Posted by: Jeremy | July 10, 2009

Argos ready to kick off home schedule


Kerry Joseph: Looking to pick up where he left off in the opener

Kerry Joseph: Looking to pick up where he left off in the opener

Forget the old “just another game” cliché – Argos rookie head coach Ben Andrus is actually pretty excited about the team’s home opener, which doubles as his regular season debut in Toronto.

“It’s the home opener,” he said after practice Thursday. “It’s everything to be excited about. We’ve had an extra long week and guys have prepared really hard.”

Andrus and the Argos host the Saskatchewan Roughriders Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre. Though the Argos opened the season with a win in Hamilton on Canada Day, 30-17, Andrus still thinks the team can be better.

“There’s always room for improvement both offensively and defensively,” he said. “I’d like to see the return game improve, not have as many penalties on both sides of the ball – things like that. I’m looking forward to seeing the transition to a new opponent.”

That opponent – the Roughriders – is coming off a season-opening 28-24 home win over B.C. and figures to be a tougher foe than the Tiger Cats, who Toronto has faced in back-to-back games dating back to the pre-season. However, after consecutive 12 win seasons (and a Grey Cup win in 2007), there remain some question marks in Saskatchewan – mainly at the quarterback position. Last year the team picked up Michael Bishop from Toronto early in the season, but released the veteran in the off-season. This year they’re counting on North Carolina-product Darian Durant, who threw for 313 yards but was intercepted three times in the opener.

The Argos, meanwhile, will be looking to pick up similar production from their opening night standouts. Jamal Roberston, who won the starting running back spot in training camp, rushed for 134 yards and earned CFL Offensive Player of the Week honours. Quarterback Kerry Joseph looked primed to bounce back from a disappointing 2008 season, throwing for 227 yards and three touchdowns. Toronto also received a boost yesterday when Michael Jackson-enthusiast Arland Bruce III, who has been battling haemorrhoids much of the week, declared himself ready to play.

Regardless of how they get it done, the Argos will be looking to get their home schedule started on the right foot after a disastrous 2008 campaign. If last week’s win over Hamilton was any indication, the team seems prepared and ready to make the necessary turnarounds. The game kicks off at 1 pm at Rogers Centre.

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  2. GOOD preview Jeremy, sorry about the lateness, but Louis, doesnt know how to upload a picture…duh!!

  3. Come on Vin Diesel!


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