Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. B.C. Lions blog: love ’em & hate ’em

Its How You Win That Defines You!

In what many believe could be a Grey Cup preview, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats proved every bit they can hang with the big cats of the CFL.

In a game that featured high explosive scoring plays, the BC Lions overtook the Tabbies 39-36, improving their start to 2-0 on the season.

This contest saw the Lions fight back from a deficit and showed the resolve needed to ice out a victory in the late stages.

Here are this week’s Love ‘Em and Hate ‘Em

Love ‘Em

Shawn Gore

You score two majors in a game, it’s hard not to put you at the top of the Love Em category.

Shawn Gore

I just love it when guys go into Tomcat mode…

Shawn Gore connected with Travis Lulay on TD passes of 6 and 26 yards.  I just love it when guys go into Tomcat mode, spread their wings and dive for the pylon.

(You know Tomcat, the jets from the Top Gun movie.) Hah, now you have Kenny Loggins tunes going through your head.

(lions have a nice pic of Gore diving into the endzone on their web-page)

Angus Reid of clan McHog

Not only did the O-Line provide the road grader skills when needed they gave Lulay all the time to orchestrate.  Last week the Lions O-line gave up 3 sacks, this week: goose-egg. That’s a heck of a turnaround for a squad that seen the most time in the trainer’s room.

The return game

It’s quick to point out that Tim Brown took the ball back to house for his first score of the year, many kudos for that, but that’s his job.  Run fast and elude tacklers.

He only gets into the endzone when the other eleven guys do their part too.  They were close to breaking one last week and this week they finally all clicked, made a block and provided a much needed spark. The return game finished off with 296 yards.

Almost a Pick Six for 26

This was a result of constant pressure by the D-Line early in the game.  These guys got in the head of QB Henry Burris early, forcing an errant throw into the waiting of hands Anthony Reddick.

If it wasn’t for an illegal tackle he would’ve been in.  So much needs to happen for an interception and runback by the defence, so these types of plays should always find a home in the Love Em column.

Happy Feet

The Lions finally showed a little life in the run game.  The rushing attack is finally gaining ground going off for over 200 yards on the ground.  Most importantly they were successful, when they needed to be.  Down on the 1 yard line and needing to score and also late in the game, trying to preserve a victory.  When BC needed to run, they could.

Hate ‘Em

Flag football

Turnovers can be infectious but the Lions D seemed more pre-occupied with going for the strip or the pick than going for the tackle.  It was a lot of swatting arms and ugly flailing for the most part, most evident on Chevon Walker’s 95 yard screen pass.  In total the D surrendered 400 yards in Ti-Cat offense.

Leo's Cheerleaders

This week’s Love ‘Em and Hate ‘Em

Special Teams D

For two weeks in a row this unit finds themselves in the Hate Em column.  The Leo’s were torched on many run backs, highlighted by Chris Williams’ punt return for a touchdown.

This appears to be a fundamental lax in BC’s preparation.  The poor tackling demonstrated in the specials and with every-down defense needs to be improved.  Not having Jason Aragki in the line-up was clearly evident.

Those not in attendance

While 25,000 people through the gates may seem like large number, BC Place should have been filled.  This is a championship contending home team that squared off against a team loaded with offensive talent.

I Love and applaud the fearsome front-line fanatics at BC Place. It’s great to see those that wear their colours, bang their drums, and shout through the roof but we really need to support our team. The Lions are too good to have weather dependent fans.

If this is the pride of all BC, then all BC should show up.

BC looked calm and determined most of the game, never once losing their cool even when trailing to Hamilton early.  The Ti-Cats showed much resolve after being thumped in week one, but the Leo’s proved too much to handle for Hamilton, and improve their mark to 2-0 this season.

Up next is the first away game for BC as the Lions head to the prairies and take on the Saskatchewan Roughriders in a battle of undefeated 2-0 clubs.

By the way, Chevon Walker is really fast.

Cheers, The Bartender


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