive lineman Mike Mihelic said. "It was a hard-fought battle. It just went their way that game ... After losing a game like that it makes you hungry. It's a short turnaround, but everybody is ready is to go and we want to play and we want to win and move forward."

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Argo cornerback Jordan Younger said the quick turnaround is good for building up the rivalry.

"You get to look forward to this point in time in the season and it's a buildup," he said. "It doesn't end with the first game. It carries on through the week going into the second game."

Hamilton slotback Mike Morreale said the back-to-back games are good.

"It's long overdue," he said. "The Toronto-Hamilton rivalry should (be) back-to-back."

Hamilton quarterback Danny McManus said the key to beating the Argos will be controlling the ball on offence and scoring points on every drive.

"The best way (to beat them) is to stay on the field as long as we can," he said. "They've got a lot of weapons on offence.

If we thought last (game) was tough. This (one) will be even tougher."


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