Argos hope to avoid making team history

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:49 PM ET

In the 136 years since the Argonauts played their first game, at no point has the team lost eight consecutive times at home.

That will change tomorrow if the Argos come up short against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

On three occasions, including this streak, the Argos have lost seven in a row at home. Toronto’s most recent home victory was Aug. 1 last year, when it beat the Bombers.

“Absolutely not,” running back Jeff Johnson said when it was suggested that no Argo would want to be part of such a record. “And I was not aware (last Aug. 1) was the last time we won at home. That’s horrible.

“But I don’t think it is going to be a problem. Preparation has been great this week even with the distractions.”

And Argos fans, forget about drowning your sorrows in a few beers if the Boatmen are losing: There will be no alcohol sold in the Rogers Centre, as the building was hit with a three-date penalty for violations of its liquor licence.

Two Blue Jays games in April were booze-free.

Scott returns

Receiver Tyler Scott, who missed the game last week because of a concussion, said he will play tomorrow.

“Last week was like a daze,” Scott said. “But I have felt really good the past few days.”

No Ebell

The Argos have not had much fun with their return game. Head coach Bart Andrus said he would keep former Argo Tyler Ebell, released this week by the B.C. Lions, in mind, but “right now we don’t have any room at that position.”

Defensive back Will Poole and receiver Cory Rodgers will handle return duties tomorrow.


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