Tiger-Cats claw at Barker's psyche

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:00 PM ET

TORONTO - Jim Barker has to worry about the Montreal Alouettes twice in the next couple of weeks, but the Argonauts head coach can’t get the Hamilton Tiger-Cats out of his head.

The Argos will finish the regular season with a home-and-home set with the Alouettes starting Friday night at the Rogers Centre, but they already know they will face the Ticats on Nov. 14 in the East Division semi-final, likely at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

The Ticats crushed the Argos 30-3 on Oct. 15, a result that has been keeping Barker up at night.

“I started to think about them (that) Friday night after that 30-3 loss,” Barker said. “I came straight to the office and I holed up for about 48 hours. There is not a morning that goes by that I don’t turn that film on first thing in the morning. I’m going to watch 10-15 plays every morning.”

HUNTLEY DONE

Defensive tackle Kevin Huntley, who has missed two of the past three games with a shoulder injury, will not play in the Argos’ last two games.

Huntley wants to play, but would rather be healthy for the playoffs. It’s wise decision.

“Frustrating,” Huntley said. “I want to play, but it is bigger than me and what I want to do. I asked my defensive counterparts because the decision I make affects the whole team. I love playing the game. It hurt not being on the field in Winnipeg to experience the feeling they had to win that game and knowing they had clinched a spot in the playoffs.”

Running back Cory Boyd, meanwhile, did not practise much on Wednesday, but he will play against the Alouettes.

ARGO NOTES

The Argos will have their team picture taken on Thursday morning at the Rogers Centre, but it is expected that his duties as a senator will keep owner David Braley in Ottawa … Returner Chad Owens said any hard feelings he might have had toward the Alouettes are gone. The Als traded Owens, who should win the CFL’s most outstanding special teams player award, to the Argos in June. “What I’m really looking at is just getting better heading into the playoffs,” Owens said. “That is all I am really looking at.”


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