TORONTO - For the first time since 1995, Argonauts fans won’t be filled with hate for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Labour Day weekend.
The Labour Day Classic between the Argos and Ticats, an annual staple on the schedule for both teams — and one that players have acknowledged is the biggest game of the regular season — won’t be happening in 2011.
Because they play so many games on the road prior to Labour Day weekend, the Argos will play at home that Friday night versus the B.C. Lions. The Ticats will play host to the Montreal Alouettes on Labour Day.
The Argos are an afterthought when it comes to scheduling at the Rogers Centre, as they get the scraps once the Blue Jays’ schedule is set. The Argos will play their first three games on the road, starting July 1 in Calgary against the Stampeders, and of their first eight games, five will be away from Toronto.
The Labour Day Classic had been a tradition prior to 1995, when the Argos played at home against the San Antonio Texans.
In the 15 games between Hamilton and Toronto on Labour Day since ’95, the Ticats hold the edge with an 8-6-1 record.
The thinking is this will be a one-off, with the Canadian Football League doing what it can in 2012 to ensure that the Labour Day Classic between the Argos and Ticats is back on.