Argos pleased with new sked

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:52 AM ET

While sad to see the Ottawa Renegades go, the Argos are happy how the end result affects them.

The Argos have picked up additional games with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Montreal Alouettes, both of whom they've developed solid rivalries, and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who have been moved to the East to replace Ottawa for at least the 2006 season.

"The key from the Toronto Argonauts perspective is the (home) schedule didn't change and we play Hamilton in the home opener," Argos president Keith Pelley said yesterday.

"It's the dream opening matchup to play your nemesis right off the top. It's fantastic."

This is the third time in league history the Blue Bombers have been relocated eastward.

"Winnipeg has already been there for the league -- in good times and bad," Blue Bombers general manager/chief executive officer Lyle Bauer said. "We're back in the East and we've represented the East in five Grey Cups (1988, '90, '92, '93 and 2001). Let's hope history repeats."


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