It may end by as early as Sunday evening or the inevitable gets delayed a few days, but one of these days the Raptors will do the unavoidable soul-searching and try to address many of the team’s deficiencies.
Frank Zicarelli, Toronto Sun
Probably Toronto's most knowledgeable basketball columnist, Zicarelli joined the Toronto Sun in 1986 as a high school sports writer. Has covered the Raptors and NBA since the Toronto team's inception. Lives in Toronto.
VANCOUVER — So close and yet so far away, the Ticats had a chance to win their first Grey Cup since 1999, a game coincidentally played at BC Place against Calgary.
A positional breakdown of Sunday’s Grey Cup pitting the Stamps and Ticats, two teams on the losing end of the CFL’s past two championship games. Calgary lost to the Argonauts in Toronto in 2012, while Hamilton fell to Saskatchewan in Regina last year.
The hoopla, the hype, the theatrics, the staged war of words to draw attention, the noise, they quickly and neatly disappear once game day arrives.
HAMILTON — The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are heading back to the Grey Cup.
Another day, another opportunity for players to speak their minds on the new deal the CFLPA verbally agreed to when some within the membership were prepared to strike.
"As a long-term CFL/Argo fan, I am extremely concerned that the present impasse in contract negotiations will do irreparable damage to the entire league in general and, more specifically, to the Argos, unless a swift resolution is forthcoming.
The dream football matchup is now in place, a rare opportunity for football in southern Ontario to celebrate the uniqueness and charm of three-down football.
The “For Sale” sign has yet to be erected, but eventually David Braley will divest himself of the Argos and the CFL team will change ownership hands.
It’s Grey Cup or bust for the Argos, a time when Toronto’s bandwagon fans have a chance to finally hitch a ride on the backs of a championship-worthy franchise.
In terms of litmus tests, in terms of measuring oneself against the league’s very best, the Argos would fail on both accounts.
As strange as it may appear, the CFL’s historic 100th Grey Cup may also be remembered as Braley Bowl XII.
The Argos are beginning to look like a team poised to go on a roll.
It would turn out be a classic in ways that both entertained and left many enraged.
Some how, some way, the Argos defence has been put on the backburner, reduced to the role of subordinate when so much talk has surrounded the team’s offence.
They are similar in style and yet different in how each plays the quarterback position.
The Argos were at their offensive worst, unable to run the ball, unable to pass protect, incapable of making any plays of any consequence down the field.