Streaking Scullers' sights now set on Grey Cup berth

ROB LONGLEY

, Last Updated: 8:31 AM ET

MONTREAL -- With the Grey Cup party plans in place and the game itself inching towards a sellout, the Argos front office just go a huge increase in workload.

Coach Mike (Pinball) Clemons generally is in the business of selling optimism and this time he might have a point in beginning the shilling for ticket sales.

Next Saturday's Rogers Centre showdown with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers could go a long way towards one of the most successful runs in franchise history.

A win in that game would give Toronto the edge in the race for first place in the CFL East and the right to host the division final on Nov. 18.

A week after the East final, the team could then give CFL football the shot it needs in Toronto by playing in the Grey Cup before a home crowd.

That is potentially three big home dates -- and all from a team that was 2-6 at the midpoint of the CFL season.

"It's a huge game next week. This is for first place," Clemons said from a noisy Argos locker room. "I don't think very many people would have felt we would be in this position several weeks back.

"The guys have fought hard to get here. With that, we are going to treat (Saturday) as the biggest game certainly of our season and maybe the biggest game we have had in a long, long time."

The Argos are one point behind the Bombers, who snapped a two-game losing streak with a win over Calgary on Friday night.

Toronto ends the regular season with a game in Saskatchewan while Winnipeg faces Montreal.

"This is a game we will be fighting to host the East and have the East championship go through Toronto," Clemons said. "And it's in a year when the Grey Cup was going through our city.

"I'm real proud of this bunch."


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