Last week was ugly for the Ti-Cats, no doubt about it. But this is a new week, and a new week brings hope and optimism.
Last week was bewildering for the Stampeders. Are they good or bad or somewhere in between? The roster turnover on the Offensive Line clearly had an effect on the fluidity and precision of the Stampeders' Offense. While they marched up and down the field against the Argonauts, the Offense stalled when trying to score TDs. I know that Toronto's Defense is actually pretty good, but if you can't score against the rebuilding Argos, who can you score against? If it wasn't for Rob Maver's five field goals, the Stamps would probably be sitting at 0-1.
There is no way the Cats can look as bad this week as they did last week against Winnipeg. If that happens, we could be in for another long season in Tigertown. That said, I can't imagine that this team won't come out fired up to what will hopefully be a large, raucous crowd at Ivor Wynne Stadium. With the Cats coming off a season-opening loss, people might be hesitant about coming to the game, but I hope last year's 9-9 playoff team will still be fresh in people's minds and we'll see around 25,000 at the park on Saturday afternoon.
It looks like Maurice Mann (whom the Tiger-Cats acquired in the off-season for Chris Thompson) will make his regular-season debut in the Black & Gold. Having Mann in the lineup should help create some room for Arland Bruce, who was blanketed by the Blue Bombers last week.
These two teams tend to play each other rather close. Last year they split the season series, with each winning at home (Cats 24-17 on September 18th, Stamps 15-14 on October 3rd). I expect this one to be a close affair as well. Hopefully the home crowd will play a factor in the outcome.
As always, AM900 CHML will handle the radio duties, while TSN and TSN HD will handle the television broadcast. But don't rely on them; get down to the stadium for what will surely be a fantastic game. Ivor Wynne should be rocking!