Hamilton 28 Ottawa 35 (Eastern Division Final)

Hamilton 28 Ottawa 35 (Eastern Division Final)

The roller coaster season of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats came to a heartbreaking end as the Ottawa Redblacks snatched a win from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 35-28 to advance to the Grey Cup.

Pros…

  1. Jeremiah Masoli played a great game. Nothing to critique about this man. 
  2. Slowed down Henry Burris in the second half.
  3. Tiquan Underwood, Luke Tasker, and Andy Fantuz played a great game.
  4. Great coaching by Kent Austin and his crew. 
  5. The great loyal fans at Tim Hortons Field attending the party and those who went to Ottawa.

Cons…

  1. Defence looked soft at many occasions throughout the game.
  2. Penalties were once again the defining factor of the game.
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Hamilton 25 Choke City North 22 (Eastern Division Semi-Final)

Hamilton 25 Choke City North 22 (Eastern Division Semi-Final)

Medlock = MedClutch.

Justin Medlock put the final nail in the coffin as the Tiger-Cats defeated Toronto Argonauts (aka Choke City North) 25-22, to advance to face Ottawa in the Eastern Division Championship Game.

Pros…

  1. Toronto has re-established their status as Choke City North.
  2. Jeremiah Masoli deserves our respect, especially for critics like myself.
  3. Great controlled ball game by Kent Austin.
  4. Defence refrained the Argonauts and potential HOF to 4 points in the fourth quarter. Clutch.

Cons…

  1. Team overall struggled for large part of the game. Especially the offense.
  2. Simoni Lawrence got hurt. Hope he’s okay.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats travel to Ottawa to face against the Redblacks for the Eastern Division Championship next Sunday.

Hamilton 28 Ottawa Redblacks 44

Hamilton 28 Ottawa Redblacks 44

The Tiger-Cats will face the Toronto Argonauts in the Eastern Division semi-finals at Tim Hortons Field next week as they lost the crucial game to the eventual East Division regular season champions — The Ottawa Redblacks — by the final score of 44-28.

Pros…

  1. Gutsy performance by Jeremiah Masoli. Played his best real-time game as a ticat. Earned a small dose of my respect after the turbulent past 18 months for him.
  2. Caused several turnovers by the Defense.
  3. Great crowd and atmosphere. Had the appropriate feel of a playoff game.

Cons…

  1. Played only one good quarter of football. Had to play catchup for entire game.
  2. Missed opportunities. Refrained themselves on making the right plays.
  3. Defense was very obsolete for the majority of the game.
  4. Lot of Redblacks fans in the area where I sat showed lots of lack of class. Not everyone, but a collective bunch of fans.
  5. Lack of player safety after the game. TD Place is a great place to attend a football game or a special event, but needs more enhanced security detail for next home game (Division Final). Witnessed a few of the ticats players and staff under siege by the small outpour of inadequate Redblacks fans who showed ZERO respect for the opponents.

I would like to thank the great folks of Rideau Days Inn in Ottawa for the great hospitality over the weekend provided to me and to my friends.

Hamilton 6 Ottawa Redblacks 12

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats dropped a great defensive battle today to Ottawa Redblacks 12-6, at Tim Hortons Field.

Pros…

  1. Record breaking sold out crowd by the members of #SteelPlexCity. First time since 1975 that Hamilton fans sold out their home stadium in all of the home games in the regular season.
  2. Defence did their due diligence today.
  3. Justin “Med-Clutch” Medlock was good today.
  4. Simoni Lawerence spoke up against his critics. 

Cons…

  1. Jeff Mathews was soft today, albeit give Ottawa defence tremendous amount of credit on pressuring the youngster every series today.
  2. Offensive line didn’t do their due diligence today.
  3. Simoni Lawerence channeled his inner Steve McMichael.
  4. Henry Burris should have refrained himself from being irrational.

The Tiger-Cats head to Ottawa to conclude their season at TD Place next Saturday. First place up for grabs.

Hamilton 13 British Columbia 40

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats came to a trap game against a desperate BC Lions squad and lost 40-13.

Pros…

  1. Great opening drive.
  2. CJ Gable looked fine in his return from latest injury.
  3. Another quality start by Jeff Mathews.

Cons…

  1. Too many unessecary penalties
  2. Bad tackling.
  3. Couldn’t able to protect Jeff Mathews consistently.
  4. Offensive Line going down like flies due to injury, most notably Bowden suffering an arm injury

The team returns home against a very good team in Ottawa Redblacks.

#SteelPlexCity 23 Montreal 11

A good, but gutsy performance by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. With the win, Hamilton regains control for first overall in the Eastern Division.

Pros…

  1. Jeff Mathews delivered another quality performance today as the starting quarterback.
  2. Luke Tasker and Terrell Sinfield, with a dosage of Andy Fantuz, helped out the receiving game for Hamilton Tiger-Cats today.
  3. Justin “Clutch-Lock” Medlock. Enough said.
  4. Defence put a stellar performance once again.

Cons…

  1. Jeff Mathews gets sacked five times. 
  2. Sloppy finish to the game by the defence.
  3. Simoni Lawrence gets injured. Hope he’s okay. 

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats clinched their playoff spot. Their quest for another division title continues with their title next week against BC Lions. 

#SteelPlexCity 30 Saskatchewan 15

#SteelPlexCity 30 Saskatchewan 15

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeated Saskatchewan Roughriders, albeit a very strong and solid fashion, 30-15 at Tim Hortons Field Friday evening.

Pros…

  1. Jeff Mathews masterful performance.
  2. Receiving core of Underwood, Sinkfield, Tasker and Grant did a very solid job.
  3. Defense solid, disrupting Kevin Glenn for all night when Glenn was at the helm.
  4. Crowd was electric.

Cons…

  1. Broken coverages at times
  2. Wide open receivers by the roughriders, albeit late in the game when the game was already in hand.

The Tiger-Cats head to Montreal to start a critical two game road trip, 3 in the next four, away from the friendly unholy confines of Tim Hortons Field.