Let's get it on.
I have been waiting for this game all season. Finally, the Labour Day Classic is upon us.
This year, Labour Day actually has meaning for the first time in half a decade. Both the Cats and Argos are in the thick of the playoff race, and with Anthony Calvillo injured, each team could be poised to make a run at first place in the East Division.
The last time these two teams met, the Tiger-Cats came out victorious in a hard-fought, tightly contested game. That game was in Toronto and ended 16-12. The Argos, it would be safe to assume, would like to return the favour. For them to accomplish that, the Argos will need to establish the running game with Cory Boyd. Cleo Lemon has yet to show he can take the team on his back and win a game. If it comes down to Lemon being forced to make plays, I don't like Toronto's chances.
Hamilton comes in to the Classic with momentum squarely behind them. Not only did they defeat the Argos in their previous meeting, but they are on a three-game winning streak. The Cats haven't lost since July 31st. The running game for Hamilton seems to be picking up steam as DeAndra' Cobb has had two straight good games, and seems to have put his early-season struggles behind him. Kevin Glenn has been lights out almost all season, and the Argos Defense is going to have to keep Glenn and the passing game at bay in order to win this game. The Argos will also have to find a way to stop Arland Bruce. Bruce leads the league in receiving yards and has been on a tear as of late. If Bruce gets going, it could be a long day for the Boatmen.
The atmosphere for the Classic will be intense as always. It's once again sold out, and I expect the 30,000 or so rabid fans at Ivor Wynne to be loud and raucous all afternoon. It's going to be one hell of a game to be at.
For everyone who will be attending, do not forget that the Purolator Tackle Hunger program will be there. So please, bring a non-perishable food item to donate for those less fortunate. Let's all do our part to help those who need it.
The radio broadcast will, as always, be handled by AM900 CHML and Y108. The television duties will be handled by TSN and TSN HD.