SportsNet does a major dissection of the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts, who lost 10 of their final 11 games and ended up in the basement of the Eastern Division.
This is what Argos president and CEO Michael Copeland, hired before the 2016 season, was referring to when he vowed to “create some magic” around football in Toronto: A great stadium and environment playing host to a marquee win by a likeable team that you can get behind.
Jaded as fans tend to be to such grandiose statements, for a while at least it seemed like anything was possible for the Argos. A move out of Rogers Centre—where the atmosphere had become stale—to BMO Field was a major step for the Double Blue. And it wasn’t just a new grass field and outdoor setting, either. Toronto city council, led by mayor John Tory, brought tailgating—complete with beer at $4 a can—to Argonauts home games. An off-season full of positive momentum was building towards a season that would culminate with Toronto hosting the 2016 Grey Cup.
But that momentum stopped just as jarringly as Heath’s interception cut down Hamilton’s comeback bid on Sunday, Sept. 11.