Grey Cup-champion Argos unite one more time

Lineman Dan Ferrone (left) and assistant coach Dennis Meyer reminisce during Thursday night's Argos...

Lineman Dan Ferrone (left) and assistant coach Dennis Meyer reminisce during Thursday night's Argos reunion. (MICHAEL PEAKE/Toronto Sun)

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:56 PM ET

It was a night of laughter. A night when men hugged, brushed the dust from the memories of long-spent youth and huddled, perhaps for the final time, with quarterback Joe Barnes.

The 1983 Argonauts were in town.

Champions.

Champions from a time when the CFL really meant something in Toronto. Champions at a moment when nobody expected such a joyous thing could happen to a bereft team and its soul-crushed fans.

The Argonauts had not tasted victory in a Grey Cup in 30 years in 1983. The city was barren of champions. The year before it had held a parade for the Argonauts, not because they had won the Grey Cup.

They had one because the team — which had gone 2-14 in 1981 — had managed just to get there.

“The ’83 team, most of those guys were on those ’81 and ’82 teams and we’d all been in the doghouse,” recalled offensive lineman John Malinosky, who now operates a Tim Horton’s in Acton, Ont.


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