Manziel Heads To Montreal

Manziel Heads To Montreal

The Johnny Manziel Experience is over before it really started. For the first time in his professional career, Quarterback Johnny Manziel is on the move via trade. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have traded Johnny Manziel to the Montreal Allouettes for DL Jammal Westerman, REC Chris Williams, and two high level draft picks in the next two years. Also going to Montreal is OL Landon Rice and OL Tony Washington.

With this move, Hamilton has officially indicated that they are going to be doing due course with Jeremiah Masoli as their top guy. It is also a major gamble and risk which it could lead to higher reward depending on the turn of the season. The Ticats are currently 2-3 and still in the running for the first place spot in the Eastern Division. With Manziel departed, there’s no concrete alternative option for a strong committed backup quarterback at this point.

It’s also a homecoming for Chris Williams who starred with Hamilton in his two seasons with the team before controversially departed for the NFL in 2013. Only time will tell how the loyal Hamilton fan base welcome the latter with open arms. 
Speaking of controversial, when Johnny Manziel signed with the Tiger-Cats, one was among the few that supported the move, as well exposing the ignorance of several Ticats fans who disregarded Manziel’s newly diagnosed mental state for their one-sided opinions (no knowledge of mental illness). For one, I appreciated Manziel’s professionalism and loyalty during the two month stint with this city, and hope for the best in his career going forward.

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Saskatchewan 31 Hamilton 20

Saskatchewan 31 Hamilton 20

On the night in which one great player was honoured, the players’ latter former team didn’t play honourable football yesterday, as the Ticats were defeated by Saskatchewan 31-20.

If there’s any question as to whether Ticats HC June Jones should insert QB Johnny Manziel as their starter next game, yesterday’s performance from the incumbent starter has increased its difficulty towards maintaining status quo and go with the alternate. QB Jeremiah Masoli (186 yards passing) wasn’t at its best last night. Especially in the second half in which he failed to generate sustainable drives and capitalize to keep the game within striking distance. 

As for the Defence, they were not strong in the second half either, despite the strong first half. Give Saskatchewan a lot of credit adjusting and played a quality sounded second half performance. A tip of the cap goes to the ever-loyal Rider Nation fan base for their presence in supporting this team.

Before concluding this post, I would like to congratulate the great former Ticats Reciever Andy Fantuz on his retirement, and wish him the best of luck in his future. He was the consistent force on the field, and a classy man off the field.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats dropped to 2-3, while Saskatchewan improves to 3-2. The Tabbies host the Ottawa Redblacks next Saturday.

Hamilton 13 Saskatchewan 18

Hamilton 13 Saskatchewan 18

In a game in which the Hamilton Tiger-Cats should have dominated, untimely decision  making and penalties costed the visitors a victory tonight at Regina

In order to be an elite quarterback in a pro football league such as, in this case, the CFL, a player in question should close the game out in a consistent basis. For the case of Tiger-Cats QB Jeremiah Masoli, despite the record share of 300+ passing yards established tonight, he didn’t get the job done, and shouldn’t be established as an elite quarterback…yet. 

His decision making in the first two series of the game proved to be a deterrent regarding the outcome of the game. It wasn’t all of his fault or wrongdoing, though. The running game, in which played an integral part of their two game winning streak, was shutdown by the stalwart defensive unit of Saskatchewan, despite a promising start. Furthermore, the offensive line and the special teams were mostly felt overwhelmed, leading to Masoli being diressed and bad field position all game. 

In the game that had a bunch of negatives, the most consistent positive critique would ultimately be the Hamilton D. Much like their opposing counterparts, the Defense played well, and give the secondary considerable credit for challenging the Roughriders receiving corps into situational catching for most of the game. Despite the positives, they ultimately became stressed out as their team offensive unit couldn’t capitalize with consistent long drives to close the game. 

With the defeat, the Ticats drop to 2-2. Hamilton (along with Saskatchewan) have a bye next week. These two clubs will be playing against each other in two weeks in Hamilton. 

Winnipeg 17 – Hamilton 31

Winnipeg 17 – Hamilton 31

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 31-17 in front of capacity crowd in Tim Hortons Field for the home opener of 2018.

Despite the early struggles in the opening half, the home team took a commendable approach in the latter half, with the Hamilton defence minimizing Winnipeg QB Chris Streveler and the often-threatening offensive attack to just seven points. Hamilton QB Jeremiah Masoli put another strong performance with 369 yards passing and a passing touchdown. Running Backs Sean Thomas-Ellington and Mercer Timmis combined for over 100 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns (both scores by Timmis). Wide Reciever Terrance Toliver caught his first receiving touchdown since 2016, as well as it was in a critical stretch in the early stage of the third quarter that increased the Hamilton lead. 

With the victory, Hamilton is officially in first place in the Eastern Division with a 2-1 record through three weeks. The Tiger-Cats head next week to Regina for a good matchup against the fledging Saskatchewan Roughriders squad.

Hamilton 38 – Edmonton 21

Hamilton 38 – Edmonton 21

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeated the Edmonton Eskimos 38-21.
With the victory, Hamilton is now at even 1-1 for the first time in several years.

If there’s any doubt regarding Hamilton QB Jeremiah Masoli (332 YDS, 3 TD/1 INT) being the number one guy in Hamilton, last night has certainly shut the doubt out of the revolving door with his critically solid performance. Although it’s only two weeks into the season, but he is playing like a top three quarterback in the cfl right now. As for Running Back Mercer Timmis (117 yards rushing, 2 TD), if he keeps playing the way he did last night, he’s the feature back going forward. 

Aside from the praise of the two mentioned, the receiving core led by Luke Tasker (5 REC 103 YDS 2 TD) and Brandon Banks (6 REC 117 YDS) contributed to the onslaught of the Eskimos D.

Last night also marked the returns of Receiver Terrance Toliver (4 REC 76 YDS) and Defensive Back Delvin Breaux to Hamilton in which they greatly needed producing from their perspective positions.

Both the Offensive Line and the Defense played very good football last night, with the former containing the Defense of Edmonton and allowed Masoli and Timmis to properly execute their game plan. Regarding the Defense, they alleviated the damage from early on caused by the Edmonton O, and contained Eskimos QB Mike Reilly and the Edmonton offence to seven points in the second half.

Hamilton returns home to face the surging Winnipeg Blue Bombers squad next Friday
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