Argos learning that winning easy isn’t easy

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:18 PM ET

One of the often-argued fallacies in the Canadian Football League is that things don’t really get serious until after Labour Day.

It’s a crock, and the Argonauts know it.

With four wins coming as the result of fourth-quarter comebacks, they’re building the kind of character and resolve that will help get them around obstacles when games on are on the line in the second half.

Consider that even if the Argos lose their next two, they will be 4-4 heading their annual Labour Day tilt in Hamilton versus the Tiger-Cats. Think the B.C. Lions or Edmonton Eskimos would take that record?

“It’s a huge build,” slotback Jeremaine Copeland said. “When you can do things like drop the ball in the fourth quarter and still come back in crunch time, it will help you later in the season.”

The Argos would love to win a game going away, but for now, nail-biters are just fine. Any win looks good to those who were around for just seven of them in the previous two years.

“The wins we had (earlier this season) helped deliver this win,” Argos head coach Jim Barker said in Edmonton on Friday night after the Argos’ one-point triumph.

“When you fall behind 10 points, nobody panics, nobody worries.”

That in itself represents a large difference between this Argos team and the one that bumbled under Bart Andrus last year.

“Without a doubt,” offensive lineman Rob Murphy said. “Last year, if we were up, it almost was like a panic would set in.

Medlock update

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have contacted free-agent former Argos placekicker Justin Medlock, according to a CFL source.

The Bombers are looking for kicking help after Alexis Serna missed two short field goals during Saturday night’s 29-22 loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

— with files from QMI Agency

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