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Landry: A new perspective of Argos football

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At least the beer was cold and it kept flowing.

On the field, the Toronto Argonauts were cold and the Hamilton Ticats kept flowing.

In the end, what I got out of sitting in the stands at a football game for the first time in seven years was something that the Argos are going to need moving forward after a completely humbling 64-14 home opener loss to their Southern Ontario rivals.

A change in perspective.

“We’ve just gotta get our minds right,” said Toronto Coach Corey Chamblin after the game, stalwart in his determination to not let a 50-point loss in his double blue debut define the season to come.

He preached the need for everybody to just keep their sticks on the ice, if you’ll allow me to mix my sports metaphors.

Haven’t sat in the stands for a #CFL game since 2012.
Have always been in the P.A. booth or media box since then.
Hey, @MikeHoganArgos,
Ahahaha! HAHAHAHA- *spills entire beer on lap, stops laughing*

Um, hi to Schultzie. pic.twitter.com/wrNnvzcnWB

— Don Landry 🏈 (@CFLLandry) June 22, 2019

“It takes every man that’s on that roster,” Chamblin said calmly. “And every man that’s next on that roster. And every man that’s coaching that man, and everyone that’s taking care of him, in order for things to turn around.”

Pull together, in other words.

If it’s any consolation for Chamblin and his reeling team, I’d say the general vibe from the Argo faithful – at least for now – reflects his refusal to hover his hand anywhere near the panic button.

Not since the 2012 regular season have I had the chance to sit in the stands at a CFL game. For the previous six seasons, I’d been employed by the Argos as their public address announcer, a position I stepped away from at the end of last season. Since 2011, I’ve had the pleasure of writing about this league for CFL.ca, and every trip I’ve made to a stadium in that time has been a business trip.

I’d grown accustomed to working at games as opposed to sitting in the........