Back To Work In Burlington
On Sunday, for the second time in 2011, the Tiger-Cats brought their colours to Burlington.
With the players fresh off a bye week, the Ticats took to the field at Notre Dame Secondary School for their first practice of the second part of the season.
A solid showing of Ticat fans from the Burlington area were on hand to get a closer look at their Tigertown team. “We have a lot of great support from all of the surrounding communities, Stoney Creek, Burlington and Hamilton,? defensive end Stevie Baggs said after signing some autographs.
“Anytime you can get Black and Gold throughout this whole province its awesome and it’s only going to get better when we keep winning.?
Long time Ticat offensive lineman, Marwan Hage, who is known for his many community endeavors, relishes any chance he gets to interact with members of TigerTown.
“Whenever you can go out in the community in TigerTown, and mingle with fans its always good,? he said. “I’ve just become one of the citizens. You represent them physically and emotionally on the field. “
“I know the community is happy that they get a chance to interact with us and get a chance to see us up close,? Baggs added. “I think that is one of the things that fans don’t get enough of. “
After getting some time away from the mental and physical grind of the CFL schedule, the Ticats were eager to get back on the field and continue working towards claiming the Grey Cup in 2011.
“You look at it as a mid-point where you set yourself up for the second half run,? Hage said. “You really don’t want to be 0-7 going into the bye week. You want to put yourself in a position to be competitive and chase that goal, which I think we have.“
Baggs enters the back end of the CFL schedule with what he calls a ‘renewed mindset’ after getting a to spend the bye week at his off-season home in Atlanta.
“I spent it with the family and enjoyed some time at home recovering and resting,? he said. “After a week off you can break up those small nicks and nags and get back to it, the body feels awesome.?
Hage feels rejuvenated as well.
“The bye week was a very good chance to get a mental break. Step away, refresh,? he said. “I spent some time coaching kids in Moncton and I went back to Montreal.?
“I highly recommend bye weeks.?
After posting a win over the hated Argos, 37-32 before the week away from the field, Hamilton will face the division leading, and surprise team of the CFL this season, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in their first contest of the latter part the season. The Tiger-Cats will be looking to avenge a season opening 24-16 loss to the Blue and Gold at Canad Inns Stadium on Friday night.
Great Job again Ticats!! :thup: :thup: