Argos victory: the silver lining

A dark day for Ticats fans. However, there are a few reasons we can take some consolation.

  1. A storybook win for the Argos is good for the league. If it helps build fan interest in one of the weakest and largest markets, that will be good for everyone. Also the sponsors will be happy, and happy sponsors continue to write big cheques.

  2. David Braley has done a lot for the league (including saving it from extinction), so it's easy to be happy for him. Undoubtedly the first owner to win Grey Cups with two different teams in two consecutive seasons. And both home games, to boot.

  3. It is now apparent why they resurrected Belli with a few games left in the season: so that he could be formally escorted off the field in disgrace, like he should have been years ago.

  4. We no longer need to wonder whether in fact we had a Grey Cup-caliber QB in our midst the last few seasons and let him slip away.

  5. Calgary was getting way too cocky, and it's nice to see them knocked down a peg. (I actually wanted both teams to lose, but I didn't expect my wish to be granted.)

  6. Chad Owens helped validate the belief of many of us that he has been way overhyped recently.

  7. This outcome cements Eric Tillman's reputation as a complete lunatic who engineered the most ridiculous trade in recent memory, thereby minimizing the chance that he'll resurface in the league. (Though if he does, hopefully it's in BC, so we can have a shot at trading for Lulay.)

8) Prevents the local food shortage that may have occurred if Rob Ford had been forced to pay up on the bet he made twith the mayor of Calgary, in which the losing team's mayor has to donate his weight in food to a food bank in the winning team's city.
  1. This season showed once again that, in the CFL, a fourth place team can go from worst to first in a single season. Go Cats!

ONLY if you have the league behind you!

Good Points except Lulay would come here and fold like a tent after being surrounded by the inexperienced coaches and sub par team mates, it would be in his best interests to retire early before ever playing for the Ticats.....

Seriously ,
you guys needed to quote the ENTIRE thing to make your point . :roll:

Seriously... this bothered you????

There's only so much www and so much life in a scroll wheel that wasting it on entire 300 word essays just doesn't make good forum sense.
But if you think that taking up a terabyte repeating what someone else has said already make your point clearer, then by all means copy and paste away.

Yeah, an all that extra scrolling really inflames the arthritis in my finger. :wink:

You have made my day a bit better with your logic and insight ... thank you.

Argos still suck!

I don't buy this thing that the Argo win will be good for the league and Toronto. They will get their press coverage etc but it still won't get thousands more into the Rogers Centre next year. By next June it will be back to usual with the locals having very little interest in the Argos.
In a couple of weeks the big NFL game will sell out the Rogers Centre and Torontonians will be more interested in that and the talk about the NFL coming to Toronto will dominate the Toronto media.

You just don't give up do you. Pathetic.

I think the Argos' entire season culminating in GC week and the GC victory will win over a lot of the fans who never took the CFL or the team seriously before. The logical, consistent way the team was assembled this year was a refreshing change from the town's other sports teams and sports fans can appreciate that. There are no headcases on the team from the classy Ray all the way through the lineup. There is no shortage of local guys on the team and a number of the Americans have said they'd like to bring their families north year-round--I think that counts with fans. The team is financially stable (although still in the red) which will deprive the local media of its tiresome "the sky is falling" storyline and maybe even force them to cover the games and players. I think the team's tireless community work is starting to pay dividends---my wife's elementary school had an Argos Day on Friday for students AND staff which would've been unheard of in the past.

Like it or not the CFL needs a healthy Argo franchise and I think this season and GC win will go a long way towards that goal.

An Argo-Cat fan

Mikem wrote:

"I don't buy this thing that the Argo win will be good for the league and Toronto. They will get their press coverage etc but it still won't get thousands more into the Rogers Centre next year. By next June it will be back to usual with the locals having very little interest in the Argos."

Earlier, I might have agreed with you on this point, Mike. However, there's some good stuff to excited about with THAT team. The attendance just might be better. Maybe not a great deal better, but better.

"In a couple of weeks the big NFL game will sell out the Rogers Centre"

Really????

Only if Rogers passes the tickets out like free samples, the way they have since this silliness started....

"and Torontonians will be more interested in that and the talk about the NFL coming to Toronto will dominate the Toronto media."

Wow...this from the land of wishful thinking!!!!????

I agree it is good for the league to have strongly supported A&*o team. I’ll even go as far to say it’s good for the Cats in particular. To be completely honest with out them we would lose the best rivalry in sports. We need some one to hate and Allouettes suck just doesn’t have the same ring to it. :slight_smile:

You have to give it to the Argos though, as RR said in the post-game interview, they peaked at the right time this year and put it together. They deserved the 100th yesterday I would say.

I just got 12 adjacent tickets for that game (I'm a huge Seahawks fan :frowning: ). There are plenty available still. In fact, I don't think that any of the Bills in Toronto Series games have sold out to date. I know it's only a regular season game, and shouldn't really be compared to our national championship game, but the Grey Cup sold out almost instantly, and ticket prices were 3-4 times higher. I don't understand how people think Toronto is hell-bent on supporting the NFL when they can't even sell out a single game featuring a team that is situated an hour-and-a-half down the highway.

At this point, I would say that Toronto is just not a big football town (unless you count the kind of football with faux-hawks and ties and diving, which I don't). However, the atmosphere in the Skydome last night was electric, and the crowd was overwhelmingly pro-Argos. Hopefully won over a ton of new fans last night, and they can carry the momentum over into future seasons. The more Argo fans there are, the more people we have to (cordially) hate.

Great way to look at it, DaveyP.

And mikem, don't despair. Perhaps the ancient Mayans accurately foretold the future, and the world will end sometime next month. Then CFL football will also end, and you can tell us all that you told us so.