Tiger-Cats vs. Alouettes 2011 EDSF Play-by-Play Game Thread

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.

Television: TSN/RDS.

Internet: Visit http://www.900chml.com and click the “listen live? link, or simply click here to listen to CHML now.

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 and here for articles on today's game on Ticats.ca.

Click here for the game preview on Ticats TV.

Click here for the Tiger-Cats depth chart.

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?

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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...

GO TICATS!

Great job BYF... as usual..

I'm stoked.. I think we win big today.. Montreal's D is depleted and their secondary is a band-aid, KG, C Williams and AC will have to bring their A game, but I have confidence in them!

Thanks as always, BYF!

I will be attending the game at the Big O today with my fiancee and her friend. I’ll weigh in with my thoughts about the game later.

Oski Wee Wee!

Russ

Thank you BobYoungfan. As always, a great job setting the stage, particularly on this most important, and hopefully historic game for all that support the black and gold!

Russ, good to hear that you will be there in person. Please give an extra boisterous okee wee wee for all of us at home.

Russ: if you see a TV camera pointing your way wave something so we can see you! Tiger-Cat regalia should be easy to spot in a sea of Alouette stuff. :smiley:

Half: regardless of what has happened this 8-10 season I still think this game today could go either way. We have put up a lot of points against Montreal this season so I hope the coaching staff has a game plan (with adjustments!) that works.

Agreed....

I like our chances, if we do two things on offence successfully.
a) utilize Cobourne to its fullest - running game, pass out of the backfield, picking up the blitz, etc.
b) we need to throw the deep ball - Williams, Thigpen, Kelly, whoever; the Als secondary is in rough shape and we can beat him doing this.

Thanks again,BYF. Great job, as usual.

Some facts about today's game that are indisputable. ( my opinion)

  1. Montreal is the better team by far.
    2, Montreal has the better QB by far.
  2. Nontreal has the better Head Coach by far.

Having said that, this is a playoff game, and past records don't mean anything

IF, and that's a big IF, out team comes out and plays to their absolute best potential.
Fingers crossed....GO, Cats, GO!

I don't want to speak negative at this point, but if we really must lose and I hope we don't, Don't let it be by a

point or two, that will be really hard to fathum. Let the lose be by two TD's or more so we know exactly where we stand.

If we lose I want know excusess from the Ticats.

Anyhow ......Let's win this one so I can forget about the above. GO CATS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Milton is on the radio saying Marcel coaching for his job today. Interesting...

Thanks for the compliments on how I started the thread.

Russ, I'll miss you here. But I do prefer that you be there at the game. Have fun. Hope you'll start a "kiss the witches" thread after your return.

Kickoff coming up. Will a hero rise or will we be talking about scapegoats? We'll soon find out.

6 minutes! Now hopefully my daughter and wife will stop bugging me for the next 3+ hours...

Which radio station is that - serious question. 900 CHML has a vacation info-mercial on both the airwaves and on-line.

Great job BYF. Let's hope you get to do another TiCats game thread next week.

Oskie Wee Wee!

The most accurate predictor of whether we've won or lost this year has been my expectations. When I've lost all hope, we've ended up winning. When I'm feeling great about our chances, we end up producing a stinker.

Based on that contrarian theory, and the fact that I had lost almost all hope after the last game of the regular season, I thought things might bode well for the playoffs. However, Montreal looked so bad last week that I started to think we had a shot - which is bad because I always seem to be wrong.

At the moment, I really don't like our chances. And that should mean that we've got a great chance! Let's all hope I'm wrong, as usual.

Thanks Ock.

In last year's EDSF, the story was the self-destuction of the team with all those unforced errors.

The year before, it was that great comeback to tie, only to have things come apart in OT.

What will the story be this year?

TSN's coverage on now!

Sorry, just saw your post. CJAD

http://cjad.player.amri.ca/

GO CATS GO!
EVERYONE!!!!

OSKEE WEE WEE
OSKEE WAH WAH
HOLY MACINAW
TIGERS EATEM RAW!!!!!!! :rockin: :rockin: :rockin:

Ok Tabbies.. time to kick some ass...... GO CATS!!!!!

scratchingpost Drew Edwards Both the #Alouettes and #Ticats gathered at midfield after introductions and the trash talking looked fierce. #CFL 3 minutes ago » Drew Edwards scratchingpost Drew Edwards Olympic Stadium isn't anywhere near full but the crazy acoustics of this place still make normal conversation impossible. It's loud in here. 4 minutes ago
Kickoff coming up...