Pinball ready to move on

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Michael "Pinball" Clemons. (SUN/Stan Behal)

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:21 AM ET

Argos coach Michael (Pinball) Clemons says the most recent sting of lost opportunity will last until 8:59 this morning.

Then, when the team meets at its Mississauga headquarters, it will be time to get over back-to-back, momentum-stunting losses.

"It will be easy, this is what we do," Clemons said following Saturday's 24-20 loss to the Montreal Alouettes at the Rogers Centre. "It's playoff time."

Being a glass-half-full guy, Clemons will take heart in the fact that at least the Argos will play host to the East semi-final against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Sunday, 1 p.m.).

And if there can be gain in another man's pain, the Argos may have got a big shot of it later Saturday night.

Not only did Winnipeg lose to the B.C. Lions to ensure a valuable home date for the Argos, the Bombers may be without their starting quarterback, Kevin Glenn.

When Glenn went down with an ankle injury early in the first quarter, the Bombers offence went with it.

Glenn is expected to have X-rays today or tomorrow but his status is, at best, questionable for Sunday.

Without him, one might expect the Argos defence to chow down his duelling replacements, Ryan Dinwiddie and Brad Banks, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

That pair was picked off four times in the 26-16 loss to the Lions and now must face an Argos defence that has allowed just 12 passing touchdowns and is an interception machine.

Despite squandering first place in the East and a bye to the division final with a pair of home losses, the Argos aren't fearful of getting to the Grey Cup the hard way.

"It doesn't really matter," linebacker Michael Fletcher said.

BEEN THERE

"I've been on a team that was 8-10 and in third place and we won the Grey Cup. And this team is better than that team."

Fletcher was referring to the 2000 B.C. Lions where he won his first of two Cups, the other coming with the '04 Argos.

The Bombers won two of three meetings with the Argos this season but both of those -- including one at the Rogers Centre -- came when Argos quarterback Damon Allen was injured.

Toronto's lone win of the season series, meanwhile, came when Mike Quinn was filling in for Glenn. Quinn was released three days after a rough day against the Boatmen.

The Argos have to be pleased with the way they moved the ball in the first half Saturday, a fact not lost on Bombers GM Brendan Taman.

"I know Montreal did a good job in the second half, but (the Argos) are still dangerous when they click," Taman, who was at the Rogers Centre advance scouting the Argos, told the Winnipeg Sun.

"It's not going to be easy."

The Argos expect to have the team's second leading receiver, Tony Miles, back in the lineup Sunday as well as offensive lineman Jerome Davis.

Meanwhile, tickets for the team's only home post-season date went on sale yesterday.

rob.longley@tor.sunpub.com


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