I was at the game, and had a great time. I have some observations to make. But first let me start by saying... for a Ticat fan (and I'm one of them) to come on to this forum and brag that we won is a) trolling, and b) an inaccurate boast, considering it's only preseason. I saw this on a previous post and it's ridiculous IMHO.
Remember, neither team had all of their starters playing. Winnipeg had Hunt, Willis, Ralph, Reid, Brown, etc. sitting out the game. Hamilton had Maurice Mann, Knowlton, Floyd, Jamal Johnson, etc. sitting out. Also, teams run a 'vanilla' offense in the preseason, rarely throwing in any unique plays from their playbook. So, this is not an accurate portrayal of how these two teams will play each other this year.
That being said, I was impressed with my Tabbies, and have a cautious optimism for the upcoming year. Cobb had a few big runs. This Heyward kid from Texas impressed me as a DB. Our O-line was pretty good, as was our D-line. This Manson guy looks like our PR for the year. However, Porter I was not impressed with. I would not be surprised to see Tafralis overtake him for #2. Glenn overthrew a couple passes, but also connected on a few big ones, so it's ok. Our DBs could learn to tighten up a little as well. That was a problem last year too.
But what am I doing talking about the Ticats on a Bomber forum (like I never do that ). While I don't know all your players names like I do the Ticats, I'll do my best here. Let me start by saying that the professionalism of the Blue Bomber squad is x2 better than last year. The subtraction of Mike Kelly and the positive, collected attitude of Paul Lapolice will do wonders for your team this year. Your guys gelled, and they seemed to genuinely enjoy being out there today (that's something I never saw in the Bombers last year, even the Thanksgiving game where you destroyed us). There was no tenseness... they were loose and ready to go. Buck Pierce only played a quarter, but for whatever reason didn't look comfortable. Jyles actually impressed me more than Pierce did. Jyles won the battle of the backups IMHO. If Buck goes down, you should have no problem with Jyles in there, as long as he plays like he did today. I'm sure Buck will do fine, he played good against MTL in the first preseason game. Reid didn't play so it's hard to properly evaluate your RB system. And your defense, like last year (and it seems like every year), was excellent. One thing I did notice is that WPG got a lot of penalties, but many were off-side penalties. Chalk it up to preseason, I'm sure they'll get the kinks worked out there. That Jeffers-Harris (the guy whose name sounds like an insurance company) made a HUGE play, and really impressed me as well. He will be good for you guys. Your defense is as hard-hitting as ever. Drisan James of the Ticats got absolutely HAMMERED by one of your D players (don't know name, wish I did), but still held on the ball. If that player keeps hitting like that, not many receivers will be holding on to any balls. Oh ya and Serna is fine too. After his name was announced when he came out to kick a FG, my wife turned to me and said "Did he say Setta? Is he playing for Winnipeg now?' I told her no, it's Serna! Then I told her we no longer have Setta we have Sandro, and well, it just went on from there...
Good game anyways. Can't wait for more!
There... some unbiased observations from a good preseason game. And the best part... I don't think any one can accuse me of trolling