2011 CFL East Division Semi-Final
Tiger-Cats vs. Alouettes
November 13, 2011
Tiger-Cats gameday is here again. But it's not just any other gameday. It's playoff time! And now that this day has come, it is time to post the thread for posting about the game as it happens. If you want to post about this game as it happens, this is the thread for that. Some Ticat fans may be there at the game, some may have made that road trip to Montreal to see it, but many of them are unable to be there to support the team. So there may be many posts to this thread, which will hopefully not be the last game thread for a Ticat game this year. But in any case... here we go!
WHAT – The 2011 CFL East Division Semi-Final: Tiger-Cats vs. Alouettes.
WHO - The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Montreal Alouettes.
WHY – To see which of these teams will go to Winnipeg for the EDF game and to see which one will have its season end, of course.
WHERE - Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Quebec.
WHEN - Sunday, November 13th, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. EST.
HOW - Radio: CHML (900 kHz AM) or Y108 (107.9 MHz FM) broadcasting from Hamilton.
Click here to view CFL.ca's live scoreboard for recent games. You can click the link to view this game's scoreboard whenever it becomes available, which will likely be just after the opening kickoff.
Click here to view Drew Edwards' blog. He'll likely keep his blog updated during the game.
Click here for today's weather forecast. I understand that this game will be played in a domed stadium that does not have a retractable roof, but you may find it interesting to see what the weather conditions would be like if this game were outdoors. At the time I'm posting this, there is a 30% probability of precipitation this afternoon and winds of 25 km/h are expected. And at time this was posted, it was expected that the temperature will be about 12°Celsius.
This is it. Playoff time. Everything that this team has worked for since day one of training camp had to have been done with this time in mind. This is what we have been waiting for after that disappointing loss in last year's EDSF game. This is where we look to see if a disapponting 8-10 record can be forgiven and forgotten. Victory will not come easily, as it usually does not to teams visiting the Big Owe. But it can be done, although I would not go as far as John Hufnagel did during his pre-game speech prior to his team winning a Grey Cup against the Als at the Owe and suggest we have them where we want them. Although I have to wonder what Marcel Bellefeuille will say to his team with his job possibly on the line. What will he say here before the opening kickoff?
Both teams have appeared to be beatable lately, though some pundits are predicting that the Ticats will win. This Ticat team has defeated this Montreal team twice this year, but not once in Montreal this year. Can they go into the Als' house, their much larger house and get the win? The Als are the defending champions after winning consecutive Grey Cups. They tend to have little or no difficulty getting to Grey Cup games. But could it be that they have had their time? That their time is up? And that it's time for a change? A time for this Ticat team to seize the opportunity and get the win against Montreal that we have hoped to see all year long, if not longer?
And now there is only one thing left to be said in this post, which I will say a little more "loudly" than usual, and that, of course, is...