Five reasons why Hamilton Tiger-Cats will win Grey Cup

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1. Run defence

The Tiger-Cats boasted the CFL’s best run defence this year, giving up a paltry 77 yards per game. So the Grey Cup will feature the unstoppable force (Calgary running back Jon Cornish) against the immovable object (Hamilton’s front seven), and it should be quite the battle. The Ticats allowed an average of 4.6 yards per carry, which means opposing running backs barely got past their defensive line. If you want to drop a name or two to your buddy in Banff, mention Tabbies defensive tackle Ted Laurent or linebacker Simoni Lawrence as big reasons for Hamilton’s dominance in this department.

2. Brandon Banks

The diminutive kick returner was part magician, part contortionist in last week’s semifinal win over the Alouettes, returning two punts for touchdowns and having a third called back. The former Washington Redskins returner has a knack for coming up big in big games, and he can also be dangerous in the passing game. And if your aunt from Airdrie fires back by saying the Stampeders haven’t allowed a return touchdown this year, say this: “Neither had the Alouettes.?

3. Kicking game

Special teams are one-third of the game, and the Ticats have a definite edge in the field goal department. Hamilton kicker Justin Medlock connected on 88% of his kicks this season, while Calgary’s Rene Paredes struggled to a 73.3% success rate. And while Calgary’s Rob Maver has a three-yard edge on Medlock in the punting department, Medlock has a three-yard advantage on Paredes when it comes to kickoffs. Remind your client in Canmore that Paredes couldn’t even make half of his kicks from outside 40 yards this year and say, “Good luck with that 42-yarder to win on the final play of the game!?

4. YAC

If there’s one advantage the Ticats have over the Stampeders, it’s team speed. This is a big reason why the Ticats had 2,245 YAC, or yards after the catch, this season. Their little speedsters like Banks, Terrell Sinkfield and even Mossis Madu have shown the ability to make the catch and then make even bigger things happen. Calgary was way back in the pack with only 1,678 YAC in 2014. Tell your mom in Medicine Hat that she better look out for the hitch screen and the swing pass.

5. Passing game

Put a scare into your favourite Stamps fan with this statistic: The CFL is a passing league, and the Ticats had way more passing yards per game than the Stampeders. Sure, Calgary had Cornish running wild for it, but he played only half the season. Plus, if Hamilton can shut down Cornish on Sunday, then Calgary quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell is going to have to go to the air, where he and Stamps managed just 234 yards per game compared to 270 for Zach Collaros and the Tiger-Cats. Take that, all you Ticats doubters from Drumheller.

PREDICTION: Mr.Cornish no if, ands, or buts, about it,WILL NOT I repeat WILL NOT get even close to 100 yds rushing tomorrow. Jon may I introduce you to #5-Justin Hickman,#40-Eric Norwood,#72-Bryan Hall,#97-Ted Laurent,#98-Linden Gaydosh. You never got to meet these fellas this year,believe me they all can't wait to meet you. :smiley:

PREDICTION:Speedy "B" will give the Stamps fits all game and will go over 100 yds combined yardage and will be taking at least one punt return to the house GUARANTEED !!! The Stamps will NOT have an answer for the league's Most Exciting Player.

PREDICTION:Zach Collaros will outgain his counterpart Bo Levi in passing yards and will throw more TD's than Mitchell on the day

PREDICTION:Justin Medlock will outkick the duo of Paredes and Maver on the day connecting on more fgs and pinning the Stamps deep all game long with precision coffin corner punting.

PREDICTION:The Breaux Show will shut down the Stamps phenom Eric Rogers making him a total non factor in the game much like he did to that "son of a Hall of Famer" aka Duron "I've got a big yap but can't back it up" Carter.

And those are my five reasons or predictions why the Cats will emerge victorious in tomorrows Grey Cup :rockin: if anybody has anything else to add please feel free to keep this list going :rockin: OSKI-WEE-WEE !!! GO CATS GO !!! GREY CUP 2014

Great 5 points these Stats don't lie , I guess the TSN Boyz don't like to highlight pro Ticat stats?!

