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Argonauts: 300 lb Marcus Thomas does backwards flip off wall

Defensive linemen aren’t usually known for their athleticism. However, the Argonauts Marcus Thomas proved that he doesn’t exactly fit the stereotype:

Okay, I think we saw a bit more than we bargained for there at the end. Let’s hope Thomas sticks to scaring his opponents once the 2014 season begins.

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Argonauts: Natey Adjei bench presses 380 lbs

The Argonauts have today announced the signing of Natey Adjei. And it turns out the 6 ft and 180 lb wide receiver is one strong dude:

Remind me not to piss the guy off if I ever meet him. The Mississauga native can also run the 40-yard dash in 4.37 seconds, so I can’t even outrun him.

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Argonauts: 4th in CFL off-season power rankings

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The Argonauts may be the only one of Toronto’s pro sports teams not currently playing, but there’s still lots to do ahead of the new season. Errrr……………..that’s assuming there is a new season to prepare for, what with the ongoing CBA negotiations.

Anyway, www.cfl.ca have released their off-season power rankings, and they’ve placed the Argonauts at number four. Four?! Can you believe that?!?! Don’t the CFL realise the Argos made it to the East Final……………………………(thinking)……………………which means they made it to final four. Okay, scrap that thought.

Here’s what the folks at www.cfl.ca had to say about the Double Blue:

“The off-season has been an interesting one for Jim Barker and the Argonauts, as the team was seemingly saying ‘goodbye’ more often than ‘welcome’ on defence. While Shea Emry was indeed a strong signing, the Boatmen proceeded to part ways with key veterans like Marcus Ball, Khalif Mitchell and Dontrelle Inman, Pat Watkins and Andrew Jones to the Eskimos, and David Lee to the Roughriders.

But perhaps more importantly, the Double Blue was forced to say goodbye to defensive coordinator Chris Jones, who took over as head coach in Edmonton, as well as special teams coordinator Mike O’Shea, who moved to Winnipeg to take on his first head coaching gig. Will the Boatmen be able to to steer their ship to another first-place finish?”

All interesting and fair points. Personally, I’m excited about the addition of Kyle Moore and Kevin Thomas, with both players hopefully providing a welcome boost to the defence.

However, if the Argonauts are to return to the Grey Cup in 2014, health will be key on the offensive side of the ball. They can’t afford to have the likes of Chad Kackert and Ricky Ray missing significant time again, as they did last season.

Photo credit: @TorontoArgos

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Argonauts: Mar wins final spot on 2014 Argos cheerleader team

I made it pretty damn clear I wanted Krista to win the final spot on the 2014 Argos cheerleaders team. But, I guess I have to give credit where it’s due.

Congratulations to Mar, for winning the final blue rose and joining the squad. Here’s the moves that convinced people to vote for her:

Hold on, how did that happen? I’ll tell you what though, that Krista is pretty good though, eh? (Editors note – Will you let it go. It’s over!) 

Sorry, sorry. Let’s try again:

(Don’t worry Krista. There’s always next year.)

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Argonauts: Kyle Moore & Kevin Thomas bolster defence

The Argonauts have made a couple of key additions to their team, with the signing of Kyle Moore and Kevin Thomas. The two previously played together for the USC Trojans, winning the Rose Bowl championship in 2008.

The signings should prove to be a welcome boost to the Argonauts defence, especially after the release of CFL All-Star Khalif Mitchell. Both players bring NFL experience to Toronto.

Moore was drafted 117th overall by the Buccaneers in 2009, and went on to play two seasons in Tampa Bay. After being released, the defensive end signed with the Bills, where he recorded 28 tackles and three sacks in 12 games during 2011 & 2012. The 2009 Senior Bowl invitee also spent time with the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears.

Thomas was a 2010 third round draft pick by the Indianapolis Colts, but had to wait until 2011 to make his NFL debut, after suffering a knee injury. The cornerback made nine appearances in total, including five starts, recording 20 tackles and 13 special teams tackles, before being traded to the Eagles.

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Argonauts: Vote for the final Argos cheerleader

Times running out to vote for the final member of the 2014 Argos cheerleaders team. The media are meant to be objective, but Jack Douglas doesn’t play by the rules.

As far as I’m concerned, Krista should make the squad. She’s cute, she’s friendly and she’s got some great moves:

You know it makes sense. Click here and vote for Krista.

Editors note – Voting closes at 12:00 pm ET tomorrow.

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Argonauts: Vote for the final spot on the 2014 Argos cheerleaders

Right, you lot need something to take your mind off the injuries to Jose Reyes and Kyle Lowry. This should do it.

Over the weekend, the Argonauts held their cheerleader auditions to join the 2014 squad. However, there’s still one more spot to be filled. Here’s the three lovely young ladies still in with a chance of making the team:

MAR

AMELIA

KRISTA

It’s hard isn’t it? (Editor note – I trust that double entendre wasn’t intentional.) If you can make up your mind, click here to choose who you want on the Argos cheerleader squad.

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Argonauts: 2014 Argos cheerleaders finals

Not much usually goes on in Scarborough, but the Argonauts changed that yesterday (for one day at least), when they hosted the 2014 Argos cheerleaders finals in the town centre. In total, 48 girls performed live, for the chance to get one of 35 spots on this year’s team.

The panel of judges included Argos cheerleader head coach Jorie Brown, Canadian musician Karl Wolf and 680 News music report Rudy Blair. See the gallery below for highlights of what was a fun afternoon.

Photo credits: @TorontoArgos & @ArgosCheer

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Argonauts: Andre Durie swims with whales in Hawaii

What’s a professional athlete to do during their off-season? Well, in the case of the Argonauts Andre Durie, it meant going to Hawaii to swim with some whales.

(At least I’m going to assume it was the Argos slotback, because you don’t actually see him in the video at any point!)

Let’s hope the CFL and the CFLPA can resolve their differences in the current collective-bargaining negotiations. Otherwise, Durie may find he has some extra time to spend visiting Hawaii.

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Argonauts: Cheerleaders lipdub Nicki Minaj’s “Starships”

Okay, so it turns out we’re not quite out of the woods just yet, with more snow forecast for today. As such, we could all use some cheering up and it comes courtesy of the Argonauts cheerleaders.

The girls recently shot their 2014 Swimsuit calendar in Puerto Rico, St. Thomas & St. Maarten aboard the cruise ship ‘Celebrity Reflection’…………………(thinking)……………….Hey, I just realised! That means I missed out. I was looking forward to another chance to meet the girls, especially after attending last year’s photo shoot. Dammit!

Anyway…………they decided to have some fun and film their own video to Nicki Minaj’s “Starships”. Something tells me you’re going to enjoy it. And not because of the choice of music:

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