It's all fun until eye-poking starts

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:47 AM ET

Argonauts offensive tackle Rob Murphy and B.C. Lions defensive end Brent Johnson are close friends who roomed together during their college days at Ohio State and then won a Grey Cup in 2006 with B.C.

Tonight, they will line up against each other for the first time.

"I promise I won't poke Brent in the eye," Murphy said with a laugh.

"I have too much respect for him."

Johnson figured it would be a little strange to square off with Murphy.

"It's going to be a blast," Johnson said. "I have not been up against a player that I know, for lack of a better word, intimately."

As for the claims to no eye-poking?

"He's lying to you," Johnson said.

"I'll keep a visor on guard on the sideline. I'm going to feel bad that we beat them, but I will give him a handshake."

Murphy, who has struggled, will be in a fight to protect quarterback Cody Pickett from Johnson. The latter has five quarterback sacks, second in the CFL.

Home is for losers

The Argos are riding a franchise-record home losing streak of eight games and have not won in Toronto since Aug. 1, 2008.

"We have to get that fixed now," guard Taylor Robertson said. "(The fans) have stuck by us and we have to start giving it back to them."

Wally's world

Wally Buono is two wins away from tying the CFL record of 231 set by Don Matthews, but the B.C. Lions head coach is more worried about his team's 2-4 record.

"I don't want to be a jerk, but that is not something I really want to get into," Buono said.

"To get into something that is not relevant today is not proper. We want to keep focus on what is important, which is getting our third win."


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