Reason for sabbatical from writing

Reason for sabbatical from writing

Hello folks….

In case of those who have missed my writing since my start writing for the Hamilton Bulldogs at OTSN mid-September, the blog site there has been shut down and the head of the group has been ongoing. 

Since my last write up for them late October, I have been noticeably absent due to other work commitments and health issues. 

I’ll be able to write, for the time being, on this very site until the new site is open, or otherwise. It has been too long since I last wrote, and I can’t go any longer. For those who want me to do the podcast, I can’t do it for the forthcoming future. 

The next blog piece will be the Bulldogs mid-season review. 

Thoughts on Stefan Ptaszek to Ticats and CFL Draft Ticats Preview

Thoughts on Stefan Ptaszek to Ticats and CFL Draft Ticats Preview

Last week, the Hamilton football community was jaw dropped when the news broke out that Stefan Ptaszek, the man who established the McMaster Marauders football team as a national collegiate powerhouse, was hired as the Offensive Coordinator for the Tiger-Cats.

In regards to the hiring, I like the move. He has the Canadian football knowledge and the prescence as a respected head coach who can quickly adapt to the pro level, with proper due diligence regarding the transition. His track record in the CIS shouldn’t go unnoticed, as well as the offensive production the team delivered as being one of the top teams in the CIS.

Only time will tell if he can produce results in the pro level. Hope for the best.

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The CFL draft commences tonight. The Ticats clearly need a complimentary player in the position of offensive line, receiver, and in the secondary.

My suggestion is, barring trade, take Offensive Lineman Dillion Guy from Buffalo or fellow OL Charles Villiancourt from Laval in the first round at #5. Then, the team selects a receiver as a successor to Andy Fantuz. If they couldn’t go with a receiver as their next pick, they can go for a defensive back.

The team needs to keep drafting, then producing quality talent that will take them to the Grey Cup once again.

 

Message to Hamilton Bulldogs AHL

i would like to say it was a pleasure attending several games during the 19 years of AHL hockey in the steel city. I remembered December 27, 1998 when I attended my first pro hockey game against the St. John’s Maple Leafs. The environment was a major exposure and played a big factor for me to watch hockey. I still think the late great Bill Sturrup is the best Public Announcer/Play-By-Play in sports history. 

Even though it was an AHL team, not a NHL team, Hamilton clearly deserved better fanfare and proper respect the organization deserves. The fanbase shouldn’t critique the team based on its affiliation and colours, it should’ve been supported as our own pro team. Mad props to the Edmonton Oilers and Montreal Canadiens organizations that sent players to this franchise and came out of Hamilton as better pros. 

I hope many of the fans go through the turnstiles this Saturday for the final game (pending playoffs) of the history of the AHL club before becoming the OHL incarnation. 

However, this city has become an epitome of disgrace of a pro hockey city. 

Hamilton Tiger-Cats Free Agency 2015

Here is my five recommendations I would personally like to see Kent Austin do come free agency in which commences tomorrow afternoon at noon eastern time….

1) Receiver position. With guys like Ellingson and Giguere likely be heading for new destination, my recommendation would be Nic Lewis and Brad Sinapoli. Lewis will be an immediate upgrade and insurance policy with Fantuz and Tasker, but his age and injury-plagued status in the past recent years would make this acquisition a huge risk, but a bargain one year deal wouldn’t mind. Regarding Sinapoli, he would be a situational guy with only there as a national ratio player.

2) Secondary Position. With Delvin Breaux taking his deserved praise and talents to New Orleans, the secondary position has a hole to fill. Enter Johnny Sears. He’s a versatile defensive back, like Rico Murray. His natural position is half back. If Stewart becomes the new corner, Sears will be a nice fit at Stewart’s previous position, even though Stewart’s natural position is cornerback.

3) Sign Justin Hickman. He loves Hamilton, the fans, and he’s committed to get back to Canadian football style of a form he was prior to departure to the NFL a few years back. If he comes back to steeltown, imagine the repercussions the opponents offensive lineman will endure (Hickman, Laurent, Bulcke, and Norwood)

4) Sign Nic Grigsby short term. Grigsby will be a major contributor to the Offense of the Tiger-Cats, and be a feature second down back with sharing duties with Gable. If Buffalo can be good with Jackson and Spiller, why can’t Hamilton do the same?

5) Sign Brett Jones. Despite continued reports of Jones heading to the NFL, signing Jones will be a huge asset if his NFL future is in doubt. He’s a proven centre with a great track record and establishing a potent offensive line.

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Regular Season Game 14 — Hamilton vs. Ottawa Game Preview

This Friday will mark the continuation of the important leg of the season for the Ticats as they host Ottawa Redblacks at Tim Hortons Field. A win by the Ticats reassured control of first place ahead of Toronto and Montreal, with three games remaining.

Here are the three keys to victory…

1) Motivation from last week into advantage
2) Cut Down Penalties
3) Ruthless Aggression on all phases (offence, defense, special teams on full assault for sixty minutes)

Be sure to read the game review post starting this Saturday.

Update — Here is the latest episode of Tigers Den Podcast https://twitter.com/tigersdenpod/status/522951301442056192