Boatmen like their chances

STEVE BUFFERY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:55 AM ET

Argonauts co-owner David Cynamon shot down rumours yesterday that he and his partner, Howard Sokolowski, were planning on selling the team.

At an informal media conference to discus the departure of CEO and president Keith Pelley, who will now lead the CTV-Rogers Olympic TV consortium, Cynamon addressed reports that they were looking to dump the Boatmen after this season.

"We're here for the long haul, we've made that commitment from Day 1," Cynamon said. "We're already in our fourth season and we have accomplished a lot with this team, but not everything.

"We enjoy operating and owning this team and we have absolutely no plans to depart our current situation whatsoever," he added.

PLAYOFF PREDICTION

Pelley, meanwhile, made a somewhat brash prediction yesterday that the Argonauts, despite struggling at times this season and posting a mediocre 4-6 record, will, at the very least, qualify for the playoffs and hopefully play in the Grey Cup, which will be held at the Rogers Centre.

A win over Hamilton on Saturday gives the Argos, who sit in third-place in the East, a better record than Edmonton (3-6), the fourth-place team in the West, which would mean, if the standings remain the same, Toronto would qualify for the post-season based on the cross-over playoff scenario.

Pelley believes the Boatmen can do even better than that -- particularly now that the club's No.1 quarterback, Michael Bishop, is healthy.

"I have no doubt we'll make it into the playoffs," Pelley said. "I think we've got every possibility of making it to the Grey Cup. Since I've been here, this is undeniably the best football team we've ever had," he added.

"We shouldn't be where we are right now at 4-6. I think we've got a great opportunity to be there in the end and I think we'll get on a big roll in the next eight weeks."

The return of Bishop, who threw for 261 yards (14-for-23) in Toronto's 35-22 win over the Tiger-Cats on Saturday, before being relieved by Rocky Butler in the fourth quarter, has the entire organization thinking post-season. As for himself, Bishop believes that he will only get better, especially with the imminent return of injured receivers Arland Bruce (who is expected to play against the British Columbia Lions on Saturday) and Tony Miles.

"You talk about playing a complete game and we haven't done that yet," Bishop said, prior to the team's practice yesterday. "There's definitely room for improvement."


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