Argos take 'glass half-full' approach

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:34 PM ET

Happiness and disappointment.

It might not be possible for the majority of people to have the same feelings simultaneously, but David Braley isn't the majority of people.

On Saturday afternoon, for the second time this season, Braley's two Canadian Football League clubs will bang heads on the same field when the Argonauts visit the B.C. Lions at Empire Stadium in Vancouver.

The Argos, at the halfway point of the 2010 regular season, have sustained a couple of hurtful losses to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats but are 5-4; the Lions will try to build off a thrashing of the Anthony Calvillo-less Montreal Alouettes as they try to forget a surprisingly bad 2-7 start.

On July 23 in Toronto, the Argos beat the Lions 24-20 at the Rogers Centre.

"I think we have to be extremely pleased that we're 5-4 and not something less," Braley said on Tuesday afternoon, referring to the Argos' first half. "We've taken steps forward, but the past two weeks we have gone sideways.

"But (overall), we have to be ecstatic. There are strides being made, and I would say I am very pleased with fact they've been competitive.

"Out west, I'm very disappointed, and I hope we have a successful second half. It's hard to quantify (whether the disappointment in the Lions outweighs the happier thoughts he has about the Argos, or vice versa). I take each team separately."

Braley will be in attendance on Saturday afternoon for the kickoff, and expects to cheer both teams.

"I like to see great plays occur, but at the same time I'll be asking how the defence allowed something to happen," Braley said. "And it will be the reverse if I see the other team make the same play.

"Whoever succeeds, I win. Whoever loses, I lose. So it's a little bit of both."


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