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Tuesday, September 5, 2017


HAMILTON - The Labour Day Classic has never been kind to Ricky Ray.

The Toronto Argonauts' quarterback lost his third-straight Labour Day game as a starter to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Monday with a 24-22 defeat in a thunderstorm-delayed game that took more than five hours to complete at Tim Hortons Field.

Hamilton (1-8) got its first win of the season and Toronto (4-7) remained in second place in the CFL's East Division.

"Obviously, the atmosphere's a little bit different with the Labour Day games,'' Ray said. "But the game's still the game. You get out there and play. I've been through enough of these to know what to expect coming in, to a visitor's stadium on Labour Day.

"They've just had our number, have had our number for a while, and we just haven't made the plays.''

Ray didn't have a bad night, completing 34-of-47 pass attempts for 325 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

But his personal record as a starter on Labour Day fell to 1-3 and he hasn't beaten the Ticats in this marquee matchup since 2012.

The Ticats have now won all four Labour Day games hosted since moving to their new stadium. Trevor Harris, now with Ottawa, started for the Argos in their 2015 loss.

Monday's result was a particular let-down for the 37-year-old Ray, who had a career day when these teams last met in the season opener. Toronto won that game 32-15 at BMO Field, throwing for 506 yards - a personal best and a league-high this season.

Ray is 18-11 against the Ticats overall, the most wins he's recorded against any CFL team.

(Canadian Press)


3RD and 1 said...

Besides the L O N G and boring weather delay. This game was even more boring than the weather.
Both teams offence looked terrible. If Toronto dosent smarten up. They will quickly fall further and possibly out of the incredibly weak eastern playoff contention.
I believe Toronto now goes into their bye week. They need it badly. The Coaches need to get that team playing better. As long as Ricky Ray is upright. Toronto has a chance to win. But last night is the worst I've seen Toronto play this year. If that would have been any Westernern team they were playing. They would have been destroyed. Probably wouldn't have scored a point. Their next game is Sat Sept 16th in Edmonton! Then Sept 30th in Winnipeg. Come on Trestman and Chamblin. You need your sad looking team to win those games if you want to stay in the Eastern playoff hunt. Not to mention how that helps out SK.
Go T.O. Go

Anonymous said...

Another poorly officiated game. Incomplete pass that was a fumble, no yards when players were outside the five yard range. You have video replay and you still can't get it right. Terrible!

Anonymous said...

I thought that Riders were the only team that didn't have a dependable QB. Goes to show most fans don't have a clue

Anonymous said...

We're on our way now
We just can't be beat
La la la la la_
We got that Tiger Pride,
a feeling you just can't hide deep inside
Tiger Pride_
Tiger Pride_
La la la la la_

Anonymous said...

Glad to see the Cats win! Always had fun partying with their fans! Mutual respect! Unlike Winnipeg, who are nothing but drunken thugs!

Anonymous said...

Refs and the cfl command center pretty much gave ham that game. The calls late were absolutely pathetic . How is that PI on Rico murray or not a fumble by masoli. Two pretty cappy teams but u gotta call it fair and right.