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2023 Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Mitchell Signs In Hamilton

The first major domino in the 2023 CFL Free Agency fell today as Quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell signed a 3-year contract with the Tiger-Cats.

Without question, this signing should indicate the Ticats are making serious push to win the Grey Cup on their home turf this coming season. Mitchell has a lengthy resume and track record as one of the elite Quarterbacks in the CFL, when healthy.

The 32-year-old native of Katy, Texas played for ten seasons with the Calgary Stampeders, starting as backup to Kevin Glenn from 2012 to 2013 before being named QB1 for the next nine seasons in 2014 leading to two Grey Cup championships. The two-time CFL Most Outstanding Player was demoted to backup for Jake Maier early last season.

During his career with the Stampeders, Mitchell passed for 32,541 yards, 188 touchdowns and 89 interceptions. In 2019, Mitchell became a member of the CFL All-Decade Team.

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2021 Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Hamilton Tiger-Cats 2021 Season Preview

For the first time since the 2019 Grey Cup, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats return to action as the Canadian Football League resumes action after a long, COVID-19 layoff.

Since the resounding defeat in the hands of Winnipeg, the team, like the league itself, has seen a profound turnaround of talents via retirement, or in between clubs. With the Grey Cup scheduled for mid-December, the Tiger-Cats inherit expectations of winning the championship at their home turf.

Hamilton will take to the field on Thursday at Winnipeg with the returning QB Jeremiah Masoli leading the team. It will make the first time in over two years the incumbent played in a game. Surrounding Masoli will be a potentially-potent offence anchored by the reigning league MOP Brandon Banks, Braylon Addison, DeVier Posey and Jaylen Acklin.

The offensive line will feature a mix of returnees and youth with Brandon Ravenberg and Chris Van Zeyl leading the core, while Darius Ciraco takes over retiree Mike Filer under centre.

Like the offence, the defence will feature familiar faces from the 2019 team. The front seven is set to feature the returns of Ted Laurent, Dylan Wynn, JaGared Davis and Julian Howsare in the line,.

Simoni Lawrence anchors the linebacker group that’ll feature free agent signee Jovan Santos Knox (formerly of WPG) in the middle, and former NFL player Kameron Kelly at the SAM spot (right side position linebacker).

The secondary should still be formidable with Mike Daly, Frankie Williams (2019 Special Teams MOP), Jumar Rolle, Trune Adaleke and free agent acquisition Ciante Evans. The depth could be contested following the retirements of Rico Murray, Delvin Breaux, and Courtney Stephen.

Perhaps the newest core of talent in the team will be in the special teams. Doing the kicking duties will be the former NFL kicker Taylor Bertolet and global selectee Joel Whitford doing the punting. 2019 CFL draftee Gordon Whyte replaces longtime veteran Aaron Crawford as the long snapper.

With the mixture of youth and experience, the 2021 Hamilton Tiger-Cats hope to renew their dominance of the Eastern Division and eventually the overdue cultivation of winning the most lucrative prize in Canadian football.

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2021 Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Masoli To Start at QB on Opening Night

If there was any doubt.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced Jeremiah Masoli the team’s starting quarterback for the season opener in Winnipeg Thursday against the Blue Bombers.

The news comes as no surprise to no one who followed the team in a regular basis. After all, he earned the right to win the job after what he went through over two years ago.

Ticats coaching staff did the right thing condensing the distractions and made the quarterback competition less of a spectacle for the franchise who is attempting to steer course for a championship in December.

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2021 Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Stephen Retires

Former Hamilton Tiger-Cats Defensive Back Courtney Stephen announced his retirement Thursday.

A consummate professional and devoted community man, the Brampton, Ontario native spent seven of his eight seasons with the Ticats, played 113 games and nine career postseason games with Hamilton and the Calgary Stampeders. Stephen tallied 274 total tackles, two Quarterback sacks, 12 interceptions and seven forced fumbles.

Stephen was the 2012 Jake Gaudaur Veterans Award nominee.

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Ticats Releases Watford

Quarterback David Watford was released by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats today.

The third-down, short-yardage specialist played 12 regular season and two postseason games with the Black and Gold in 2019. Watford scored six rushing touchdowns, tied for sixth in the Canadian Football League rushing touchdowns, and was the team’s TD rushing leader.

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2021 Hamilton Tiger-Cats

CFL Is Officially Back

Only time will tell in the next several months, but Monday June 14, 2021 will forever be the day the Canadian Football League returns.

An unanimous Board of Governors vote sealed the league’s return to action, effective August 5. Under the revised Collective Agreement with the League’s player’s association, the CFLPA, Training Camp will start on July 10.

Within a hour after the league announcement, the Ontario Government approved the CFL Return To Play material. The ruling means the Ontario CFL clubs are allowed to train under protocols agreed to from the government.

In regards to the fans, provinces in the West and Quebec will most likely see reduced capacity to begin the 14-week campaign. Ontario is most likely to start allowing fans by Labour Day at the earliest where the Tiger-Cats and their archival counterparts from the 403 renewed hostilities in the Labour Day Classic.

The Grey Cup will be played on December 12 in Hamilton.

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2018 Ticats Season

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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2018 Ticats Season

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.

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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. 

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2018 Ticats Season

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.