I like to think that the two most loyal and vocal fan bases are those in Rider Nation and Tigertown, and as a very loyal Ti-Cat fan I have disliked the Riders since 1989. Yes, I still harbour ill feelings towards Saskatchewan because of a game that was played almost 21 years ago.
This game has some very interesting elements to it. Saskatchewan lost for the first time last week and were drubbed in the process. The Cats couldn't muster much of anything in their game either. These are two hungry teams, both looking to avoid back-to-back losses.
In Hamilton, the Cats need to find some consistency on Offense. From one week to the next, it seems like you never know what the Cats are going to do when they have the football. The Defense has done everything in their power to keep the games close, but sooner or later, the Offense is going to have to show what they can do.
When a team is 3-1 it is hard to find many faults. The Riders have played great football almost all year, with the exception of last week. Was that simply a case of a one-week letdown, or was it Saskatchewan falling back to Earth after their great start? The Riders still look like one of the best teams in the CFL, but even the best get beat.
One thing that can't be discounted is the Riders' home field. Mosaic Stadium is not an easy place to pick up two points. It is loud, the fans are nuts (they wear watermelons on their heads for Christ's sake!), and the team seems to feed off that atmosphere. The Cats themselves, while putting up a handful of good showings in Regina, have not won there since 2000.
I think we are in line for a pretty good tilt, as the Riders and Cats usually provide a lot of excitement when they are on the field together.
For all those interested, the game will once again be broadcast on the radio by AM900 CHML and on television by TSN and TSN HD. I should also mention that Y108 also simulcasts the AM900 CHML feed. I have neglected to say this in previous weeks, but they have done so all season.