Labour Day Classic.
Those three words conjure up vivid memories of entertaining clashes from years gone by between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Toronto Argonauts.
The overwhelming majority of those contests thrilled Ticats fans who packed into old Ivor Wynne Stadium decade after decade.
Monday evening marks the third time Tim Hortons Field will play host to what many CFL pundits call “the unofficial start to the season.”
Listen to The 5th Quarter on AM900 CHML after the Ticats-Argos Labour Day Classic as we break down the showdown on-air, online at 900chml.com and on the CHML App.
It is a pivotal game for both the Ticats and their arch rivals from down the highway.
Both clubs are 4-5, and tied for second place in the East Division.
Despite the excellent play from returning quarterback Zach Collaros Hamilton has lost three of their last four games.
Future Hall of Famer Ricky Ray also recently returned to the Argos starting lineup but hasn’t been able to stop Toronto’s three game losing streak.
Hamilton has won four of their last five Labour Day games against the Boatmen including their two meetings at Tim Hortons Field.
The Cats can clinch the season series, and the fabled Ballard Cup (named after former Ticats owner Harold Ballard), with a win over Toronto.
Before the Ticats host the Argos, 1-0 McMaster hosts 0-1 U of T in OUA football action at Tim Hortons Field.