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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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2021 Hamilton Tiger-Cats

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

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.

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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. 

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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.

 

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2015 CFL Season 2015 Tiger-Cats

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.