Sunday 4 September 2011

Preview: Alouettes at Tiger-Cats

While it might not be the Argos, this is still expected to be a Classic (or more accurately, a Classique).

Ever since Avon Cobourne traded in his Montreal wear for some Hamilton duds, the Ti-Cats and Alouettes have had a nice little hate-on for one another. Disliking the opponent makes for a much better game.

These two teams met on July 29th in an absolutely thrilling contest at Ivor Wynne Stadium that was won 34-26 by the Ti-Cats. A similar game is expected tomorrow afternoon.

The Als come into this matchup a little banged up, especially in the Secondary. The team was already dealing with the season-ending knee injury to DB Jerald Brown, as well as not having Safety Etienne Boulay, but now the Als will have to make due without DB Mark Estelle (who is also out for the year with a knee injury) and Linebacker Shea Emry. Even Anthony Calvillo was a little dinged up, missing practice on Friday. In a surprise to no one, it was just precautionary, and Calvillo will play on Monday.

The Cats, on the other hand, are getting healthy. Receiver Maurice Mann is back in the lineup after missing seven weeks with a foot injury.

With Winnipeg starting to run away with first place, this game takes on added importance, as the winner will take possession of second place in the East Division. For Hamilton, a win will secure them at least a tie in the four-game season series with the Als, with a chance to win the series the following Sunday. For Montreal, a win will allow them to keep pace with the Bombers, while likely relegating Hamilton to third place. For each team, a win is crucial.

It's Labour Day, so if you don't have your ticket already, what are you waiting for? This is going to be one for the ages. But if you can't make it out for whatever reason, TSN and AM900 CHML have you covered

Also, if you want some additional comments from someone at the game, be sure to check out Dief on Cats on Twitter. He will be providing his unique insight from his seat in Section 22 of Ivor Wynne Stadium.

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