Some more interesting stats
http://www.torontosun.com/2014/11/28/ticats-notebook-hamilton-star-feelin-fantuz-stic

(I've bolded the ones that worry me most)

CHALLENGES Calgary was 5-for-9 in challenges Hamilton was 3-for-14 in challenges

NET POINTS
Calgary scored 164 more points than it allowed
Hamilton scored 22 more points than it allowed

POINTS PER GAME
Calgary No. 1 with 26.6 points per game
Hamilton No. 4 with 19.9 points per game

OFFENSIVE TOUCHDOWNS
Calgary scored 52 offensive touchdowns
Hamilton scored 30 offensive touchdowns

DEFENSIVE TOUCHDOWNS
Hamilton scored 4 defensive touchdowns
Calgary scored 3 defensive touchdowns

RETURN TOUCHDOWNS
Hamilton had four return touchdowns
Calgary scored one return touchdown

POINTS AGAINST
Calgary allowed a league-low 17.6 points defensively
Hamilton was fifth at 19.5

OFFENSIVE TOUCHDOWNS ALLOWED
Calgary allowed 30 offensive touchdowns
Hamilton allowed 34 offensive touchdowns

DEFENSIVE TOUCHDOWNS ALLOWED
Calgary allowed four defensive touchdowns
Hamilton allowed four defensive touchdowns

RETURN TOUCHDOWNS ALLOWED
Calgary allowed no return touchdowns
Hamilton allowed one return touchdown

TURNOVER RATIO
Calgary had the best turnover ratio at +14
Hamilton tied for the fourth best turnover ratio at +5

TAKEAWAYS
Calgary was second in the league with 43 takeaways
Hamilton was tied for third with 42 takeaways

GIVEAWAYS
Calgary had league low 29 giveaways
Hamilton was fourth with 37 giveaways

POINTS PER TAKEAWAY
Calgary had 2.7 points per takeaway
Hamilton had 2.5 points per takeaway

INTERCEPTIONS
Calgary tied for first with 20 interceptions
Hamilton was fourth with 17 interceptions

FUMBLE RECOVERIES
Hamilton tied for second with 18 fumble recoveries
Calgary was eighth with 10 fumble recoveries

POINTS PER GIVEAWAY
Hamilton gave up 2.3 points per giveaway
Calgary gave up 3 points per giveaway

INTERCEPTIONS THROWN
Calgary threw a league low 11 interceptions
Hamilton had the third-fewest interceptions with 16

FUMBLES
Calgary had the fifth fewest fumbles with 15
Hamilton had the sixth fewest fumbles with 16

RED ZONE PERCENTAGE
Calgary was first in red zone percentage at 77%
Hamilton was ninth in red zone percentage at 40%

RED ZONE DEFENCE
Calgary had the second best red zone defence at 47%
Hamilton had the sixth best red zone defence at 55%

BIG PLAYS
Calgary tied for second with 48 big plays
Hamilton tied for fourth with 46 big plays

BIG RUSHES
Calgary was second with 17 big rushes
Hamilton tied for fifth with 11 big rushes

BIG PASSES
Hamilton was fifth with 24 big passes
Calgary was seventh with 22 big passes

BIG RETURNS
Hamilton was third with 11 big returns
Calgary tied for fourth with nine big returns

BIG RUSHES AGAINST
Calgary tied for first with 10 big rushes against
Hamilton tied for first with 10 big rushes against

BIG PASSES AGAINST
Calgary was sixth with 27 big passes against
Hamilton tied for seventh with 28 big passes against

BIG RETURNS AGAINST
Calgary tied for second with 6 big returns against
Hamilton was fourth with 8 big returns against

YARDS ON FIRST DOWN
Calgary was first with 7.2 yards on first down
Hamilton was fourth with 6.4 yards on first down

RUSHING YARDS ON FIRST DOWN
Calgary was first with 7.1 rushing yards on first down
Hamilton was fourth with 5.6 rushing yards on first down

PASSING YARDS ON FIRST DOWN
Calgary was first with 7.5 passing yards on first down
Hamilton was second with 6.9 passing yards on first down

CALGARY
AHEAD IN 23 CATEGORIES

HAMILTON
AHEAD IN 6 CATEGORIES

TOSS-UPS
2 CATEGORIES

This writer in the Edmonton Sun - is brutally blunt: The Ticats don't have a hope.

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well ESPN's Chris Berman predicts a 30-29 Tiger-cats win, and that is good enough for me. :smiley: