Boatmen sank themselves

JODY VANCE -- 24 Hours Toronto

, Last Updated: 12:26 PM ET

The Argonauts might have blown a huge opportunity.

Controlling their own destiny, the Boatmen let a glorious chance slip through their grasp on Saturday at Rogers Centre. Losing the opportunity to have a first-round bye is only part of the setback.

The real concern is the fact this team has once again lost out on the possibility of improving its tenuous foothold in the finicky Toronto market. For once it's not an embarrassing comment, decision or action at the League or Franchise level. No, this time it's embarrassing performances on the field.

Off the field, the Club seems to be making the right decisions. They've improved stadium atmosphere, hired the right executives and kept the team in the news as much as possible. From the signing of Ricky Williams to the seemingly great response fans have shown to hosting the 2007 Grey Cup, Toronto was taking notice.

Let's face it, keeping the CFL top of mind is the toughest task for those navigating the good ship Argonaut.

On the field, they had a chance to beat the hated Alouettes, clinch first in the division, secure a first-round bye and best of all ... host the Eastern Division Final.

As we all know by now they blew it. In fact, they're fortunate to be playing another home game this season.

It could have been storybook.

This article could have focused on what a gritty team they were. Battling through injuries to Allen, Williams and Avery, they turned around their 2-5 start and managed to clinch home field advantage.

As is my civic duty, I would have encouraged all to buy a ticket and support the local 12. Alas, it was not meant to be.

The Argos have lost substantial momentum in the marketplace and on the field. Thankfully, all is not lost in either arena; after all, I did say the Argonauts "might" have blown a huge opportunity.

They host the Blue Bombers on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.; buy a ticket.

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Jody Vance is a longtime sportscaster and personality with Leafs TV. Her column appears Tuesdays and Thursdays in 24 hours. jody.vance@tor.sunpub.com


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