Toronto Argonauts CFL Schedule
The Toronto Argonauts is hoping to make the 2015 CFL season their sweet eighteen.
The Grey Cup finals are recognized for bringing out the best in everything. The finals bring out the best in players, as members of both competing teams provide their undivided attention to the game, cognizant that the scale can tip at any second. The Grey Cup final championship also produces some of the best moments in football. With victory and glory merely a stone’s throw away, the intensity and thrill of the championship is enough to steal our breaths and raise the hairs on our arms.
Lastly, the finals also have the ability to bring out the best inter-divisional rivalries.
Edmonton Eskimos, Hamitlon Tiger-Cats, Ottawa Redblacks (Rough Riders)
Toronto Argonauts vs. Edmonton Eskimos
Take the Toronto Argonauts and the Edmonton Eskimos. While these two titans meet infrequently during the regular season, they have forged a thrilling rivalry simply based on their encounters during the Grey Cup final.
Each time that the Argos and the Eskimos have met in the final, the occasion has been momentous and unforgettable. The first instance in which both teams faced each other in the championship game was during the 9th Grey Cup in 1921. This was the first east-west Grey Cup championship in Canadian history, and ended with the victory of the Argos.
And what about the epic and intense 1987 Grey Cup championship, when the Eskimos defeated the Argos 38-36 due to a last second field-goal?
And who could forget the iconic Snow Bowl of 1996, when the Argos narrowly defeated the Eskimos despite heavy snow, freezing temperatures, and vicious winds?
The Argonauts-Eskimos rivalry was born in the Grey Cup final, and has since thrived in the championship game. Both teams are among the most successful teams in Canadian football history, and so it’s only a matter of time before we’re graced with another superb championship game.
Toronto Argonauts vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
On October 18, 1873, the Toronto Argonauts defeated the Hamilton Football Club at the University of Toronto. This was the first ever meeting between Toronto and Hamilton in the world of Canadian football, and ignited a rivalry of unprecedented intensity and significance.
On November 17, 2013, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats dominated the Toronto Argonauts at the Rogers Centre in the eastern finals, proving that the rousing rivalry is alive and well, even after all these years.
The rivalry between the Argonauts and the Tiger-Cats is above and beyond any other clash or matchup in the CFL. Since the inception of the Labour Day Classic, it has become a tradition for the two teams to face each other in Hamilton during the unique, competitive week.
The rallying cry of “Argos suck!” The never-ending obscenities hurled at members of the opposing team. The ruthless fist fights taking place in the stands. There’s an abundance of bad blood between the two teams, and it doesn’t seem to be drying any time soon. At the same time, however, it’s almost as if both teams (and their loud, dedicated fans) just love to hate each other.
The significance of the CFL’s most celebrated rivalry extends far beyond raucous fist fights and chants. Toronto is Canada’s opulent, prosperous, and dazzling metropolis, standing tall above the rest due to its success and excellence. Meanwhile, 50 km west of Toronto along the Queen Elizabeth Way, the port city of Hamilton is elegant in its simplicity, and boasts a diverse environment with peaceful neighborhoods. In the Argonauts and Tiger-Cats rivalry, the top of the heap are pitted against the underdogs, and the suits go head-to-head with the blue collar workers.
The Argonauts and Tiger-Cats rivalry has always been one of the most riveting aspects of the CFL. As the Argos attempt to improve upon their 8-10 record from last season while tackling an ownership change, the Tiger-Cats will try to avenge their narrow 16-20 Grey Cup championship defeat at the hands of the Calgary Stampeders during the conclusion of the 2014 season.
Toronto Argonauts vs. Ottawa Redblacks (Rough Riders)
Let the rivalry begin anew!
New teams mean inevitable new rivalries. Last season, the Toronto Argonauts witnessed the return of a foe that resonates geographically and historically to Canada’s chief metropolis.
Indeed, last season marked the big debut of the highly-anticipated Ottawa Redblacks. Carrying on the legacies of the Ottawa Rough Riders and the Ottawa Renegades, the Redblacks took their place at the renovated TD Place Stadium under the leadership of head coach Rick Campbell, general manager Marcel Desjardins, and assistant general manager Brock Sunderland. While the Ottawa Redblacks underperformed and finished with a disappointing 2-16 record last season, there is still time for the team to utilize its limitless potential.
Meanwhile, the Argonauts have been on fire over the last few seasons. In 2012, the Argos clinched the 100th Grey Cup after defeating the Calgary Stampeders 35-22 in the championship final. This major win allowed the celebrated team to win their sixteenth Grey Cup title. Then, in 2013, the Argonauts were narrowly vanquished by their rivals the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the division finals. This season, all eyes are on Coach Scott Milanovich and quarterback Ricky Ray! While Ray has been statistically prosperous over the last few seasons, his bright career may be compromised from shoulder injuries. Can backup quarterback Trevor Harris rise to the occasion? Will the Argos play another stellar season? Does the team have what it takes to take home another Grey Cup? Or will the Argonauts crack under the pressure?
And what will happen when Canada’s capital goes head-to-head with Canada’s largest city? Geographically, the proximity between Ottawa and Toronto makes the Argos ideal rivals for the Redblacks. As if that wasn’t enough, the Argos might have some unfinished business with the Redblacks’ predecessors; the Rough Riders and the Renegades. The seeds are planted for what can potentially become one of the most stimulating and lively rivalries in CFL history!