Argos hosting playoff game

Argos QB Ricky Ray unloads a pass against the Riders on Saturday. Ray completed 24 of 30 for 305...

Argos QB Ricky Ray unloads a pass against the Riders on Saturday. Ray completed 24 of 30 for 305 yards and four TDs. (Reuters)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:21 AM ET

TORONTO - Stack the numbers beside each other and nothing makes sense, which seems fitting in yet another CFL season when nothing has gone according to form.

The Argos will play host to a playoff game against an opponent to be determined, at a place where they’ve lost more times than won.

Ricky Ray won’t play in the season finale against Hamilton and there are a handful, if not more, of walking wounded who will be given an extra week to heal up.

With nothing to play for except professional pride, it’s conceivable the Argos could lose to the Ticats, which means 8-9 Toronto would play host to the East semi on Nov. 11 with a losing record attached to its name.

They have also dropped three in a row at the Rogers Centre, where they are 3-5 on the season, making Toronto the only CFL team with a losing record at home.

“We haven’t given our fans much to cheer for in the last few weeks, but I think you’ll see a renewed excitement playing in front of our fans,’’ said Jordan Younger.“It’s a great feeling knowing we’re now two wins away from the Vanier Cup, especially around here.”

No matter how far the Argos go, they won’t have to play any more outdoor games.

“We’re excited about that,’’ said veteran punter Noel Prefontaine, whose hip felt the effects of Saturday’s cold, which wasn’t as severe as many had predicted.

“Playing indoors does favour the best football team. I think when you eliminate the elements, it comes down to the calibre of the football team you have.”

The East final against the Als, should they make it that far, would be played in Olympic Stadium.

Two years ago, the Argos made it to the post-season and basically fluked a win in Hamilton against a Ticat team that simply imploded. The following week, they were destroyed by the host Als.

BELLI GET HIS CHANCE

Adriano Belli came back for one final at Grey Cup glory and he’ll now be given that opportunity.

For a veteran who played his high school football in Toronto, the possibility to end on the ultimate football high is within reach.

Belli, more at ease in his second game back from retirement, provided more of a push from his tackle spot and was one of many Argos who stepped up.

“Guys just stuck together,’’ said Belli. “Outside of J.Y. (free safety Jordan Younger) and myself, it’s a young defence. There are always your ups and downs in any game, but everybody showed up, everyone contributed. It doesn’t get any more hostile than Taylor Field and to win says a lot about this group.”

It does, but at the same time it must be tempered because Saskatchewan already entered the game knowing it has qualified for the playoffs.

 


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