As mentioned previously, this Torontoist knows nothing of sports. Despite this setback, the willingness to learn (and report on) a thing or two is there.
This Saturday, The Argos are battling the Tiger-Cats in the 2006 season home opener. This marks the beginning of their journey… no, not to the Golden Fleece, but to the Grey Cup. This is, of course, what The Oracle has told Torontoist.
While the kickoff is at 3pm, the festivities begin with the Steelback Streetfest at 11am on Bremner Boulevard south of the Rogers Centre. Check out the Blue Thunder Cheerleaders, a beer garden, some foods (Torontoist recommends Lick’s famous Nature Burger) and a chance to win a 42” DLP TV.
The opener’s theme is, quite aptly, Super “Hero” Day. Yes, this is a tie-in with the $uperman Return$ movie coming out (get your mini-poster at the game.) But aside from that, the Argos are honouring Police officers, EMS workers, fire fighters and our military giving kick off duties to Toronto Police Association President Dave Wilson and Stop The Violence Youth Committee Member Junior Bernard.
The theme continues on Sunday, June 18 at 1:30pm as the Argos back a Stop the Violence Walk and Rally at Nathan Philips Square.
In line with this the opener’s theme, it should be mentioned that this year’s Argo’s lineup includes Ricky Williams who was suspended from the NFL for violating their substance abuse policy four times. The first three were for marijuana violations, while the final one was just said to not be marijuana, and is perhaps a holistic medicinal herb.
Ok, so remember, Kickoff: 3pm at the Rogers Centre… Tickets range from $18 to $75 with student and senior discounts… And those Tiger-Cats don’t have a chance.
[photo: Jason – Maydwell Mascots]