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Argonauts: Mike Bradwell & Aliya-Jasmine Sovani in Hawaii

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Now I’ll admit I’ve been mostly oblivious to the storm that’s taken grip of the GTA, mainly due to a combination of my narcissism and living in a downtown Condo. However, I’ve read and seen enough evidence, courtesy of my friends on social media, to know it’s pretty nasty out there.

As such, all I can ask is that you’re all extra careful if you decide to venture outside. Either that, or do what the Argonauts Mike Bradwell and MTV’s Aliya-Jasmine Sovani did, and go on a vacation to Hawaii.

Photo credits: @aliyajasmine

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Argonauts: Exclusive charity prize offer for Blue Toro readers

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You may remember the Give Back Campaign we told you the Argonauts are currently involved in with GreedyGiver, aimed at helping raising money for worthy Canadian causes.  You don’t? Fine. Well, either way, we can now confirm we have joined forces with both organisations, to make an exclusive offer to Blue Toro’s readers.

Visit GreedyGiver.com to donate $10 to the cause of your choice and be rewarded with 50% off tickets for the  October 24th home clash with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Kick off is at  7:30pm. You get to pick between a pair of silver tickets ($59, normally $118) or gold tickets. ($82, normally $164) – first come, first served in terms of available sections & rows.

Now this is where it gets really interesting!  Every Blue Toro reader that buys tickets through the Give Back Campaign on GreedyGiver.com is going to be entered into a prize draw.  The winners will  receive $50 to spend at the game, plus an Argos Prize Pack, which  includes two Official Grey Cup Commemorative Cups and a “Journey to the  Grey Cup” Documentary DVD.

Depending on how many Blue Toro readers enter, there will be at least two of these prizes, so what are you waiting for?  After making your donation, email your unique voucher security code to admin@greedygiver.com, to be entered into the draw, confirming you saw the offer at www.bluetoro.ca.

As if to entice you further still, each voucher entitles you to one entry, so multiple donations will get you multiple entries into the competition!  To learn more about the campaign in general, or to add your own charity to the list for this fundraiser, click here.

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Argonauts Give Back Campaign: Help charity & get 50% off ticket prices

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Fancy helping some good causes, while also scoring some reduced prime seats for an Argonauts game?  If so, you’ve come to the right place.  (Well, that’s not strictly true, because we’re only telling you about it, but you get the idea.)

The Argonauts are leading a drive, to help raise money for Canadian causes.  And to really entice people to get involved, they are letting you decide the charity you want to support, as well as choosing your game tickets.

Click here to decide which cause you’d like to donate $10 to, and get 50% off ticket prices for the October 24th home clash with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Kick off is at 7:30pm, and you get to pick between a pair of silver tickets ($59, normally $118) or gold tickets. ($82, normally $164)

If you’d like to learn more about this offer, or wish to add your own charity to the list for this fundraising campaign, go here.

Photo credit: http://www.greedygiver.com

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Argonauts: Chad Kackert named CFL offensive player of the week

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Congratulations to Chad Kackert, who has been named CFL offensive player of the week, for week 14.  The 2012 Grey Cup MVP rushed for 155 yards and two touchdowns on just 11 carries against the Eskimos.

Kackert also added one reception for 12 yards in the 34-22 win.  This is the third time he has received the award during his CFL career.

What makes the award even more satisfying is that the running back has been beset by injury issues during this season.  The game in Edmonton marked his 100-yard rushing game since the week 1 win against the Ti-Cats.

However, Kackert wasn’t the only Argonauts who earned honours this week, with Trent Guy winning the CFL special teams player award.  He returned four kickoffs for 131 yards and five punts for 50 yards at Commonwealth Stadium and this marks the third time he has won the award.

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Argonauts beat Roughriders 31-29: Chad Kackert gets the game ball

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With Toronto FC now eliminated from the playoffs and the Blue Jays two losses away from the same fate, the Argonauts saved the day with a 31-29 victory in Saskatchewan.  In one of the most exciting games I’ve watched in a while (involving any of Toronto’s teams’), the Double Blue showed why they’re the best road team in the CFL, with the Roughriders suffering their first home-loss of the season.

No Ricky Ray? No Chad Owens? No problem.  It’s often said that adversity doesn’t build character, it reveals it.  In which case, the Argonauts showed theirs in abundance.

And the Argos resolve was tested even more, when starting running back Chad Kackert was forced to leave the game after only just returning from injury.  Fortunately, Jerious Norwood stepped in and rushed for 73 yards, including his first CFL touchdown.

This team really seems to be coming together now and you can tell that they’re fighting for each other, as evidenced by this message posted by Kackert on Instagram:

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There’s a long way to go yet, but you have to like the Argonauts chances of returning to Saskatchewan in November.  And yes, I realise that there’s every chance I’ve just put the hex on them. (Which I’ve now blatantly attempted to nullify with the reverse-jinx.)

Photo credit: chadkackert – Instagram

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Argonauts: Think you could play in the CFL?

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I’ll admit I have a major chip on my shoulder about how underappreciated the Argonauts are in this city.  Ever since first coming to Toronto in 2006 and going to a game, I’ve heard all the barbs about what a joke the CFL is.

(Seriously, there were people actually sat behind me in the Skydome, who spent the entire time bitching about how inferior the Argonauts are compared to NFL teams.  True or not, why the hell did you even come to the game?!  Buffalo and Detroit are only as short joyride away for you.)

