Good reasoning, beaglehound. But too much can happen between now and after the Montreal game. Lets just go into Ivor Wynne and keep the ball rolling, keep playing clean games without too many turnovers or penalties and keep getting off to a good start.
The 'Cats will be without Terry Grant, who has been shredding opposition defences on the ground this month., so they might have a ringer we've never seen any film on carrying the rock. We could get injury troubles, like the four we lost in the Saskatchewan game. Or Calgary and Edmonton could get hot while we crap the bed for a week or two. You just never know until it is mathematically decided. Calgary looks discombobulated lately, with Burris getting pulled three weeks straight. And did anyone else think Drew Tate really stepped in and played well in the second half of their game last week against the Steeltown 'Cat?
I hate to say it, given the remarkable turnaround of this season, but I am a bit nervous about this upcoming game in Hamilton. Not so much about the Tiger Cats, I think we are a much better all around team than them. Its more the fact that winning streaks eventually end and we might be without all, or some, of the above: Dante Marsh, Shawn Gore, Jason Arakgi and Tim Brown. Of the four, the concussions to Marsh and Gore seems the most critical. Hopefully replacing Dante at short side corner with Jerome Dennis isn't too much of a drop off. We'll miss Gore on offence if he has to be a out a while, but it is at least four weeks until the first playoff games. And we have Marco Ianuzzi and a healthy Paris Jackson itching to see more game time. Brown has been average at punt returns but has busted some decent kickoff returns and had a few good runs inside in recent weeks. Arakgi is a gamer on the cover teams and it is always harder to replace the good Canadian guys, so losing him with a hairline fracture of his ankle for any time is sort of a reverse ratio buster. But on the other hand, the Lions kickoff coverage has been les than great for several game now, so finding another Canadian special teamer doesn't seem too too tough for the likes of Shivers and Buono. This year we are really doing it offensively by committee, which makes it impossible for opposition coordinators to throw a blanket over one or two players.
Whatever happens in Steeltown, lets pack the joint on October 29th. If we play well for the next two weeks the Nov. 5th game against the Alouettes might even be a mean-nothing game. if Calgary and/or Edmonton crap the bed this week we could wrap up the West on Oct 29, so let's pack the place that night too and show the league what the 13th man really means!
What a year to be a Lions fan, eh boys!
Dooger in Surrey :cowboy: