Toronto Argonauts quarterback Ricky Ray will have another chance to prove his worth to a hesitant fan base on Sunday, with the added bonus of facing the team that off-loaded him in a surprising trade last winter. The Argos host the Edmonton Eskimos in the East Division semi-final at Rogers Centre, two weeks before the stadium plays host to the 100th Grey Cup.
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Score: Edmonton Eskimos 7, Toronto Argonauts 7, second quarter
1:54 p.m. — And Chad Owens just did a heck of a thing.
1:49 p.m. — Ray checks down, dumps a short pass over the middle to running back Chad Kackert for a 12-yard touchdown pass. Argos and Eskimos are tied 7-7, with 12:48 left until halftime.
1:45 p.m. — Argos quarterback Ricky Ray misses receiver Chad Owens by approximately 15 feet in the end zone. Eskimos cornerback Joe Burnett appears to intercept, but the ruling is overturned on video review.
1:37 p.m. — After another Ricky Ray misfire, the Argos are forced to punt. It is not a great one from veteran Noel Prefontaine — who has seen some crazy things over his Toronto career — and the Eskimos start with decent field position. Luckily for the Argos, Eskimos running back Cory Boyd fumbles on the second play of the possession. Toronto will open the second quarter on the Edmonton 27 yard line.
1:35 p.m.: So, about this crowd …
That crowd at the Argos game is really small…I guess Toronto fans forgot that home playoff games are important.—
Graeme Billinghurst (@SilverfoxTFC) November 11, 2012
Seriously, if you can't do a solid sell of a cultural rarity in Toronto – a playoff game – you might want to reassess.—
Damien Cox (@DamoSpin) November 11, 2012
1:33 p.m. — Eskimos quarterback Kerry Joseph evades a sack in the pocket, hurdles one of his own offensive lineman, straight-arms another defender and narrowly misses a long completion on second down. This is not the Kerry Joseph who bombed out of Toronto not that long ago.
1:27 p.m. — Argos quarterback Ricky Ray telegraphs a long throw to Mike Bradwell on second down, with Toronto backed up inside its own 15 yard line. He is lucky the pass is not intercepted. The Argos punt, again. Joe Burnett returns the kick 48 yards … but Edmonton is called for an illegal block. Toronto is just holding on, here.
1:26 p.m. — A hockey writer visiting from New York. He is correct.
More Blue Jays gear than Leafs gear or Argos gear on the streets of downtown Toronto. Legitimately baffled.—
Jesse Spector (@jessespector) November 11, 2012
1:24 p.m. — Every section in the upper bowl of Rogers Centre has been closed off, sitting empty above a disappointingly sparse crowd. Toronto drew 27,283 to its regular season finale against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and it would be a surprising if they announced even that many are here today.
1:18 p.m. — Argos quarterback Jarious Jackson fumbles on second down, Argos recover and punt. Not a great end to their first possession.
1:14 p.m. — And the Eskimos cap that opening drive with a touchdown. A well-placed throw by Joseph to slotback Cary Koch, an 11-yard touchdown pass that gives Edmonton a 7-0 lead with 9:25 left in the first quarter. That was a nice 91-yard drive to open things up for the visitors.
1:12p.m. – Eskimos running back Hugh Charles breaks a run up the middle and goes 46 yards before Argos safety Jordan Younger can push him out of bounds. The Eskimos, with Kerry Joseph at quarterback, are marching on their first drive of the game.
1:08 p.m. — We’ll get into this more later, but if you’re in the area, there are still good tickets available for this game, Toronto.
1:06 p.m. – Eskimos linebacker J.C. Sherritt, who led the CFL with 130 defensive tackles, will not be playing today. He has an injured ankle or two, and was limited in practice leading up to the game.
1:05 p.m. — Eskimos win the toss. They will receive.
12:58 p.m. – This is the seventh time a team from the West Division has crossed into the East Division playoffs. It has not always gone well for the western teams, who have gone 2-4 since the Canadian Football League adopted the cross-over format in 1997. Edmonton is one of those successful teams — with a 29-21 win over Winnipeg four years ago.