The Ticats are on a bit of a roll with good victories over Saskatchewan and Winnipeg. The Lions are not. I was slightly amazed and somewhat disappointed on how the Lions played against Edmonton on Friday night. Their run defence was absent and, due to quarterback issues, the offence only had 105 passing yards and 66 rushing yards.
I have no idea who is going to start at this point but I would be surprised if it is not Casey Printers. And if it is, the Lions have a good chance for an upset win. If not, probably not. Buck Pierce would be taking a career risk if he plays but what else is new? And Zac Champion is not ready. They still have Martell Mallett at running back and, if given enough opportunities, he could rush for well over 100 yards.
For the Ticats, a well-deserved second place position that logic says they should be able to take advantage of. There is the reality that it is tough to beat a team three times in one season as Hamilton will have to do to move on but I think they can.
Defensive coordinator Greg Marshall has done a great job of quiet achievement. Some feel he deserves consideration for a head coaching position and you would have to agree. He is very similar to Richie Hall in Edmonton; just fundamentally sound with a great work ethic and an over-emphasis on preparation.
And how about head coach Marcel Bellefeuille? He never deviates, he never sleeps; he just grinds away day after day. Marcel is one of the class acts of CFL football. But as much as coaches influence, players create.
The Kevin Glenn story is magnificent. He was quiet as Quinton Porter learned and then confident when his time came. My buddy Milt Stegall called it in mid-July, saying ‘Schultzie, Kevin Glenn will take the Ticats to the playoffs in November!' And he was right.
I don't think the Ticats will dominate on Sunday at Ivor Wynne but I do think they will win. Casey Printers to Geroy Simon is deadly but Gerg Marshall is smart and I will take smart over deadly every time.
BC 19, HAM 24
FINALLY SOME RESPECT FROM TSN!!!