Like many Hamilton fans, I was very disappointed with the loss. After a good nights sleep and now possessing, I hope, a clearer mind, I see hope and some positive things.
Despite the bad penalties, mistakes, missed opportunities and such, as others have pointed out, this team came within 3 points of tying a game against the team with the best record in the CFL. The men of the black and gold fought til the bitter end and never gave up. I was proud of their determination.
And before we hang our secondary out to dry, this is the same group that a couple of games ago did such a superb job against Montreal's excellent receiving corp and the best quarterback that this league has seen in some time and may never see again, Anthony Cavillo.
And let's not forget that they played this game in Winnipeg's backyard against a sold out and very very noisy crowd.
Take away the fumble at the goal line by Chris Williams and the missed field goal and it could have been a 7 point win for the Cats. By the way, on that fumble, the replay showed to me a Chris Williams slowing down to allow some blocking so he could go for the end zone, I think the kid showed some smarts there. The fumble not so much. Keep in mind that he also caught 7 passes for 162 yards and got us one TD. It's not like he didn't contribute.
This adversity will serve this team well later in the season should Hamilton have to go against this same team or another in a playoff game.
I think, if our team proved anything last night, is that the Tiger cats lost the game more than the BB's won it and that this other blue team is ENTIRELY beatable.
Chins up. These next two games will show how much character the Tiger cats truly have. We'll get another crack at the Bombers later in the season too.
P.S...Winnipeg has yet to play Montreal. We'll see shortly how they stack up after those encounters. I said I was hopeful...I didn't say I wasn't bitter!!!!