Eastern Semi Final

With the announcement today that the Cats would platoon BLM and Schiltz I thought it was time for a new eastern semi thread.

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The Day 1 injury report appears to show that the only injury the TiCats suffered in the regular season ender was to DL Jonathon Kongbo, who did not participate in today’s first playoff practice.

The other guys may have lost their starting LG, Lesage and, perhaps, a special teamer, Canadian LB Tyrell Richards.
On the bight side for them, 2023 Transactions - CFL.ca shows that WR Greg Ellingson has been taken off their 6-game injured list is practising with his team.

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Happy to see WR James Butler is ready to go! Lol.

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Now if we can just get James Butler the RB going we 'll be all set ! :grinning:

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Going to the game …should be interesting.
Some folks have said its hard to beat a team 3 times …well in that case its gonna be impossible for alouettes to beat the cats 4 times…just for the cats to get an opportunity to not get beaten 5 times in season by the same team!

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Perhaps the staffer who prepared the TiCat list, for the league, may have been busy, still putting together a depth chart for last week’s game. :face_with_spiral_eyes:

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Its not looking good for us. Were not a good team and definitely not a team ready to win 3 in a row and beat two teams we lost every game to this season

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We can beat Montreal and we can beat BC or Winnipeg, but it’s going to take a miracle to beat the Argos. And agree 100% - three in a row for this team feels impossible.

One game at a time!

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Some very kind words for “Coach O” from JB

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Tim White

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Interesting comments, from Bo, in that 3DownNation story, and impressive handling of the media’s questions by Matt.
Thanks for the links, Grover.

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I wish I had more faith but were doomed. This is a bad team plain and simple. Not because of the players but because of a failure by ownership, coaching and management.

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For the past few days, the predicted weather for the semi-final was showers or light rain. Today, the forecast has improved to calling for very similar conditions to last Saturday in the skies and the wind direction and velocity, but about 4 Celsius degrees cooler.

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if you have two quarterbacks, you actually have none.” John Madden

Never been a fan of a QB rotation in game. I’m not big on our chances this Saturday, regardless.

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We’re not alone, in our dream for this week. A Saskatchewan sports talk radio host and writer, for cfl.ca, is going on a hunch, in predicting a happy Saturday for our Cats.
Weekly Predictor: Who advances to the Finals? - CFL.ca

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What does ownership have to do with it? he doesn’t hire players or coaches or GMs

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Great read here!

Butler finished third overall in rushing with 1,116 yards, his second straight 1,000-yard campaign. He’s Hamilton’s first 1,000-yard rusher since 2010 when DeAndra’ Cobb had 1,173 yards.

But the 5-9, 210-pound Butler accumulated 406 rushing yards on 86 carries through Hamilton’s first eight regular-season games before offensive co-ordinator Tommy Condell and the Ticats mutually parted ways. In nine games with senior assistant Scott Milanovich calling plays, Butler ran for 710 yards on 149 carries.

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No real surprise there.

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I do not share your pessimism - at least this weekend.
I agree with @guelphcatsfan . . . in my opinion (which is not worth a plugged nickel) this current version of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats is much better than the 'Cats team that lost 2 home games versus the Alouettes earlier in the Summer. When the 'Cats win this game, I will not even consider it an upset, in spite of the 0 - 3 record vs. the Alouettes this season.

The Alouettes will be clearing out their lockers on Sunday (or perhaps Monday). And next week will be a completely different story . . . but we will worry about that game later.
“One game at a time” as @guelphcatsfan has pointed out.

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