Sunday 11 April 2010

The 5 Best Ti-Cat Games of 2009

The list thing seems to be a big hit, with both the Top 10 Greatest and Top 5 Most Hated being very popular amongst the readership. With that said, I've decided to tackle a new, more recent list. This one will be about the 5 Best Ti-Cat games of the 2009 season.

2009 was a rebirth year in Steeltown. After nearly a decade of futility, the Tabbies were able to rekindle the passion of Hamiltonians everywhere with a season for the ages. While the year ended in bitter defeat at the hands of the BC Lions, the season, for all intents and purposes, was a huge success. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect 2009 to go down the way it did. It wasn't perfect by any means, but it had more than its fair share of spectacular moments.

It is those moments that I will rank. Unlike the previous two lists, I won't need to go into detail about why certain games were chosen. There is no long list of criteria. The games took place in 2009, and the Ti-Cats played in them. That's all.

At 12PM every day this week I will unveil a new game, culminating with the #1 game being posted on Friday.

Before that, and like the other lists, I have some Honourable Mentions that need to be given attention.

Week 9: 31-30 LOSS at Edmonton

Yes, a loss. Just because the Cats didn't win doesn't mean the game wasn't great. The Tabbies came flying out of the gate. After that it was a back-and-forth affair that ended with a Noel Prefontaine FG with less than a minute remaining. Even in defeat the Tabbies looked strong and very well could have won this contest. Sometimes you can find victory in defeat.

Week 16: 41-38 LOSS at Montreal

Yes, another loss. This was probably the only time I will ever use the term "moral victory." The Cats could've, and maybe should've, won this game. Just like the Edmonton game, this was a back-and-forth contest that went down to the very end. A couple of bounces go the Cats' way and Kevin Glenn's 500-yard game doesn't go to waste. This was just a damn entertaining game.

East Division Semi-Final: 34-27 LOSS vs. BC

Third entry, third defeat. This was a great game which saw a great comeback from the Tabbies and, let's face it, was just awesome because of the atmosphere. This was the first time in EIGHT YEARS that a playoff game was played in Hamilton. The loss ended the Cats' season, but it ended a ride that I wouldn't give up for the world. While the season continuing wasn't meant to be, the journey the Cats took everyone on in 2009 was still fantastic.

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