So I can't lie I am distraught over this loss. I assumed I would feel better today but man I couldn't help but replay moments in my mind all day at work. I have watched the highlights about half dozen times already and just need to vent my thoughts to all you lovely fans on the forum. (Sorry for very inconsistent grammar)
-We played a great game of football. Sure we got punched in the mouth early but we scrapped our way back and I couldnt be prouder of the team. We coulda, shoulda and woulda won this ball game but it just wasn't meant to be.
-Bo Levi was incredible last night, I dont know if ive ever seen someone escape a collapsing pocket with such ease. He stepped up so many times and just calmly chucked it up for one of his receivers to go get.
-Which brings me to my next thought, the Stamps wr corp was clutch last night, they made multiple grabs in tight coverage and Rogers was a beast just finding ways to get open and also came down with a few tough ones. The Stamps offence just made big play after big play and proved they dont need Cornish to win a game.
-I loved the shovel pass to Lewis, that was one greasy play but hats off to Dickenson for a great play design.
-We absolutely shut Cornish down, I dont care decoy or not, you better believe if Cornish was ripping us up on the ground they would have kept feeding him the rock. I understand and respect the gameplan of using him as a decoy, but we still shut his a** down when he did have the ball, which not many defences can claim.
-Collaros played one hell of a game, so happy he is our quarterback, he made so many big throws and showed how much heart he has by clawing us down the field multiple time.…but
-I said it all season long, we cannot keep settling for field goals and expect to win, and it absolutely killed us last night. We got within striking distance 4 times and just couldnt come away with 7. If im Collaros, Condell and Austin, I am making that the number one priority in the offseason. We need to be waaaay more productive in the redzone, we just have to be, frustrated me all year.
-Hope Condell also realized what an asset a good running game can be. Grigsby had a few really nice runs and I woulda called 2 runs as well down on the 2 yard line. That is the play that eats at me the most, down on the 2 yard line you just have to punch that in, I had all the confidence in the world Grigsby would get in but like i said before, just wasnt meant to be, Stamps made a HUGE stop.
-Brandon Stewart got exposed in our two playoff games, he got schooled by SJ Green and then Calgary made him look silly again last night, in my opinion if there's a weak link on our defense it has to be Stewart.
-I don't understand the decision by Kent Austin to kick the ball with just 2 minutes left on the clock making it a 4 point game. Where does that get you? If you just go for it on 3rd down either you end up converting and getting another crack at the end zone, getting the touchdown that we actually need, or you don't convert and Calgary is still pinned deep and we have a chance to stuff their offence and get the ball back for one more chance. Just a bad decision I think, still trying to understand it.
-Ultimately we all knew I had to come to the penalty call and in my opinion it was obviously a judgement call but if I was in Taylor Reed's situation I never would have touched the guy, you clearly could see the name on the back of his jersey, Reed had no reason to touch him, really bugs me that Sinkfield seemed to have him lined up anyways, the block was completely unnecessary. I will never forget the feeling I got in my stomach as I watched Brandon Banks run down the sidelines knowing that it was all for not. Broke my heart too see how upset he was, I want to say I would have reacted differenly but I feel no anger towards Banks for his reaction and blowing the media off after the game, poor guy tried to put the team on his back last night and thought he had done it, just freaking heartbreaking.
-Finally, still happy too see Bo Levi and Huf get the cup, Stamps were the class of the league and deserve to be called champions… But goddamn how different the script could have been. But this team is too young, too good and too well coached not to be back to the big dance on more than one occasion, I really think we have something special brewing here in Hamilton.
I appreciate you reading if you somehow got all the way to the end. I feel a bit better now, but probably wont be fully recovered till we tee up a ball again next season and start all over from scratch.
I love this team, cant wait till we can finally celebrate that long awaited cup, its coming real soon I am very confident.