"The Argos right now have a HUGE and IMO unfair competitive advantage having so many KEY late season games in their own park without having to be out on the road at all for five of the most critical and hardest fought games of a CFL season." ... by TravelPatB
Home field can help but I don't agree with your perception that the Argos have a "HUGE" edge over the competition. In my opinion every game should be a critical game unless a team has already been eliminated from playoff contention or the team cannot go any higher in the standings.
The Lions just played one critical game at home against, none other the Argos, and the Lions lost. So much for home field advantage.
Would you be saying this if it were your team that had the kind of schedule the Argos have been given? I guess we won't really know.
I think what's really bugging you is that the Ti-Cats and Argos are developing into the two "top" teams in the East and only one can host the Eastern Final. The Argos have the edge because they play the Ti-Cats two more times and both games are in Toronto. Too bad so sad.
The crowd can help but the crowd does not win games. In fact I've heard players say they revel going into a game as the visiting team and dishing out some whoop a** to the home team and the home crowd. I don't think the players are all that concerned.
It is what it is TPB. If you really think the Argos have a huge competitive home field edge going into the final stretch I'd like to see if it is true. Have there been other seasons during the past 20 or 30 years where a team plays so many consecutive home games in the final stretch and if so did it work to the home team's advantage? I'm not going to bother looking it up because I don't really care all that much but I think you're stretching it when you suggest the schedule is not fair. If your team is good enough it will get the job done no matter where it plays.
The task of scheduling games has become more complicated with the number of teams renovating and building new stadiums adding to stadium availability issues that are increasing in Toronto, Vancouver and other centres (including the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in five CFL centres) as well as television requirements.