The Art of Noise

The idea of practice is to simulate game situations and atmosphere in order to be able to execute properly on the field in real games. So, to that end, the most important person on the Toronto Argonauts practice field at Downsview Park Thursday was personnel department intern Timur Malik, below, a 20-year-old University of Western Ontario History major.
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Malik’s job at practice was to pump some music out of an iPod through a very large and very loud speaker along the sidelines in order to simulate game-time crowd noise.
It didn’t hurt that the mostly rap and Hip Hop selections were some of the player’s favourites; ‘clean’ versions in order not to offend the young and old watching practice from the sidelines, below.
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Argos slotback Chad Owens directs outside receivers during offensive practice drills, below.
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Adding to the roster of receivers for the Double Blue is former Hamilton Tiger-Cats Dave Stala, below, who keeps his 88 jersey after wearing that number for five years with the Black and Gold since 2009.
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Stala signed a two-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes in January of 2014, the team where he spent his first six years of his career.
Also coming from Montreal this year is Brandon Whitaker, below right with Chad Kackert doing ball control drills.
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Whitaker is a seven-year CFL veteran rushing and receiving threat who was a first-team CFL and East Division All-Star in 2011 with Montreal, where he has two Grey Cup Championships, one in 2009 and one in 2010.
Chad Kackert, below, has been on and off the Toronto roster over the last few years due to injuries.
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Former Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills player Kevin Elliott is all smile on the sidelines below…
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…and makes a nice grab downfield.
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Toronto travels to Saskatchewan for a game on July 5 with the Roughriders as they try to keep pace with Eastern Division co-leaders Ottawa Redblacks.
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