The Argos now know who they will be hosting at BMO Field next Sunday Afternoon in The East Final. Toronto will be facing Hamilton for a fifth time this season. A trip to the 108th Grey Cup in ironically Hamilton will be at stake.
The stage is set for next Sunday, on the heels of an impressive 23-12 eastern semi-final victory by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats over the Montreal Alouettes. The Ticats defence propelled Hamilton to a commanding performance against Montreal’s balanced attack. The Tiger-Cats stifled the Als offence with six sacks, three forced fumbles, and an interception.
Argos Very Early Eastern Final Preview
The Argos and Ticats have met four times this year. With their first and last meetings both being blowouts. Hamilton easily took the Labour Day Classic. While Toronto did the same, taking the East division crown in the Six. In between, those lopsided affairs were two games decided by only two points combined.
Preparing for one another for the fifth time should be challenging for both coaching staffs as they attempt to present new wrinkles in this matchup.
Both Hamilton and Toronto hope to be as close to full strength as possible for the East Final. Hamilton is hoping to get star receiver Bralon Addison back. At the same time, Toronto is well-rested and hoping to return many of its key players who have been on the injured list.
The Tiger-Cats are one step away from getting back to the Grey Cup after falling to the Bombers in 2019. To get back, they will have to beat Toronto. Doing so would bring Hamilton home with a chance to win it all in front of their home crowd.
The Argos will be battling rust as it will be 19 days since they last played. However, in reality, it’s been a longer layoff than that for Toronto’s top players, as nearly all of them sat out the regular-season finale against Edmonton. In actuality, It will be 23 days since the Boatmen’s starters have played, and the last time they did, it was against Hamilton with the East division on the line.
The stakes will be no higher than next Sunday. The Argos lead the all-time playoff series 14-10 over the Ticats. The last time, the Grey Cup was held in Hamilton. The Boatmen won it all 25 years ago. Can history repeat itself? We are going to find out. Starting with next Sunday’s ultimate do or die for a shot at the prize showdown between two of football’s greatest rivals.
The road to Hamilton and the Grey Cup for Toronto will have to come by beating Hamilton in the six again.