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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

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

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.