When do away teams generally practice at Ivor Wynne

So I am curious, the Lions are coming to town Saturday, and mostly Mr. Bruce is back in town. Personally he was my fav cat and still is my fav player in the CFL...but with that being said, last year at the playoff rally at Limeridge I brought my gfs two little sisters to meet their favourite players Baggs and Bruce. The oldest one met Baggs, the youngest one whos fav player is Bruce didnt get to see him and she was very upset and crying lol, so I promised her I would get her to meet him this year...Unfortunately he was traded to BC, and this is the lone trip they make to Hamilton, we will be attending the game as I have season tickets, but I would like to bring her to the stadium to hopefully get her to meet Bruce quickly if it was even possible...so could anyone perhaps let me know when they think the Lions will arrive in Hamilton, and generally when they practice, if its the day before or day of? If you could that would be great, thanks!

Adam

Visiting teams usally do what called a walk threw they day before game day. Time is usally around 11am!
Best bet to to get ahold of Scott McNaughton “Director, Communications” or Shawn Burke “Director, Football Operations”
at 905-547-CATS (2287)! To find out more.
Good luck to you and your daughter!

Hey Adam,

Practice schedules are listed here, although it hasn't been updated since Sept. 3 for some reason.
http://www.ticats.ca/page/practice-schedule

Call the TiCat office or the Lions HQ and inquire.

And if you do find out, let us know here as many forum fans may wish to partake in a practice viewing as well. :slight_smile:

Hey thanks for the replies! Regarding the practice schedule on the site, Ill ask about the cats schedule saying its not updated, but even more I really wanna find out the Lions walk through date and time for Friday, and find out if perhaps they do anything Saturday so I can get her to meet him....Unless someone can come up with a better idea to maybe get her to meet Mr. Bruce this weekend lol but its not easy now that hes not a member of our ticats, which is still a kick in the sack if u ask me...even if i went to practice to see them, im not even sure if id be able to get his attention to come on over at the end of it! I'll post details once I find out, and if you know anything feel free to post, thanks!

Adam

I called the office, they said Friday but there was no time announced.

For a couple of years now, the B.C. Lions haven't been doing their "walk throughs"
or doing interviews with the media at Ivor Wynne Stadium like they used to do.

II think the Lions are the team that, I remember reading, did their walk through
in the back parking lot of the motel that they were staying at in Burlington

Wally prefers to just go the place the Lions are staying at
and have the media come there to do their interviews .

NOT 100% but I think that your thinking Montreal, of as I know they do, maybe BC as well!

Hi Adam:

That's a cute story about your daughter wanting to meet Arland Bruce.

Good luck with your efforts, and let us know how it turns out. I'd love to hear about her reaction should she get that opportunity.

http://scratchingpost.thespec.com/2011/10/why-the-ticats-traded-arland-bruce-and-what-he-really-thinks-of-them-cfl-bclions.html#comments

I would like to say that Drew Edwards help me and my gfs lil sis meet Bruce. It was awesome and I wanna thank him for doing so. Bruce, being himself is a very classy respectful person. He gladly took time to talk to us both take pictures with autographs, he approached her with a big smile and hug, and was awesome towards her! Drew actually attached a picture on his site and attached my emails on his blog which ill post below.

Why the Ticats traded Arland Bruce (and what he really thinks of them)

A few days ago, I got an email from Scratching Post reader Adam which read, in part:

Last year I brought my girlfriend's little sisters to the playoff rally to meet their favourite players, Baggs and Bruce. The eldest one met Baggs, but the youngest was unable to get through and meet Bruce, so I promised her this year we would meet him for an autograph. Unfortunately, Arland was traded away (which I still feel that kick in the sack everytime I see him in the endzone), but regardless, I would really like to hold my promise and get her to meet her favourite player which is still Mr. Bruce.

