Sunday, 2 September 2012

Preview: Argonauts at Tiger-Cats


We've waited two years for this matchup, but real Labour Day Classic is back! Last year we put up with the Labour Day Classique, and while it was nice to watch the Cats smash the Als, it just wasn't the same. Well, for the final season at Ivor Wynne Stadium, we get to enjoy one last real Labour Day Classic between the Tiger-Cats and the Argonauts.

Sentimentality aside, this is actually a really important game for both teams. One game separates the two and with back-to-back games against one another, the winner of the first game will be able to breathe a little easier going into the rematch on Saturday.

Chris Williams can't do it all by himself, so the Tiger-Cat offense is going to have to start producing. This feels like one of those games where Henry Burris is going to remind everyone why he is headed for the Hall of Fame after his career is over. This also feels like a game where Andy Fantuz is going to dominate. I am expecting some big things from the passing offense.

The running game will also see a boost of explosiveness with the return of Chevon Walker. Walker missed the last game with an injury, and while his return likely means a return to the bench for Avon Cobourne, Walker can take one to the house on any play and that could be useful against a stingy Toronto defense.

We all know the difficulties the Tiger-Cat defense has tried to overcome over the course of the season, but Toronto is a team they could get things on track against. The Argos pass protection has been atrocious so far this season, so getting to Ricky Ray might be easier for the maligned Tiger-Cat front four. Add in some well-time blitzes from Rey Williams and Jamall Johnson and it could be a long day for the Argo offense.

And I'd be in dereliction of duty if I didn't somehow mention Chris Williams. The last time Williams faced the Argos as his breakout game on special teams. He took two kicks back for touchdowns, a punt and a missed field goal, and won his first of three Special Teams Player of the Week awards because of it. With Earl Winfield in the house and being honoured at halftime for his 1988 Labour Day performance, I think the stars are aligning for another Chris Williams show tomorrow afternoon.

The crowd will be large and loud for the final Labour Day Classic at Ivor Wynne Stadium and the fans will be hoping the home side gets the victory and takes over second place from their provincial rivals. The last Classic at Ivor Wynne Stadium gets underway at 1 p.m.

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