Maple Leafs star Mitch Marner is a noted Argonauts supporter and he took an unprovoked shot at the rival Tiger-Cats after practicing at Tim Hortons Field in preparation for the 2022 Heritage Classic against the Buffalo Sabres.
Marner has been on the double blue sidelines and in the stands at BMO Field for games in the past, clearly he’s backing the boatmen whenever he can.
“I’m sure this building will be rocking. It’s always a good one when the Ticats play the Argos — usually the Argos win,” Marner said with a smile.
The building Marner referred to is a place where the Argos have struggled since its opening, especially in Labour Day Classic match-ups. Hamilton has won seven straight games on the September holiday Monday since the new stadium opened its doors.
Toronto did pull off a 24-23 fourth quarter comeback win on Thanksgiving Monday last year. Perhaps that’s the game Marner is remembering when he stated “usually” the Argos win because it’s the last time the two QEW combatants did battle in the Hammer.
The Tiger-Cats are 15-7, including 9-2 at home, against the Argonauts since 2014 when construction finished at THF. Marner entered the facility with some swag Saturday afternoon, wearing sunglasses perhaps trying to deflect the reality of the double blue’s record there.
“I’m sure the sun will be a factor,” Marner said. “The shades are just a nice, juicy look, it’s sunny out there and you need to block that out sometimes.”
Marner’s general manager Kyle Dubas, a Ticats season seat holder for over a decade, could correct him on the dominance between the two CFL teams. Hamilton’s best win-loss record against any CFL franchise happens to be Toronto, the Ticats are 139-99-2 against the Argos all-time.