Ticat Legends ........Rocky DiPietro # 23

I think this time of year brings out nostalgic thoughts in some of us who harken back to great memories of former Tiger-Cat players, teams and play-off races. I sometimes go digging around on the internet to see what I can find on these guys who were true legends during their time in Hamilton.

Today's internet search of a Ticats Legend is Rocky DiPietro:

I found a neat photo of Rocky DiPietro field up in Sault St. Marie:

[url=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/57/Rocky_dipietro_field.jpg]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/e ... _field.jpg[/url]

A photo of Rocky in Tiger-Cat action:

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Rocky's current coaching success in Niagara:

[url=http://www.wellandtribune.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2145471]http://www.wellandtribune.ca/ArticleDis ... ?e=2145471[/url]

Pigskin perfection for Gators
Posted 3 days ago

Lakeshore Catholic quarterback Gary Snyder threw for two touchdowns and ran into the end zone for another as the visiting Gators completed an undefeated season in Premier Division senior high school football with a 37-3 victory over Denis Morris.

In addition to ending the regular season 5-0, the win also clinches a first-round bye for the defending Golden Horseshoe Bowl provincial champions when the playoffs kick off next Friday with a pair of quarter-final games.

"We didn't want it (the bye) at first, but illness and injury are starting to take their toll. Hopefully, the other teams will beat each other up," said head coach Rocky DiPietro, whose team faced the Redmen yesterday afternoon in St. Catharines without Ian Marouf (injury) and Lucas Schinkel (flu).

Snyder threw scoring strikes to Jesse Benson, eight yards; and Max Hill, 25-yards; and ran into the end zone on a four-yard quarterback keeper. John Gibson and Nick Boullard also had rushing touchdowns -- 20-and 30 yards, respectively -- with Gibson rounding out the Lakeshore scoring with a 20-yard field goal and four converts.

DiPietro said he was pleased with his team's strong start against the Redmen, who fell to 0-5 with the loss.

"Our guys came out with a lot of intensity. They hit hard and are getting ready for the semifinals."

Saint Paul 30, Notre Dame 22 At Niagara Falls, the Patriots

topped the visiting Fighting Irish in a cold and rainy battle for fourth place and home-field advantage for the opening round of the playoffs.

Notre Dame ended league play 1-4 despite three touchdown passes from Jonathon Mataya to Jake Barton, for two; and Greg Krysa.

Since GeoCities has been shut down sometime within the last 24 hours of me posting this, I think the picture you were posting a link to can now be found here: http://cfl-scrapbook.no-ip.org/Hamilton.php

It appears that what you found there on that GeoCities site has been moved to that location that I posted a link to. It was good to see that, as there were some interesting articles there, and they can now be seen at that new location.

We had a good talk with Rocky at a Tiger Cat dinner last year (I can't remember if it was the Walk of Fame dinner, or the Wall of Fame dinner - which is tomorrow night, incidentally) and my friends and I sometimes run into Rocky and/or his wife at a restaurant we frequent in Niagara Falls, N.Y.