It’s like Labour Day, only on Thanksgiving.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Toronto Argonauts meet for the final time in the regular season Monday afternoon at 4:30pm at Alumni Stadium in Guelph.
CHML’s coverage begins with a 90-minute Pregame Show at 3pm.
Hamilton and Toronto have split their first two meetings, the Argos winning the season opener at Rogers Centre 39-34 while the Ticats returned the favour last week, 33-19 at the Dome.
Both teams have already clinched playoff spots, although Toronto can clinch a home playoff game with a victory over the Cats.
The Boatmen will get a big boost on offense as quarterback Ricky Ray returns from a six game layoff from a shoulder injury and will start for Toronto.
Ray was injured August 23rd against Calgary with a league best 78.3% completion percentage, 15 touchdowns and no interceptions up until that point.
Toronto went 4-and-2 during Ray’s absence, thanks in part to the play of backup QB Zach Collaros.
Toronto won’t have injured running back Chad Kackert in the lineup and cornerback Pat Watkins is on the suspension list for personal reasons and won’t play either.
And receiver John Chiles will be a game time decision after he tweaked his hamstring at practice on Saturday.
Longtime nemesis Henry Burris is on the other side of the field, leading the league with 4,173 passing yards.
But Hamilton may not have middle linebacker Jamall Johnson in the lineup because of an undisclosed injury.
Head coach Kent Austin says Johnson will be a game time decision.
If he can’t play, Johnson will be replaced by linebacker Nate Bussey.
CLICK HERE to see Hamilton’s depth chart.
CLICK HERE to see Toronto’s depth chart.
A win by the Tiger-Cats would push them above the .500 mark for the first time this season and would bring Hamilton to within two points of the East Division leading Argonauts with three games remaining.
Fans attending Monday’s game at Alumni Stadium are asked to bring non-perishable food items, or make a cash donation, to the 11th annual Purolator Tackle Hunger Program.
All proceeds from the food drive will support the Guelph Food Bank.
You will also have the opportunity to have your photo taken with the Grey Cup at Gate 4.