Boreham relishes Labour Day

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:52 PM ET

Jamie Boreham broke into the CFL as a Ticat and recalls the significance of the Labour Day classic.

During Boreham's three-year tenure in the Hammer, there were more losses than wins, more heartache than moments of exhilaration.

No matter the record or the circumstances, Boreham relished Labour Day and revelled in the atmosphere that unfolded at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

"That was the game," Boreham said on Wednesday as the Argos prepped for Monday's visit to Hamilton. "Even though we struggled -- the whole city of Hamilton got into the spirit.

"Labour Day was the mini Grey Cup. The fans were rowdy, there were fights and the fans just brought so much excitement. It's a very meaningful game and as player you felt it."

On Monday, Boreham will experience the madness as a visitor.

"It's a league game, but it has a college rivalry to it. It's different," he added.

As a rookie, Boreham was groomed by Bernie Ruoff, learned the ropes from some of the most colourful and character people such as Mike Morreale, Rob Hitchcock and Carl (Cooler) Coulter.

Boreham learned how to be a pro and got a first-hand look at the tricky wind conditions at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

"For not being a notoriously windy city, you get swirling winds and it's not easy to kick. You look up at the press box side and you see flags to the right blowing to the left and flags to the left blowing to the right.

"Then you try to figure out which side the wind is actually blowing."


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