Close doesn’t count in the standings: Ti-Cats
BY:Jeff Schneberk @Game7overtime
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats (4-5) were that close to finally earning some respect in the Canadian Football League (CFL).
Unfortunately in the world of professional sports, ‘close’ rarely ever shows up in the standings.
To date, the only teams they have managed to beat were the league’s cellar-dwellers, Edmonton and Winnipeg.
They were close to finally getting past someone with a winning record.
On Friday night, they headed out west to BC where they put the BC Lions (6-3) through one of their biggest tests of the season, a game that should have exploited Hamilton’s weaknesses.
Every last one of them.
BC got on the scoreboard first, and early.
But Hamilton clawed back and made one hell of a game of it.
Hamilton was also enjoying a 3-game win streak heading into BC. But BC quarterback Travis Lulay three as many touchdown passes, including an 80-yarder to Emmanuel Arceneaux as the bigger cats (Lions) beat the smaller cats, 29-26.
Hamilton backup quarterback Dan LeFevour ran for the other TD while a Luca Congi field goal and a safety conceded by BC, accounted for Hamilton’s other scoring.
Both teams got off to a slow start, going 3-and-out twice each in the first quarter. BC turned into high gear, capitalizing on ridiculous Hamilton penalties, including a horsecollar call.
Hamilton was an onside kick away from potentially tying the game.
Ti-Cats quarterback Henry Burris did his part to keep the game close but said afterwards that it was a matter of leaving too much work to the defence in trying to stop the BC onslaught. Burris had 2 touchdown passes, one to Bakari Grant and another to Greg Ellingson, with only 25 seconds left in the game; Burris finished the game with 352 passing yards.
BC also capitalized on three-3rd-down attempts in the game.
Hamilton outscored BC by 2 points in the 2nd quarter and the 4th quarter.
One can only hope that a re-match between the Tiger-Cats and the Lions could be as entertaining as last night’s meeting. We won’t have long to wait to find out. They will be each other’s dance partner in Week #11 as BC comes to Guelph to play. Game time is slated for 4pm and the University of Guelph Stadium.
BYE BYE WILLIAMS
It looks as though there is officially zero chance that Hamilton’s star utility player Chris Williams will ever return to Steeltown. The CFL’s Players Association says the disgruntled wide receiver and kick return genius Chris Williams is now a free agent following an Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruling from Thursday.
“It is the position of the CFLPA that Chris Williams is now a free agent and is able to sign a contract in the NFL or another CFL club,” the union said in a statement.
Williams’ agent Dan Vertlieb did not immediately respond to an e-mal request for comment from the Canadian Press, but that did not stop the Wendy’s Friday Night Football on TSN crew from weighing in on what has become laughable at this point.
Williams signed a contract, he should live up to its expectations, said the entire TSN panel. Williams is more than likely running out of options and it is probably only going to hurt him. And his agent is hurting him, they added.
He also seems to be taking some bad advice from an idiot of an agent. Another CFL club may actually try to sign him but what if he pulls the same stunt there?
And if he actually thinks he is good enough to make even a basement team in the USA, then he probably really is out to lunch.
The NFL has just completed its first round of cuts and there likely isn’t much room for this Williams kid to fit in anywhere as he hasn’t played a down of football since the one playoff game last year.
Williams was property of the Cleveland Browns back in 2009 and saw time on the practice roster. Then he was let go.
My advice to Williams?
Get a new agent you dumbass.
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