Sweetness and Light at Leos Game Thread, Fri Aug 8, 10 pm et

Fri August 8
Hamilton at B.C.
10pm et/7pm pt

A very important game for the Cats. Hamilton needs to finish a winnable game to get some momentum in a still open East division race. For Dan LeFevour, it's another game where he can make a definitive statement at the controls. For BC, it is a big one to get back into the race for first.

Oski Wee Wee,


Some game facts by Drew Edwards

[b]Scouting report: Ticats vs. Lions

Hamilton (1-4) at B.C. (3-3), Friday, 10 p.m. B.C. Place, Vancouver | TV: TSN | Radio: CHML

The storyline for Vancouver: Coming off a come-from-behind road win in Calgary, the Lions are trying to establish some momentum after an up-and-down start. Ex-Ticat Kevin Glenn gets the start at quarterback but much of the discussion this week surrounded the imminent return of Travis Lulay, who is recovering from off-season shoulder surgery. Lulay is on the roster and if KG falters.

What the Lions like to do on offence: In short: get the ball to Andrew Harris. The Canadian running back is a feature of both the passing and running games, while receiver Courtney Taylor has 20 catches for 195 yards in the last three games, the most receptions by any CFL player over that span.

What the Lions like to do on defence: Their two massive defensive tackles — Khalif Mitchell and Eric Taylor — cause major disruptions along the line, freeing up B.C.'s athletic linebackers to rack up the tackles. The secondary is loaded with experience, led by 11-year vet Dante Marsh.

Where Vancouver starts Canadians: Running back Andrew Harris, offensive linemen Hunter Steward, Matt Norman and Dean Valli, receivers Marco Iannuzzi and Shawn Gore, safety J.R. LaRose.

Key injuries: The only player of note is offensive tackle Andre Ramsey, who was the starter at left tackle coming out of training camp but was injured in the first game of the season.

Interesting factoid: West Division teams own a 13-2 advantage against East Division teams so far this season. B.C. is 1-1 against the East while the Ticats are 0-4 against the West in 2014

Five funky Lion stats:

• Winning percentage of Lions quarterback Kevin Glenn in games he has started against the Ticats: .722 (a career high)

•Yards from scrimmage for running back Andrew Harris, who leads the CFL: 722.

•Number of tackles for CFL leader and B.C. linebacker Solomon Elimimian: 49 (21 more than No. 2 man and teammate Adam Bighill.)

•Number of players in CFL history who have 10 or more tackles in three straight games, a number Elimimian can reach against the Ticats: 0

•Turnover ratio in B.C.'s three wins this season: plus-7. In their three losses: minus-8.

The storyline for Hamilton: At 1-4 and having lost a number of agonizingly close games — including a last-play heartbreaker to the Bombers last week — the Ticats need to start racking up some wins just to feel a little better about themselves and ease the mounting pressure.

Where the Ticats will start Canadians: Receivers Andy Fantuz and Sam Giguere, offensive lineman Mike Filer and Tim O'Neill, safety Craig Butler, defensive tackles Ted Laurent and Brian Bulcke, corner Courtney Stephen.

Key injuries: starting quarterback Zach Collaros, back-up safety Neil King, offensive linemen Joel Figueroa, Peter Dyakowski and Greg Wojt.

Interesting factoid: The Ticats have lost three games by margins of one, three and four points this season. Last season, the Tiger-Cats went 3-1 in the four games decided four points or less.

Five funky Hamilton stats:

• Number of times Ticats punter Justin Medlock has pinned an opponent inside the 20 so far this season: 15 (tops in the CFL.)

• Number of players on the Ticats with more than one sack this season: 0

• Number of quarterbacks who lead their teams in rushing: 1 (the Ticats' Dan LeFevour.)

• Number of tackles linebacker Simoni Lawrence will amass this season if he continues at his current pace: 138 (which would break the Ticats single-season record held by Zeke Moreno.)

• Average number of yards gained by the Ticats on second down this season: 3.9 (worst in the CFL)

Connections: Former Ticats on the Lions include quarterback Kevin Glenn, linebacker Jamall Johnson and long snapper Jordan Matechuk. Former Marauder Jason Arakgi is in his seventh season with the club.

Last time these teams met: The Ticats won 37-29 on Sept. 7, 2013, in Guelph on the sorta-but-not-really Labour Day game

Referee: Kim Murphy

TSN play-by-play crew: Rod Black and Duane Forde.

Weather forecast: The game is in a dome and the roof should be open as it's expected to be 25 degrees and sunny.[/b]

http://www.tsn.ca/cfl/story/?id=458972 << TSN.ca's pregame article, featuring comments from Kevin Glenn, Adam Bighill, and other Lions.

Oski Wee Wee,


• Number of times Ticats punter Justin Medlock has pinned an opponent inside the 20 so far this season: 15 (tops in the CFL.)
Really? Cuz I don't see any ST tackles for Medlock. He may put the ball down there, but the superb coverage teams have "pinned an opponent inside the 20..." Credit where credit is due please.

Hang time and placement contribute a lot to the coverage team's ability to contain the returner. Plus the ones that went out of bounds inside the 20, although not sure how many of those there have been.

But yes, kudos to the coverage team as well. Guess that's why it's called special teams.



Can't wait for the Eskimos to finish their practice session, so we can watch a football game!

The wife and kids are put to bed.

Time for the men to watch some football.

GO CATS GO :rockin: :rockin: :rockin:

Come on TSN make the switch already.

Listening to 900chml game hasn't started yet. BC wins coin toss

There we go... TSN2

The start is on TSN2

:( I no get tsn2 on my upstairs tv.

I said stop Harris not hurt him.

Cats not looking sharp early.
Andrew Harris, is down for BC.

Glenn is sacked!!

McCallum hits the FG.. 3-0 Leos

Whittaker with the TD! Whoda thunk it?

Meanwhile I see that the Ticats were kicking off so that likely means that they lost the coin toss - not a good sign :frowning:

Holy %$@^ we got a sack.

The last 2 minutes and 21 seconds of the EDM-MTL game has taken 20 freakin minutes.

Finally its over. Switch please.

Hi folks!

Zip it TSN switch over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!