Argos lose classic battle to Ticats

Toronto Argonauts wide receiver Chad Owens is taken down by Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive back...

Toronto Argonauts wide receiver Chad Owens is taken down by Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive back Emanuel Davis at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Oct. 4, 2013. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:06 PM ET

TORONTO - Football was in the air under the closed roof at Rogers Centre Friday night, a sporting environment that must somehow be recreated more often.

The fans were engaged, the entertainment value was quite good, the much-maligned stadium electric and a rivalry renewed.

Imagine the stage and potential if the Argos and Ticats were to meet in the East final with a berth in the Grey Cup on the line.

If the same football buzz can be duplicated with the stakes considerably higher, the Argos may have to open up the upper bowl.

For the record, 28,467 were on hand in the first of a home and home set between the Argos and Ticats, two teams who will meet again on Thanksgiving Monday in Guelph.

And for the record, Hamilton would survive a careless third quarter to beat the Argos, 33-19, on a night when the Ticats deserved their fate.


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