The City of Toronto is getting behind their hometown Argonauts ahead of East Final clash with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday, but they may need to get their facts straight.
“Today, we raised the Toronto Argonauts flag at City Hall ahead of the CFL East Division final on Sunday,” Toronto Mayor John Tory tweeted Tuesday. “After finishing the season with a record nine wins, I’m pleased to proclaim December 5 as Toronto Argos Day in the city.”
That’s great news for an Argos club clamouring for more fan support, but there is one problem. Nine wins wasn’t a record of any kind for the Argos.
The oldest professional sports team in North America still operating under its same name and the winningest club in CFL history has finished a season better than nine wins 17 times. Their best seasons came in back-to-back years in 1996 and 1997, where they went 15-3 and won the Grey Cup each season.
The bizarre twist to this story is that when the Argos established that record, the commissioner of the CFL was none other than John Tory himself. Prior to entering politics, Tory lead the CFL from 1996 to 2000 and appears to have forgotten the best team to play under his tenure.
Though it appears to be a harmless error in the release, the implication that the Argos have never won more than nine games is unlikely to sit well with fans or improve the perception of the team in that city.
The full declaration of the holiday in honour of the East Final can be read below:
“WHEREAS the Toronto Argonauts are in the playoffs and headed to the CFL Eastern Final after finishing with a record nine win in the 2021 season.
The Double Blue tied for second in league play and first in the East Division. The Argos move on to post-season play for the first time since 2017 when they last won the Grey Cup.
After a postponed season in 2020, the team has fought its way into the post season for 2021. Torontonians are ready to cheer on our Argos throughout the playoffs but especially this Sunday as they play for a spot in the Grey Cup finals. This Sunday, the Boatmen face our long-time rivals the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for the right to represent the east in the Grey Cup. It is worth noting that the Toronto Argos have a 3 and 1 record against the Ticats this season, winning both games played in Toronto.
Today, on Toronto Argos Day, I encourage everyone in our city – and Argos fans across the country and around the world – to wear double blue to show our support and appreciation for our team. This show of support is incredibly important ahead of the eastern final game. The City of Toronto would like to extend gratitude to the players, coaches, managers, staff, and fans for the great season so far. We are extremely proud of the Toronto Argos and we look forward to passionately cheering them on to the Grey Cup. ‘Let’s Go Argos!’
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim December 5, 2021 as ‘Toronto Argos Day’ in the City of Toronto.”