As end-of-the-first-month clashes go, they don't get much bigger than this, at least for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
There is one team in the CFL that is the measuring stick for everyone. One team that all other teams must compare themselves to. One team that engenders both tremendous respect and intense dislike. That one team is the Montreal Alouettes.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have spent the better part of two off-seasons building a team that can compete, and defeat, the Als. They brought in a pass rusher (Stevie Baggs); a Linebacker (Rey Williams); and a Defensive Coordinator who preaches pressure, pressure, pressure (Corey Chamblin) all in an attempt to knock the Als off their perch. But the biggest addition was the Cats poaching of one of Montreal's best weapons, Running Back Avon Cobourne.
Until proven otherwise, Montreal is the team to beat. The Alouettes are the two-time defending Grey Cup champions. Hamilton wants to be where Montreal is. To do that, they must beat the Alouettes. No better place to start than on Friday night at Ivor Wynne Stadium.
I encourage everyone out there to get down to the stadium to see this game. But if for one reason or another you cannot make it, you can catch the game on television on TSN or on the radio on AM900 CHML starting at 6:30PM.