As has been mentioned in threads about the CFL schedule both last year - and this year - the regular season scheduling for games between Hamilton and Ottawa has been stupid.
Last season - we did not play until the last two games of the season. This year again we don't play Ottawa until back to back games in the 15th and 16th games of the 18 game season.
That's not right. There is something to be said for a more balanced schedule - such as what the Premier League use in soccer. You play the other 19 teams once in the first half of the season and again in the second half. That is a fairer schedule IMO.
But the reason for this post now - it has just been noted on the Ti-Cats board that Ottawa Redblacks have just announced that ALL their starters are staying home and will not be coming to Hamilton for the game Friday night. Why? Because their other preseason game was just on Monday night and 3 days rest is not enough.
I can't blame them for that decision but it is not a good situation for so many reasons.
I'm sure the Redblacks would prefer to get their starters more game action prior to the 'real' games start - to sharpen their timing etc.
And is not fair to Ti-Cats fans who have paid (game is a sellout) to see this game and are not going to see any starters - not even for a quarter - for the visiting team.