Argos offence stalls in CFL East final

Argos quarterback Ricky Ray. (Craig Robertson, Toronto Sun)

Argos quarterback Ricky Ray. (Craig Robertson, Toronto Sun)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:58 PM ET

TORONTO - Thirty minutes after the stunning disappointment, Chad Owens stood alone, still in full uniform, leaning on a wall outside the Argonauts’ locker-room area.

He wasn’t ready for the Eastern final to end. He wasn’t ready for his season to come to so messy a conclusion. He wasn’t in any way ready to walk out the dressing room, ready to go home.

“I want another quarter,” said the Argos star. “I’m not ready for the off-season, man ... It’s tough. It sucks, man. It breaks my heart.”

The Argos will not be going to the Grey Cup for a second straight year. In a second-half collapse of monumental proportions - the last thing you might expect from this team - they were beaten by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, beaten up, and were authors of their own demise, all at the very same time Sunday at the Rogers Centre.

The game, the Grey Cup, the Eastern final were all within reach with a minute to play: The Argos simply couldn’t find a way. Any way.


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