Argo's cranking crowd noise in practice, let's not disappoin

Star reports: ... -steeltown

Gee I guess we've made an Impression.
Let's not let the Agro's down, start the noise from the moment the Argo's offense takes the field! :rockin:

In football, unlike in any other sport, the crowd can actually help to determine the outcome of the game.

No, I'm not talking about the adrenaline rush an athlete gets when the fans have turned up the volume and are raising the roof in support of the home team; that type of energy injection can help athletes in every sport, and it's why the phrase "home field/ice/court advantage" was created.

In sports like hockey, basketball, baseball and soccer, chants from the crowd can be helpful at times and disruptive at others, but rarely if ever do they actually contribute to the success or failure of the athlete on the ice, diamond or court. Outside of the occasional free throw in basketball, the game is pretty much free flowing.

However, in football, where communication in the process of play calling on offence is so important to the success or failure of the play, an enthusiastic crowd can actually influence the outcome of a game.

Case in point: in the aftermath of an opening night loss to the Blue Bombers, in which rookie right tackle Simeon Rottier had a tough outing on the offensive line, head coach Marcel Bellefeuille suggested that the noise level in Canad Inns Stadium was so high that the Cats' first overall pick in 2009 couldn't even hear the snap count, had to actually look in at the ball being snapped, and therefore had his technique and fundamentals suffer as a result.

Similarly, although the Montreal Alouettes ended up beating the BC Lions in Week 3 of the season at Empire Field, they did it without scoring a major in the game.

Head coach Marc Trestman, while not using it as an excuse, said that his team was "caught off guard" by how loud it was in the close confines of the temporary stadium and that it really limited their ability to communicate on the field. He went on to say that, had he known what was coming, he would have actually put together a very different and perhaps simpler game plan.

Of course, it is well documented how difficult it is for the visiting team to play a game in Mosaic Stadium, where the "Rider Nation" knows exactly when to make it hard on the opposing quarterback by turning up the volume so loud that it can be heard from every corner of the province and maybe even into Alberta and Manitoba on either side.

This year the power of crowd participation is magnified by the fact that, for the first time, quarterbacks have small speakers in their helmets and are trying to listen over a radio frequency to a head coach or offensive coordinator.

It's safe to say that, come the Labour Day matchups, we will see QBs with both hands over the ear holes of their helmets and, even then, the visiting pivot is likely out of luck to get the play call.

The fan participation this year has been outstanding, with sellouts already in Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary, and of course Regina. As mentioned earlier, Winnipeg didn't need a sellout for the crowd to be a difference maker, and just imagine if the Bombers keep winning and it does start selling out.

The fans may not make a tackle or throw a pass but they can certainly influence the game. It would be interesting one day to count up the number of off-sides and illegal procedure calls against the visiting teams in Mosaic Stadium as opposed to other venues.

When the crowd is that involved and engaged in the game, it is a tremendous atmosphere to be a part of, and it truly has the ability to bring a city together, as thousands "make some noise" and, as a result, make it tough on the visitor.

So keep it up, football fans.

It is awesome to see and hear...unless of course you're a visiting quarterback

I don't think it will be Problem it should be sold out Yesterday there less then 1,000 Seats left


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Animosity renews Ticats, Argos rivalry

Jim Barker once took a battery off the noggin.

Another time, Jeff Johnson looked over and saw a couple of cops rolling down the stairs in the stands, ostensibly trying to break up a fight.

Players with the Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats will tell you there’s nothing during the CFL’s regular season quite like the Labour Day Classic at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

And the fans know it, too. Before noon on Thursday, the Ticats let the media know via e-mail that less than 1,000 tickets remained for the game, which has a 2:30 p.m. kickoff. Helping ticket sales is the fact that this game actually means something in the standings, as second place in the East Division is up for grabs. In recent years, either the Argos or Ticats already were dead in the water by the time Labour Day arrived.

Johnson knows better than anyone else on the Argos’ roster the excitement that comes with the Classic. The game on Monday will mark Johnson’s 11th consecutive appearance, including two at the beginning of his career in a Ticats uniform.

“It’s like the Grey Cup in the middle of the season,” Johnson said. "When I was playing there (in 2000 and 2001), I remember going into some of the restaurants, and all they cared about was winning that game. The guys here understand that it is that city’s biggest game of the season.

“There is a lot of animosity toward us, but it makes the game that much more fun.”

Back in 1997 or 1998, when he was running the Argos’ offence, Barker, now the Boatmen’s head coach, was pinged on the head by a battery thrown from the stands.

“They were probably throwing it at (former head coach Don) Matthews and I just happened to be near him,” Barker said. “You hope they have some class about it, but you never know. I have tried to prepare the team for it, that you have to stay focused on the task at hand, and you can’t get involved in anything else.”

Staying focused took an unbearably loud turn for the Argos during practice on Thursday at Erindale. Assistant general manager Ian Sanderson drew the short straw, and was given the task of driving a gold cart around the field, to 15 yards from the line of scrimmage when the offence lined up. His cargo? A pair of speakers blasting noise at blood-shaking levels. It’s a game-preparation ploy that has not been used since Michael (Pinball) Clemons was coach, when he would pull out the speakers before playoff games.

The Argos anticipate that the decibels will rise at Ivor Wynne, and they want to be ready for it.

“It’s not even using silent counts (on offence), because we have had that from the beginning,” Barker said. “It’s more unnerving of how it is to have that sound in your ear all the time and that it forces you to focus on what you are doing and now allow it to distract you.”

Getting accustomed to the noise should help cut down on offside penalties.

“Often you can’t hear what is being said by the quarterback, even when it is quiet,” Johnson said. “(Using the speakers) is a good practice as we get closer to the playoffs.” ... 30156.html