Full Moon for Damon Allen Night

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:35 AM ET

Argonauts quarterback Damon Allen will be over the moon when he jogs on to the field at the Rogers Centre on Sept. 9.

The Argos have decided to switch themes for the evening contest against the visiting Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Originally, the theme was The Greatest Rivalry. In light of the fact that Allen's on the verge of making pro football history, it will now be Damon Allen Night, and the highlight will a visit by former CFL and NFL great Warren Moon.

Details have yet to be finalized, but a Argonauts spokesman said yesterday that it's almost certain Moon will be on hand to make a presentation to Allen. Moon is in both the Pro Football and CFL Halls of Fame.

In a 18-15 victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers last Saturday, Allen completed 21 of 31 passes for 277 yards, giving him a career total of 70,389, only 164 yards shy of Moon.

It's likely that Allen will break Moon's record Monday during the annual Labour Day Classic against the Ticats at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

The 5-5 Argos are heavy favourites to defeat the Ticats, a club that has just won two games out of 11 this season and has failed to score a touchdown in three home losses. On Monday, the Ticats fired offensive co-ordinator Joe Paopao and offensive line coach Kani Kauahi.

Victory certainly is no sure thing for Toronto, though. The Argos, already without the services of Ricky Williams in the backfield, may be missing running back John Avery, who hurt his right ankle on Saturday in Winnipeg and was using crutches yesterday.

The good news is that Williams recently said that his broken left forearm is healing well and he could be back in the lineup in two weeks.


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