Anyway, it’s time for some of these people to put their money where their mouth is, both figuratively and literally.  If you think the CFL is such a joke and anyone can play for a team, prove it.

With CFL rosters expanding on October 5th, teams will be increasing practice teams by five players.  As part of the Argonauts efforts to find the right players, they will be holding several free agent camps across the United States, details of which, you can find below :

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And for anyone saying California, or even North Carolina, is too far to travel, just to prove how easy it is to make a CFL team, think again.  The Argonauts are also holding a camp in Buffalo:

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The camps will provide the Argonauts with an opportunity to physically test hopeful players and evaluate if they would fit the CFL brand of football.  The wide field, 20 second clock and three downs require speed and mobility.

If you wish to register for one of these camps, notify the director of player personnel, Ted Goveia, via email: tgovei@argonauts.ca

Films and bios are also welcome.  To submit either, contact the Player Personnel Department at tryouts@argonauts.ca for more details.

Good luck to everyone who enters!  Well, unless you’re one of those punks who were sat behind me, slagging off the CFL.  In which case, break a leg. Literally. (Wow, that chip on my shoulder is getting bigger by the minute.)

Photo credit: www.argonauts.ca

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Argonauts to honour 1983 Grey Cup team

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This Friday, the Argonauts will be honouring their 1983 Grey Cup championship team at the home game against the Stampeders.  The celebrations will begin at 5:30pm, with the pre-game tailgate party outside Gate 11.

This will be followed by a pre-game autograph session inside Windows at 6:00pm.  The 1983 team will then come together once again on the field, during a halftime ceremony in honour of their accomplishments.

The 1983 win is regarded as one of the most important championships in the history of the Argonauts, as it ended a 31-year Grey Cup drought.  Despite being underdogs, they upset the Lions 18-17 in front of their own fans at B.C. Place Stadium.

In preparation for Friday’s festivities, fans are invited to an all access event tomorrow night at Real Sports apparel in downtown Toronto, between 6:00pm-7:30pm.  In attendance for an exclusive Q&A session will be 1983 Grey Cup winners, Jan Carinci and Dan Ferrione (pictured above), along with Andre Durie and Jeff Keeping from the current squad.

Afterwards, fans who acquire a special wristband will get the opportunity to meet all four players, who will be signing autographs.  Also, anyone who purchases any limited edition 1983 merchandise, will receive two tickets to the 100th Grey Cup rematch against the Stampeders at the Skydome.

Photo credit: www.argonauts.ca

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Argonauts holding 19th annual Corn Roast today

Despite working in an industry that’s theoretically meant to be objective, we all know that’s a crock, whether it be the influences of an employer, personal agendas and so on.  However, despite my preference for the Argonauts, there’s no denying they are currently (and historically) the most successful of Toronto’s seven professional teams.

Anyway, this is an extremely long-winded way of saying if you fancy hanging out with the Grey Cup champions, you should head down to 11363 Bathurst Street, Richmond Hill, (four km north of Major Mackenzie Drive) for today’s 19th annual Argonauts Corn Roast.

You’ll get the chance to meet current and former Argonauts players at the event, which takes places between 1:00pm-6:00pm.  There’s a whole range of activities taking place, including a BBQ, live entertainment, a raffle and a silent auction, with proceeds going to the Argos and Michael “Pinball” Clemons foundations.

And the beauty is, you can even go along under the pretence of telling your wife it’s for some good old fashioned family fun.  Admission is just $15.00, with children under 12 getting in for few.

Here’s a few highlights from last year’s Argonauts Corn Roast, to whet your appetite:

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Rob Ford vows to find the Argonauts a new stadium

There”s no denying the Argonauts have various on-field issues right now, from key injuries on offence, to a defence that barely resembles last season”s line-up (literally!)  However, all of this is minor (and theoretically fixable), especially when compared to the concerns over the long-term future of the team in Toronto.

More specifically, the question remains as to where the Argonauts will play their home games when the Blue Jays make their transition to a grass field?  Well, fear not loyal Argos fans, because help is at hand, in the guise of Rob Ford!

Fresh off a trip to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers admittedly impressive new stadium (boy, it hurts saying that), the mayor shared his thoughts with the Toronto media:

The logistics and reality of Ford”s suggestions aside, I must confess I”m not too sure how to feel about his involvement.  On the one hand, this is a guy who quit his very public weight loss challenge and has given us numerous unintentional comedy moments, such as this one:

On the flip side, however, this guy”s , no matter how the Toronto Star attempts to spin it and he does appear to carry some weight in this city. (Pun half intended).  In that respect, maybe, just maybe, Ford is exactly what the Argonauts need to help them find a new stadium.

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Toronto Argonauts: 2012 season in review

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We’ve finally arrived! Tonight, the Argonauts start their defence of the Grey Cup at the Rogers Centre against arch-rivals, the Hamilton Tiger Cats.

However, before the 2013 campaign begins, let’s take one last look at the 2012 season, which ended with the Argonauts winning the 100th Grey Cup, right here in Toronto.

(For maximum effect, best watched on a 90 inch screen projector with two loud speakers, a crate of your favourite beer and several friends.) 

Photo credit: www.argonauts.ca

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