Pinball's Labour Day frown

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:37 AM ET

TORONTO - So there is something that’s capable of putting a frown on the face of Michael (Pinball) Clemons.

The almost-always enthusiastic Clemons, the Argonauts’ vice-chair, is in the same group as thousands of Canadian Football League fans across southern Ontario regarding the Labour Day Classic in Hamilton. The Argos and Tiger-Cats won’t clash in the game this season.

“I think disappointed would be a better word,” Clemons said on Tuesday when he was asked whether he was sad that the Argos won’t be at Ivor Wynne Stadium on Labour Day. “I’m disappointed that the great tradition will not be celebrated this year.”

When the CFL released the 2011 schedule in February, it reasoned that a competitive imbalance would occur if the Argos played in Hamilton on Labour Day, as it would have been the Argos’ sixth road game in its first nine games.

Clemons didn’t see the problem.

“This marketplace loves their cottage,” Clemons said. “The later you play, the more attention you get. If you can go on the road and establish some momentum, win a few games, our attendance is always better in the second half of the year than the first half. (The Argos) are mature enough to handle those early road games.”

Schedule aside, Clemons thinks there will be bigger things from the Argos this season.

“You restore competence first, and then you move toward becoming a champion,” Clemons said. “I expected competence with (head coach and general manager Jim Barker), and that is what we have now.”


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