Within Adam's email was an implied question that I think many Ticat fans are asking: why did the team dump an elite-level receiver for, essentially, a bag of footballs. It's an interesting question.
When Arland Bruce was traded in August he had nine catches for 104 yards and no touchdowns through the first four games. Since landing in Vancouver in early August, he's collected 35 catches for 577 yards and seven scores in nine games.
So what led to the turnaround?
I think it was a number of factors. First, he's playing on the opposite of one of the league's premier receivers in Geroy Simon, meaning defences are not rolling coverage to his side as they did through much of his time in Hamilton. Second, B.C. quarterback Travis Lulay's style, in which he extends plays with his legs, suits Arland who, after all these years, knows where to go to find the seams in a defence. Ticat coach Marcel Bellefeuille made these points during his press conference yesterday.
But there is a bit more to it than that: there are some that believe that Arland Bruce has lost a step, that he no longer gets easy separation from defenders and is therefore more effective when things break down and he can make something out of nothing. Arland said yesterday that B.C. offence "wasn't a timing system" like Hamilton's, which is another interesting observation.
And there are other factors. Arland could see that the Ticats were trying to get bigger and faster through young receivers like Chris Williams, Bakari Grant and Aaron Kelly (and giving Mo Mann a bigger role, though that fell through when he got hurt.) It was pretty much a given that the Ticats had no intention of picking up the option year on his contract next season. Arland, it was clear, was no longer The Man.
By going to B.C., he's been able to re-invent himself as a complimentary piece, a role that's easier to assume coming into on a new team than slide into on an existing one. He's motivated, in part, by a desire to show the Lions what he can do so they'll pick up the last year on his still-lucrative deal. And of course there's the old stand by, wanting to prove everybody wrong.
Arland being Arland, as careful and cryptic in mass media settings as ever, he alluded to some of these things in his scrum yesterday but not others.
“It put some more coals in my grill – it set me on fire and motivated me because I feel, without it being said, people were wondering 'does he still have it?' It made me work even harder.?
“The Ticats were there for me through thick and thin. They accepted me and I did what I was supposed to do for them. I have a lot of great memories here – a lot of disappointments too.?
I asked Arland about Mann's comments when he was traded, in which he said that Hamilton was not a veteran-friendly place and alluded that he and Arland would have lots to took about in the off-season (Mann was at it again yesterday, encouraging Arland to "smash them fools homie!" on Twitter.)
Arland, who is, despite his reputation for speaking out, impossible to goad into inflammatory comments (the only time he goes off is when he's emotional) looked at me with that hard stare of his.
“We'll have to wait until December to talk, then I'll get back with you.?
And that was it. That was as close as Arland Bruce was going to get to slamming his old team and he went on to say nice things about them (no bitterness, with me through thick and thin, yada yada yada.)
The truth lies, as always, somewhere in the middle. Arland is smart enough to recognize that the Ticats did him two favours: one by rescuing him from Toronto when he was essentially a pariah and two, trading him before things got ugly here and giving him a chance to re-invent himself (and earn his money) in Vancouver. Arland is being as truthful as he can be, choosing to emphasize certain things over others, understanding as he does that there's nothing to be gained by burning bridges in a league with eight teams.
However... there seems little question that certain players find life under Bellefeuille's regime difficult. While I think the organization treats players well and with respect - Obie's been at this a long time and Scott Mitchell was a player agent so they know the mind of the player – it's pretty clear that Bellefeuille runs a tight ship and one that isn't afraid to replace veterans when they feel the time has come (which also jibes with Obie's 'better is better' way of thinking.)
This is not a criticism, necessarily, just an observation and it goes at least part way to explaining Mann's comments, Nikki Jimenez's tweets and Arland's cryptic quote. Taken on their own, these things can all be dismissed. Together though, a pattern may be emerging. Winning, as it always does, will make all these issues slide back under the surface.
As for Adam, he and and his girlfriend's sister Alexis came to walkthrough yesterday and, with a minor assist from B.C.'s generally excellent PR guy Jamie Cartmel, got an autograph, a pic and a few moments of genuine interaction from the ever-gracious Arland Bruce. Adam was wearing a Ticats Bruce jersey and Alexis was sporting a shy perma-smile.
Hey Drew, it's Adam from today. I would like to thank you very much for helping Alexis and I meet Arland, we greatly appreciated it, and I know she was extremely happy and still is talking about it. Thanks, and oskee wee wee!

http://scratchingpost.thespec.com/2011/10/why-the-ticats-traded-arland-bruce-and-what-he-really-thinks-of-them-cfl-bclions.html#comments

I would like to say that Drew Edwards help me and my gfs lil sis meet Bruce. It was awesome and I wanna thank him for doing so. Bruce, being himself is a very classy respectful person. He gladly took time to talk to us both take pictures with autographs, he approached her with a big smile and hug, and was awesome towards her! Drew actually attached a picture on his site and attached my emails on his blog which ill post below.

Why the Ticats traded Arland Bruce (and what he really thinks of them)

A few days ago, I got an email from Scratching Post reader Adam which read, in part:

Last year I brought my girlfriend's little sisters to the playoff rally to meet their favourite players, Baggs and Bruce. The eldest one met Baggs, but the youngest was unable to get through and meet Bruce, so I promised her this year we would meet him for an autograph. Unfortunately, Arland was traded away (which I still feel that kick in the sack everytime I see him in the endzone), but regardless, I would really like to hold my promise and get her to meet her favourite player which is still Mr. Bruce.

