Montreal Alouettes’ owner Gary Stern: ‘I think we’re gonna kill Toronto on Thursday’

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Montreal Alouettes’ owner Gary Stern made a bold prediction in an interview with Didier Orméjuste of RDS, saying his team is “gonna kill Toronto on Thursday.”

The Alouettes opened the 2022 season with a 30-27 loss to the Calgary Stampeders last week, coughing up a ten-point second-half lead on the road. Star running back William Stanback is out for the foreseeable future after undergoing surgery to repair a broken ankle on Monday.

The club is scheduled to visit the Toronto Argonauts at BMO Field on Thursday in what will be the Boatmen’s first game of the regular season following a Week 1 bye. It’s a pretty bold proclamation considering the Als (, ) aren’t even the favorite at Ontario online sportsbooks following the loss of its best offensive player.

This isn’t the first time Stern has taken a shot at Toronto. He boldly stated that the Argos “suck” at his introductory press conference in January 2020, wasting no time in tearing down a division rival.

The brash owner has high expectations for his team and has already threatened midseason “action” if the club underperforms. Montreal finished third in the East Division last year with a 7-7 record and exited the postseason in the first round following a 23-12 loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the East Semi-Final.

Stern and his late business partner and father-in-law Sid Spiegel purchased the Alouettes in January 2020 under the corporate entity S and S Sportsco. Siegel passed away in July 2021 having never seen his franchise play and Stern has yet to reap any financial benefits after the 2020 season was cancelled and the 2021 campaign was shortened.