Rocky sequel in 'Peg?

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:03 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- The Argonauts are hoping that this Rocky can pull a rabbit out of a helmet against the bull moose of the East.

In only his second start as Toronto's quarterback, Rocky Butler will try to snap a four-game losing streak when the Argos challenge Winnipeg at Canad Inns Stadium tonight.

The Blue Bombers lead the CFL East with a 4-2-1 record while Toronto is limping along in third at 2-5.

Butler played perhaps his best game in the first start of his CFL career when he led the Saskatchewan Roughriders to a 31-19 victory over Winnipeg in the 2002 Labour Day Classic. He completed nine of 16 passes for 165 yards, adding nine carries for 63 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown romp.

"I just hope that I can duplicate that (tonight)," Butler said yesterday.

"We're looking to go out, have some fun and play a complete game of football."

The Argos sent an SOS to Butler after losing both Damon Allen and Michael Bishop to injury and souring on prospect Mike McMahon. That rescued Butler from oblivion after Hamilton had released him.

"It's given me a new life," the 5-foot-11, 203-pound Hofstra product. "I'm very happy with the situation I'm in and now, I'm looking forward to playing some good football."

Bomber quarterback Kevin Glenn and Butler were teammates in Saskatchewan.

"Rocky's a good quarterback," Glenn said. "He's very athletic. He can run out of the pocket, he can sit back and throw the ball and has a strong arm.

"That showed last week when he had a chance to get familiar with the offence and he threw for over 300 yards (against Saskatchewan)."

Toronto head coach Mike (Pinball) Clemons expressed faith in the quarterback no one else wanted when the Tiger-Cats sent him packing.

"We are extremely excited about Rocky," Clemons said. "He has come in under a very difficult circumstance and given us hope. He has really stabilized things and the guys around him feel they have a chance to win with Rocky Butler at quarterback."

Meanwhile, in Edmonton, the Eskimos' renovation job has begun.

Tied for last in the West Division, the Esks released imports Ray Perryman and former Bomber Stevie Baggs yesterday.

The next move is to likely sign some new recruits, but nothing is official, yet.

"We have to make a little room here because in the next little while we are going to have some of our NFL players coming in," said Eskimos coach Danny Maciocia.

"(I'm) shocked, upset, disappointed," said Baggs, who as cut by the Bombers in training camp. "I don't think I was given a fair opportunity."


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