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From Hope To Nope: Toronto Argonauts 2013 Year In Review

The major Toronto sports teams all started 2013 with a lot of promise.

The Maple Leafs were knocking on the playoff door, the Blue Jays had made their big off season splash, the Raptors brought in Rudy Gay and the Argos had won the Grey Cup.

As a city we all had hope – but it didn’t last.

Here’s a look back at the year that was for the Toronto Argonauts.

The last team in the hope to nope series is the Toronto Argonauts. The 2012 Grey Cup Champions looked to have finally knocked Montreal from their throne as kings of the East.

After beating the Calgary Stampeders to reclaim the Grey Cup for the first time since 2004 they wanted to carry momentum into 2013.

Hope was in the air.

A hot start saw them surge ahead of the pack by winning five of their first seven games. They won four of the next six to sit alone atop the East with a record of 9-4.

While they stumbled into the playoffs a first round bye let them rest up for their clash with the rival Tiger-Cats. They led 24-17 at halftime and seemed ready to defend their championship.

Who can guess where this is going?

The Tiger-Cats battled back with a vengeance in the second half, as Toronto’s offence disappeared. After throwing for 279 yards and two touchdowns by the half, Ricky Ray managed to complete only five of his last 12 passes for 50 yards.

The entire Argos team managed to run for just 13 rushing yards all game.

It was a recipe for disaster. The Tiger-Cats scored 19 unanswered points to win the conference final 36-24.

After restoring the franchise to greatness in 2012, the Argos left 2013 with their tail firmly between their legs.

Now it’s hard to say they crashed as hard as the Leafs, Blue Jays and Raptors did this past year, because they did win the Grey Cup the year before and did reach the conference finals this past year.

But if the hope wasn’t to be one and done, if the hope was to supplant Montreal as the force in the East and to run off several championships in a short time frame, then it is safe to say the Argos fanbase lost some hope this year.

So like the Blue Jays, Leafs and Raptors, the 2013 season had a fan reaction that was simple to see. From hope to nope.


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