From Esks fan to Argos owner

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:41 AM ET

David Cynamon's perfect attendance record is still intact.

The co-owner of the Toronto Argos has attended every single game involving his club and the Edmonton Eskimos at Commonwealth Stadium since he bought the team in the fall of 2003.

"That is why I know we are 4-0 at Commonwealth Stadium," said Cynamon before watching last night's Argos-Eskimos game in this city.

Born in Edmonton, Cynamon stayed here until he was 17 - attending Ross Shepherd High School before leaving for York University.

Although he now calls Toronto home, the memories of cheering for the Eskimos are still very vivid for the 44-year-old business tycoon.

"Growing up in Edmonton, I not only was probably the biggest Edmonton Eskimos fan in the city, but I was also such a fan that I would go and line up before games and try to get hired as a hot dog vendor to sell hot dogs up and down stadium seats so I could be there in the stadium every game," said Cynamon.

"So, I was selling hot dogs everywhere from Clarke Stadium to Commonwealth Stadium. I used to bleed green and gold. So, when the schedule comes out the first thing I go look for is, 'When is the Edmonton home game against Toronto?'

"I have got my family and friends here. It's very surreal for me to be the owner of the Toronto Argonauts playing in Edmonton against the Eskimos."

Cynamon sold his public company - KCP - for $804 million last year and now has a start-up company.

Sharing ownership of the Argos with Howard Sokolowski, Cynamon wears his emotions on his sleeve when it comes to watching his team and dealing with the results.

"I think my wife would say I am too emotional," said Cynamon.

"The emotions and highs and lows of losing are greater than I would have ever imagined.

"And they are troublesome at times because it is not that easy for me to unleash and unload those negative emotions after a loss.

"My family has to go with me and my friends have to listen to me vent.

"It is real radical highs and lows. But I am a fan at heart and I love the Argos and the CFL, so I think emotional owners are ones that are passionate and I have never had a problem with any of my businesses being passionate."\


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