Week 1: Hamilton Tiger-Cats (8-10) at Winnipeg Blue Bombers (15-3)

CFL.ca Power Rankings

5. Hamilton Tiger-Cats

2022 record: 8-10, lost Eastern Semi-Final

Next game: At Winnipeg, June 9

The Tiger-Cats are in it to win it in 2023, playing host to the 110th Grey Cup. Everywhere you look on the roster you see all-star level talent that wasn’t there before, from Bo Levi Mitchell to Ja’Gared Davis, Duke Williams, James Butler and Jameer Thurman, to name a few. The chemistry experiment of bringing a number of new faces together begins in earnest this week on the road against a tough foe in the Bombers.

1. Winnipeg Blue Bombers

2022 record: 15-3, lost Grey Cup

Next game: Vs. Hamilton, June 9

The Bombers went through the entire 2022 season in this very spot in the power rankings, only to have their hearts broken at the 109th Grey Cup. Just when you thought the three-peat talk around Winnipeg had ended, there’s still room for a similar conversation this year. If Zach Collaros can bring home his third consecutive Most Outstanding Player award this year he’d be the first three-peat winner since Doug Flutie won his third in a row in 1993. Flutie of course won four straight and six out of seven years between 1991-1997.

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I say Winnipeg wins this game, but leaves feeling a little lucky maybe lol

You never know with BLM. Like him or not, and I kinda not, he’s still very unpredictable.


Typo on the main title. Should have both teams at 0-0 as this is the start of a new season and last year means zippo. :slight_smile:

3DN Power Rankings:

They see this game as being #1 vs #2. I think they have Hamilton overrated. We’ll see.

Photo courtesy: Bob Butrym/RFB Sport Photography

2) Hamilton Tiger-Cats (3)

While we only got a sneak peek at their revamped roster in preseason, our contributors are sold on the new-look Ticats. Bo Levi Mitchell made the most of his debut in black and gold, but the question remains as to how quickly all their talented new faces can gel. If it is with any degree of rapidity, a double-digit win season is a realistic possibility.

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1) Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1)

The Bombers will live at the top of this list until there is meaningful evidence to the contrary and not even losing star receiver Kenny Lawler to an immigration-imposed suspension can make them lose their shine. As long as two-time reigning Most Outstanding Player Zach Collaros is slinging the rock and Mike O’Shea is patrolling the sideline, all the rest is just window-dressing.


Weather report from Winnipeg. Today we had another sizzler. Over 40 degrees on the humidex. We may get some thunderstorms and some wind is forecast for tomorrow but if it doesn’t break Friday night’s game will be a scorcher. At least no forest fire fallout as I read is unfortunately the case in some other CFL cities.



Player Name Position Injury MON TUES WED Game Status
Mason Bennett DL Shoulder Limited Full
Ja’Gared Davis DL Knee Limited Full
Joel Figueroa OL Knee Limited DNP
Myles Manalo FB Head DNP Limited
Tyler Ternowski WR Hamstring Limited Full
Chris Van Zeyl OL Hips Limited Full
Duke Williams WR Knee Limited Full
Alex Fontana OL Knee DNP DNP


Player Name Position Injury MON TUES WED Game Status
Mike Miller FB Shoulder DNP DNP
Tui Eli OL Lower Leg DNP DNP
Winston Rose DB Foot DNP DNP
Jamal Parker DB Ankle DNP DNP
Cam Lawson DB Knee DNP DNP

Game Notes:


Are they releasing the starting lineup today?

I think they will. I just searched the teams’ social media and nothing as yet.

It’s always 24 hours before kickoff.
I would expect it by 9PM est today

I’ll take lucky & a win any day.



Hopefully, this will be easier to see:

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Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Position Player Injury Status
FB Myles Manalo Head Out
WR Duke Williams Knee In
WR Tyler Ternowski Hamstring In
OL Joel Figueroa Knee GTD
OL Chris Van Zeyl Hip Out
OL Alex Fontana Knee Out
DL Mason Bennett Shoulder In
DL Ja’Gared Davis Knee In

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Position Player Injury Status
FB Mike Miller Shoulder GTD
OL Tui Eli Leg Out
DB Winston Rose Foot Out
DB Jamal Parker Ankle Out
DT Cam Lawson Knee Out

Cam Lawson is a DT, not a DB.

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I just copy-and-pasted the chart, but as it turns out, I can edit it. So thanks for the correction!


Any score predictions for tonight’s game?

Winnipeg game day, I need to display a Bomber’s avatar, I still support the LGBTQ2+ community :rainbow:


I won’t give you a score but I will tell you that we’ll waffle them . :grinning: :waffle: