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Argos Slip by RedBlacks, continue fight against adversity

It’s not often we’re treated to CFL football on a Tuesday night but Toronto and Ottawa gave us exactly that – a treat.

The story of the game can be told with one screenshot...

That game-winning catch by Chad Owens was nothing short of incredible – definitely the catch of the year, especially considering the timing of the grab: 30 seconds left in the 4th quarter. Talk about clutch.

I feel like we all need to take a moment and appreciate what exactly the Toronto Argonauts have done this season. The Argos are a franchise that’s in a very important transition phase – new ownership takes over at the end of the year and they’ll be moving into a new stadium next season.

The Pan-Am Games kept the Argos out of Rogers Centre to begin the season so they didn’t have a home game until *Week 7*. Now they’ve been booted out of Rogers Centre *again* because the Blue Jays are in the playoffs for the first time in 22 years; Tuesday’s game was therefore technically a “home game,” though there was no home field advantage at all. This is nothing new for the 2015 Argos, as they opened their season, again, as the “home team” in Fort McMurray, Alberta, by beating the heavily-favoured Eskimos.

And the Argos are doing it with their future Hall of Fame quarterback Ricky Ray, instead enjoying all this success with Trevor Harris, who has done nothing but impress. They’ve done with three rookie receivers in Kevin Elliott, Vidal Hazelton, and Tori Gurley. Many picked Toronto to finish last in the East, but they’re here fighting for a home playoff game, maybe the last CFL game ever played at Rogers Centre.

This doesn’t make the Canadian Football League amateur: It makes Rogers Centre ownership amateur. They’ve tried and tried to kick the Argonauts out of their house by threatening to bring in the Buffalo Bills for good in a series of games that ultimately wasn’t successful at all, and they’ve threatened to bring in real grass for the Blue Jays to play on (it will happen in time for the 2018 season). They’ve made sure the Argos have had the worst schedule in the league over the past few years, but the Argos just won’t go away.

In addition, Rogers has the worst atmosphere in the CFL and that’s not because of the “lack” of fans: It’s because of its design. The venue is nothing but a giant cave and I see nothing but positive things about the Argos going to BMO Field in 2016. Quite frankly, Rogers Centre doesn’t deserve to host any more Grey Cups and reap the rewards.

It’s sad that North America’s oldest pro sports franchise has to move to truly be accepted but believe me, those Argo fans are going to bring an awesome atmosphere to their new stadium.

This year, that big “A” on the Argonauts’ helmet stands for *adversity* and Toronto has done nothing but conquer it.

– written by Travis Currah