Within Adam's email was an implied question that I think many Ticat fans are asking: why did the team dump an elite-level receiver for, essentially, a bag of footballs. It's an interesting question.
When Arland Bruce was traded in August he had nine catches for 104 yards and no touchdowns through the first four games. Since landing in Vancouver in early August, he's collected 35 catches for 577 yards and seven scores in nine games.
So what led to the turnaround?
I think it was a number of factors. First, he's playing on the opposite of one of the league's premier receivers in Geroy Simon, meaning defences are not rolling coverage to his side as they did through much of his time in Hamilton. Second, B.C. quarterback Travis Lulay's style, in which he extends plays with his legs, suits Arland who, after all these years, knows where to go to find the seams in a defence. Ticat coach Marcel Bellefeuille made these points during his press conference yesterday.
But there is a bit more to it than that: there are some that believe that Arland Bruce has lost a step, that he no longer gets easy separation from defenders and is therefore more effective when things break down and he can make something out of nothing. Arland said yesterday that B.C. offence "wasn't a timing system" like Hamilton's, which is another interesting observation.
And there are other factors. Arland could see that the Ticats were trying to get bigger and faster through young receivers like Chris Williams, Bakari Grant and Aaron Kelly (and giving Mo Mann a bigger role, though that fell through when he got hurt.) It was pretty much a given that the Ticats had no intention of picking up the option year on his contract next season. Arland, it was clear, was no longer The Man.
By going to B.C., he's been able to re-invent himself as a complimentary piece, a role that's easier to assume coming into on a new team than slide into on an existing one. He's motivated, in part, by a desire to show the Lions what he can do so they'll pick up the last year on his still-lucrative deal. And of course there's the old stand by, wanting to prove everybody wrong.
Arland being Arland, as careful and cryptic in mass media settings as ever, he alluded to some of these things in his scrum yesterday but not others.
“It put some more coals in my grill – it set me on fire and motivated me because I feel, without it being said, people were wondering 'does he still have it?' It made me work even harder.?
“The Ticats were there for me through thick and thin. They accepted me and I did what I was supposed to do for them. I have a lot of great memories here – a lot of disappointments too.?
I asked Arland about Mann's comments when he was traded, in which he said that Hamilton was not a veteran-friendly place and alluded that he and Arland would have lots to took about in the off-season (Mann was at it again yesterday, encouraging Arland to "smash them fools homie!" on Twitter.)
Arland, who is, despite his reputation for speaking out, impossible to goad into inflammatory comments (the only time he goes off is when he's emotional) looked at me with that hard stare of his.
“We'll have to wait until December to talk, then I'll get back with you.?
And that was it. That was as close as Arland Bruce was going to get to slamming his old team and he went on to say nice things about them (no bitterness, with me through thick and thin, yada yada yada.)
The truth lies, as always, somewhere in the middle. Arland is smart enough to recognize that the Ticats did him two favours: one by rescuing him from Toronto when he was essentially a pariah and two, trading him before things got ugly here and giving him a chance to re-invent himself (and earn his money) in Vancouver. Arland is being as truthful as he can be, choosing to emphasize certain things over others, understanding as he does that there's nothing to be gained by burning bridges in a league with eight teams.
However... there seems little question that certain players find life under Bellefeuille's regime difficult. While I think the organization treats players well and with respect - Obie's been at this a long time and Scott Mitchell was a player agent so they know the mind of the player – it's pretty clear that Bellefeuille runs a tight ship and one that isn't afraid to replace veterans when they feel the time has come (which also jibes with Obie's 'better is better' way of thinking.)
This is not a criticism, necessarily, just an observation and it goes at least part way to explaining Mann's comments, Nikki Jimenez's tweets and Arland's cryptic quote. Taken on their own, these things can all be dismissed. Together though, a pattern may be emerging. Winning, as it always does, will make all these issues slide back under the surface.
As for Adam, he and and his girlfriend's sister Alexis came to walkthrough yesterday and, with a minor assist from B.C.'s generally excellent PR guy Jamie Cartmel, got an autograph, a pic and a few moments of genuine interaction from the ever-gracious Arland Bruce. Adam was wearing a Ticats Bruce jersey and Alexis was sporting a shy perma-smile.
Hey Drew, it's Adam from today. I would like to thank you very much for helping Alexis and I meet Arland, we greatly appreciated it, and I know she was extremely happy and still is talking about it. Thanks, and oskee wee wee!

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