Posted by: Jeremy | September 8, 2009

Argos pounded in Labour Day Classic

Pickett, looking to the sidelines

Pickett, looking to the sidelines (Photo credit: Paolo Cescato)

The Tiger-Cats took the Argos to school one day early. Toronto’s struggles continued in the Labour Day Classic at Ivor Wynne Stadium yesterday, as Hamilton jumped all over a mistake-filled Argo effort to hand them their fifth straight loss, 34-15.

Toronto coughed the ball up four times, was whistled for 17 penalties and dropped a handful of passes, which would’ve been a bigger deal if Cody Pickett had decided to throw downfield as opposed to toward the sidelines. Pickett completed 25-of-40 passes in his fifth career CFL start (and fifth loss) for just 217 and no touchdowns. Along with the mistakes, Bart Andrus’ conservative second half playcalling gave the Argos no chance of getting back in a game they trailed 18-10 after 30 minutes.

Hamilton, on the other hand, stretched the field, with quarterback Kevin Glenn connecting 20 times for 273 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Six of those completions and 115 yards were to former-Argo Arland Bruce III, including second half hookups of 43 and 44 yards. Afterward, Bruce added insult to injury by insisting the Argos “made the worst decision in football history” by letting him go and that “karma is a f—— b—-“. There may be some argument, but none should be coming from Andrus.

The Argos got 63 yards and a touchdown on nine carries from Jamal Robertson, but essentially abandoned the running game in the second half for Pickett’s screen game. As a result, Robertson also led Toronto with nine receptions, but picked up just 46 yards in a testament to the plan’s effectiveness. P.K. Sam, who had 75 receiving yards and two touchdowns in his season debut against Calgary Aug. 28, caught just two passes.

The loss drops the Argos to 2-7 and runs Hamilton’s record to 5-4. The teams meet for the second time in five days Friday at Rogers Centre.



  1. Bruce gets the last laugh. And I can’t say I’m upset about that.

  2. I love his post-game quote…

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