Boatmen looked tired after long trek

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:37 AM ET

MONCTON, N.B. -- Did the festivities leading up to Touchdown Atlantic take a bite out of the Argonauts?

"We had curfew on Friday and Saturday, and our young guys have to learn how to handle this kind of a week," Argos head coach Jim Barker said after his player were beaten by the Edmonton Eskimos.

"I didn't think we had a ton of energy. Why that is, it's hard to tell. But give the Eskimos credit They had every right to be more tired than us."

The Eskimos arrived two days before the Argos, coming in to theAtlantic Provincesast Sunday after losing in Montreal.

The Argos landed on Tuesday night, and though they were feted as the home team with various dinners and other functions, they simply looked tired when the game started.

"The main reason we were here was to win and focus on the game," offensive lineman Rob Murphy said.

"(The other activities) has nothing to do with it. There's no excuse for what happened on the field."

Barker thanked the city for its collective enthusiasm, which could one day help lead to a CFL expansion team in the region.

"We didn't carry our end of the bargain," Barker said.

"It was worth (giving up a home game in Toronto). It was a great week. Coming here was not the reason we lost."


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