Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Burris Wins Again and All-Time O-Line Nominees

Tuesday is quickly becoming news day as far as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats are concerned. For the third week in a row a Tiger-Cat player has been named one of the four Players of the Week, and another position group was unveiled for the all-time team.

First, the award. For the second week in a row, Henry Burris has been named the league's top offensive player for Week 5. Burris has been awesome the last two weeks and is starting to put to rest any concerns there were over his ability to be a top-flight quarterback once again. Burris is the first player to be named Offensive Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks since Milt Stegall achieved the feat back in Weeks 6 and 7 in 2006. The only thing that can stop Burris from picking up a third award in a row is something he can't control: the bye week. The Ti-Cats are off this week, but Burris will have a chance to go for the three-peat on August 9th against his old team, the Calgary Stampeders.

The Ti-Cats have also released the name of the offensive lineman up for the all-time team. There are six tackles, seven guards and five centres eligible for two spots at tackle, two at guard and one at centre. The group is a who's who of former, and one current, Tiger-Cat greats. I have maintained for a long time that the receiver position would be the toughest to decide, but after seeing the 17 names up for spots (Ellison Kelly is up for both guard and tackle) I think I was wrong. There are three or four players at all three positions that merit consideration. It truly is a great group of players and one I most definitely cannot handicap.

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