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Argos and Tikatz are about to get up close and physical as their rivalry resumes in earnest

Toronto Argonauts quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson goes to throw a pass as Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive back Stavros Katsantonis closes in during the first half of the Canadian Football League Eastern Conference Final game at BMO Field on Dec. 5, 2021.
Toronto Argonauts Quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson throws a pass as Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive back Stavros Katsantnis closes in the first half of the Canadian Football League Eastern Conference Finals at BMO Field on December 5, 2021. Photo by John E. Sokolovski /USA TODAY Sports

Tarvals McFaddens Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats After a two-month rivalry, the teams wrapped up their preseason with a conference at the University of Guelph.

Over the course of the next month, Argos' first-year defensive his back mouthed the bitterness and disgust that helped define this long-standing feud. I will.

He is also harsh.

In the CFL, as playoff positioning begins in earnest, Labor Day weekend often marks the unofficial start of the season.

Unofficially, Argos' season will be decided this month, beginning with a game against the visiting Tikats on Saturday.

Argos are a seemingly edgy team, though he leads the East with a 3-3 record. Discipline remains a big issue this week, and in his three remaining games with the Tiger-Cats, namely he's playing against Hamilton on August 12th, his BMO Field game on August 26th, and Tim on Labor Day. And you should check this issue. Hortons Field.

Argos has played three times on the BMO field this season, losing to Winnipeg and Ottawa after wins over Montreal in the season opener.

Anger exploded with each loss, initially along the sidelines against the Bombers. Recent events unfolded inside his locker room, and emotions spilled from the field.

At Acadia University, the Argos faced Saskatchewan his Roughriders as his home team, and the hate started before kickoff even started.

Somehow Argos needs to channel its energy in a more productive way.

It is clear that tensions are high and patience is low.

That's why Saturday's game will be a team-make-or-team-break type of game if the shenanigans continue. Players cannot fight each other.

Perhaps the timing of Hamilton's visit arrives at an ideal time.

No one argues that fists are thrown, but animosity is part of the rivalry after and between whistles as touchdowns and interceptions.

When Hamilton last visited his BMO field, his Cup qualification for Gray in 2021 was at stake.

Toronto beat the Tikats in three of his four games in the regular season last season, leaving the East at home in the Finals. Dane Evans was nearly perfect in leading Hamilton to victory, but the Tikats defense yielded no touchdowns.

But in the moments following Hamilton's victory, chaos erupted, with executive John Murphy losing his job in Toronto and possibly even the official title of general manager. Linebacker Chris Edwards was suspended by the CFL for post-game behavior.

In both cases, the two were separated from each other involving his Ticats fans. crossed the line in the case of

Argos will be tested this week. Naturally, Tikatz tries to inflict foolish punishment on Argos.

McFadden treats every match as an opportunity to get better.

At the same time, playing the same opponent over and over in such a short period of time is different.

"I played against the team twice and he was never at the level that we go through," he said McFadden.

Familiarity breeds contempt, but there's no good way to characterize what's in store for the two teams.

McFadden is aware that adjustments will be made like any other game.

With game after game he will learn more about his Ticats and fully understand the meaning of their mutual hatred.

Head of his coach Ryan Dinwiddie needs to find a way to get the offense into the end his zone.

He also needs to find a way to keep his players cool.

Last season he experienced a rivalry, but his four games in the regular season were scattered and not as cohesive as this time.

In fact, Toronto bid farewell to the divisional finals by defeating Hamilton on the BMO field in perhaps Argos' most accomplished match of the season, winning 31-12 on November 12.

"That's what we got," Dinwiddie said of the current schedule. "This is going to be a big month." The word huge comes to mind when sizing up.

Nothing is dangerous to Argos. If

touchdowns keep escaping the team and discipline goes unchecked, big changes will have to be made at every level. In the first quarter of his first six games for the

team, Argos scored a total of 10 points.

"We have to take the lead," said Dinwiddie, whose team failed to play football against Ottawa.

Dinwiddie has attempted to script his first of his ten plays, but he admits it "doesn't work."

Last Sunday, his open downs on the field led to an incomplete knockdown to his receivers.

The previous week in Regina, Argos turned the ball over five times.

At Acadia, Argos failed to score an offensive touchdown in the second half.

Argos will begin operations on Saturday with a strong offensive line. So you have to change the schematic.

Whatever they plan to do, the Argoths must be more creative in the call of play that rests on Dinwiddie's shoulders. One of the keys is to get Andrew Harris, who was a no factor against Ottawa, to work well. During his days in Winnipeg, Harris witnessed Blue's rivalry with his Bombers and Rough Riders.

He didn't face Hamilton in the pre-season finale in Guelph.

It's time to tighten the straps.

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