Friday, 6 August 2010

Preview: Blue Bombers (2-3) at Tiger-Cats (1-4)





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Taking it one game at a time. Never look ahead. The most important game is the next one.

As sports fans, we've all heard the above three sentences time and time again. These are the same clich├ęs we hear from players every single season.

Well, I'm not a player. I have no qualms about saying that the next five games for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats will determine their season. The Cats play a home-and-home set against the Blue Bombers, followed by a home-and-home set (with a bye week in between) against the Argonauts, and the final game is in Hamilton against the Alouettes. That quintet of games will decide if the Cats will be a playoff contender or if this season will be like so many this past decade.

All of it begins on Friday, when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers come to Steeltown. Last time the Bombers came into Ivor Wynne, they were spanked 28-7. They also lost QB Buck Pierce to injury, one he has yet to recover from. Steven Jyles is likely to start at QB for the Bombers. He has looked good in his action so far this season.

The Cats are coming off a tough loss last week in Regina. Kevin Glenn put up what is becoming his typical statistically impressive game, Arland Bruce had a career day (one which garnered him Offensive Player of Week honours), and the Defense once again limited the opposing offense to field goals in the Red Zone as opposed to touchdowns. Even in defeat, that Cats looked very good. If they can perform like that the rest of the season, the wins will come in bunches.

Saturday night is also part of Retro Week for the CFL. The 1970s will be celebrated – the Cats will wear 1970s jerseys, and the 1972 Grey Cup Championship team will be honoured during the game.

As always, AM900 CHML and Y108 will have the radio broadcast of the game, while TSN and TSN HD will have the television side of things covered. But don't rely on CHML or TSN to provide you with coverage: this is a big, big game for the Tabbies, and we could use as many people out there as possible.

One final thing. I'd like to wish Adam (one of the regulars) congratulations on his pending nuptials. Sadly, he will be unable to attend this week's game because it conflicts with his wedding. If there was ever a good reason to miss a game, I can think of no better one than getting married. Congrats, buddy, and we'll see you in Toronto for the game against the Argos on August 20th.

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