Thursday 15 July 2010

Preview: Blue Bombers (1-1) at Tiger-Cats (0-2)


This is the second of four very big meetings between these two teams in the first seven weeks of the 2010 CFL season. Whoever wins the season series will be sitting in the catbird seat for a playoff spot. Currently, Winnipeg has the advantage after they pounded the Ti-Cats 49-29 in Winnipeg in Week 1. Is it time for some Tiger-Cat retribution?

Hamilton comes into this game relatively healthy. Lineman Jason Jimenez is still out, and Defensive Back Jykine Bradley will miss the game and is being replaced by Will Heyward. Winnipeg is having some injury problems, but who will and will not play is currently unknown. Safety Ian Logan was at practice, and may play. Defensive Back Alex Suber, who along with Logan shut down Arland Bruce in Week 1, looks to be out. Of course we won't know any of this until game day.

Both teams are coming off losses at home. The Cats lost to the Stamps, and the Bombers lost to the Argos. Both teams had the chance to win their games, but failed to make plays when necessary. Buck Pierce had his second strong game for the Bombers, and Tiger-Cat Kick Returner and Running Back Marcus Thigpen had two more TDs to take his league-leading total to four.

This is a big game for both teams. Winnipeg can put a foot on the throat of the Ti-Cats early on in this young season, whereas the Cats can finally get off the schneid.

The Cats go on the road for two games after this, first playing in Montreal (a game I will be attending) and then in Saskatchewan. A loss here by the Cats makes an 0-5 start a very real possibility.

Coverage for the game remains the same as AM900 CHML will provide radio coverage and TSN and TSN HD will broadcast the game on television for those that cannot make it out to Ivor Wynne Stadium.

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