Thanks to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers this game lost a lot of its luster. What could have been a battle to see if the Alouettes or Tiger-Cats would finish in first place (the Als were always likely to claim that spot) is now simply a battle for bragging rights... and perhaps a psychological advantage should these two teams meet in the playoffs.
Following last week's thrashing of the Argonauts, the Tiger-Cats are returning to the post-season for a second consecutive year for the first time since they went to the playoffs four consecutive years from 1998 to 2001.
Last week, Montreal won their third straight East Division title, which means that if the Cats want to get to the Grey Cup, they will have to travel to Montreal on November 21st.
Hamilton still does have one thing to play for: a home playoff game. Any combination of two Tiger-Cat wins, two Argonaut losses or one Hamilton win and one Toronto loss will ensure that the East Division Semi-Final will once again be held at Ivor Wynne Stadium.
Montreal has not been an easy opponent for the Tiger-Cats this season. The Cats lost in Montreal in Week 4 and at home in Week 11. Both times, the Als decimated a Tiger-Cat team that was looking to make a statement by beating the Als.
Since the last meeting, the Tiger-Cats have added Stevie Baggs. Baggs has been an absolute monster for the Cats since his arrival, and last week versus the Argonauts, Baggs played like a man possessed. His addition might tip the balance in Hamilton's favour. The Defense, in general, has been phenomenal the past two weeks against the Eskimos and Argonauts, allowing a mere 14 points total in two games.
This has the makings of a great game, so I hope the stands are packed on Friday night. Let's make it loud and show the CFL, and Canada as a whole, that the Tiger-Cats, the HAMILTON TIGER-CATS, are for real.
In case you can't make it out to the game for whatever reason, you can always catch the game on the radio on AM900 CHML and Y108 or on television on TSN and TSN HD.