The Argos season came to a premature end on Sunday, as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats mounted a second half comeback and stunned the Argos 36–24. The Argos, up 24–17 at the half, had no answer as the Ticats put up 19 unanswered points to win the Canadian Football League Eastern Conference Finals.
The Tiger-Cats are heading to the Grey Cup for the first time this century, while the Argos are left shaking their heads, wondering what could have been. They wasted a Ricky Ray outing that by halftime looked like a game for the ages. Ray ended up 22–32 for 329 yards and two TDs, which on paper is a solid stat line.
That being said, Ray was 17–20 with 279 yards and both TDs by halftime. In the second half, the Argos defence couldn’t get off the field, and Ray went 5–12 for 50 yards. The Argos combined for just 13 total rushing yards all game.
Fans who remember an electric atmosphere inside the Rogers Centre last year in the 100th Grey Cup game experienced a very different feel this past weekend. Unfortunately for the home team Argos, it was Ticats fans that outnumbered the Argo faithful. Most fans seemed more interested in Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who arrived around halftime in his ‘Mayor Ford’ Argo jersey.
The Argos second half was a lot like the last few weeks for Mayor Ford, a complete disaster. Don’t forget that CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon had asked Ford to stay away from the game after causing controversy at city hall while wearing an Argos jersey.
So that must be it, then: Ford jinxed the hometown Argos!
Kidding aside this is the kind of loss that can haunt a player during the off-season. It would be polite to describe it as a ‘collapse’. At the half the Tiger-Cats looked lucky to be hanging around. They then put up 18 first downs in the half to only two for Toronto. They gained 308 yards while Toronto could only manage 56. Now they’re on the way to Regina to play the hometown Roughriders and Toronto is left wondering what could have been.