Same old song: Ticats lose seventh straight

For the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, it was death by a thousand Medlocks (and miscues.)

The former Ticats kicker nailed six field goals sparking the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to a 39-12 win. The loss dropped Hamilton to 0-7.

The bad news started before the game. Defensive back Emanuel Davis, set to make his season debut after missing the first six games due to injury, was scratched due to food poisoning. Terrence Frederick made the start in his place.

There were signs of improvement from Hamilton under new assistant head coach June Jones and defensive coordinator Phillip Lolley. The offence had a couple of decent drives and the defence was able to limit the damage early, forcing some field goals.

But quarterback Zach Collaros was sacked five times and under pressure for much of the night while the Ticats turned the ball over three times. The defence surrendered more than 30 points for the seventh straight game this season.

The Bombers opened the game with two long drives only to come up short in Ticat territory, then couldn’t convert excellent field position after a long punt return. Still, three Justin Medlock field goals gave them an early 9-0 lead.

Then, the best drive of the Hamilton season got the Ticats back in it, Collaros orchestrating an eight-play, 84-yard beauty while completing four-of-his five passes. Jeremiah Masoli punched it in from the one for the major.

But Medlock buried three more field goals in the first half and the Bombers got a break when a fumbled pitch from Collaros to C.J. Gable was ruled a lateral and the Bombers recovered. Winnipeg converted with a major and took a 19-6 lead into halftime.

Medlock opened the scoring in the third with a 57-yard bomb of a field goal, mocking the Ticats “body bag” celebration after connecting. On the next Bomber possession, he looked set to connect on his sixth of the night but the kick was blocked by Hamilton’s Don Unamba and the Ticats took over.

Collaros marched Hamilton 67 yards, converting a third-and-two in the process – with a run play, no less – and Demarr Aultman finished it with a 29-yard catch-and-run for the touchdown. They went for two, didn’t get it, and trailed by 10.

Another Medlock field goal extended the lead and another Ticat turnover – on another questionable call – gave the Bombers a chance to put it away. After getting a dubious roughing the passer call to keep the drive alive, Nichols hit Darvin Adams in the end zone for the dagger.

Notes: TSN’s Matthew Scianitti is reporting that assistant head coach June Jones will take over play calling duties from offensive coordinator Stefan Ptaszek starting next week… defensive tackle Ted Laurent left the game after the first series with a hamstring injury.

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Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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89 Comments on Same old song: Ticats lose seventh straight

  1. Can this mess be cleaned up before mother comes home?

  2. Leo Lewis // August 12, 2017 at 10:25 pm //

    There was a popular saying back in the day (and it is still valid):

    “The East plays dumb football.”

  3. Mantis Toboggan // August 12, 2017 at 10:27 pm //

    Wow once again one step forward three steps back. Until they fix the protection issues nothing is going to change

    • I have to agree. I thought that they played better in both games against the undefeated Eskies than they did tonight vs Winnipeg. Zach can’t keep the offense rolling when he’s constantly pressured.

  4. Collaros is terrible and needs to go and Austin needs To go as well that’s the reality of the situation

    • Ticat Mike // August 13, 2017 at 8:00 am //

      No — the o line and blocking schemes need upgrading. Offensive playbook needs revamping. Collaros is a good QB with no support, no run game, and mediocre receivers running poorly designed routes. Fans cried for Calvillo to go. Remember, fans cried for Damen Allen to go. They both had no support, no run game, were running for their lives on every play, lousy blocking & play calling. Any other team with a good OC will make Collaros look like an allstar. Just like Condell did.

      • Ticat Mike: Excellent comment. The performance of the offence has been in serious decline since Condell left.

  5. Dan Bombers // August 12, 2017 at 10:31 pm //

    Big win big 2 points

  6. I really can’t see how this team can win one single game this year. There are not competitive.
    Austin has to bear the responsibility for the state of this football team. It’s unfortunate but I think it’s time to move on after this season.

  7. Still only 3 games out of first place. A few tweaks here, a few adjustments there, boom! Playoff team.

    • Dan Bombers // August 12, 2017 at 10:47 pm //

      Nailed it Craig nobody’s out of it in August in the cfl

    • Evil Empire // August 13, 2017 at 12:51 am //

      As crazy as that sounds, it’s true. In the East this year, both Ottawa, and Hamilton still have a chance to make the playoffs. I believe the Tabbies still have 7 East games left. That’s 14 points in the standings. That alone might be enough to get 2nd place. But, if Hamilton loses to Ottawa next game. They are pretty much done, imo. It would take an amazing run. And, ALOT of help from other teams, to even think about making the play-offs.

      I feel bad for fans of the Tabbies. They’re good football fans out there. And have had some really horrible teams, since the new millennium. Along with a few GC contenders. Including losing in the big game in 2013, and 2014.

      I hope their team can get it turned around. And, get into the play-off race. But, it’s not looking good. And could be a very long year.

      Congrats to Wpg. A well deserved win.

  8. grumblingaboutgreen // August 12, 2017 at 10:40 pm //

    the bombers are a GUTSY team as weve seen them both come from BEHIND and defend a LEAD late in games in recent weeks. that RESILIENCE is what is keeping them AFLOAT in the standings as the west FIGHTS tooth and nail for the PLAYOFFS including the CROSSOVER spot! its a trait that SEPARATES them from tonights opponent HAMILTON and their divisional rival SASKATCHEWAN. and while the TICATs fanbase seems to RECOGNISE the problem as evidenced by their showing up to games with BAGS on their heads the rider supporters would rather put their HEADS in the sand and DELUDE themselves into COMPLACENCY. of COURSE that entails completely IGNORING the FACT that the riders are EQUALLY as far out of the crossover spot as HAMILTON is out of second place! only as the schedule shifts to more DIVISIONAL matchups as the season PROGRESSES, hamiltons road gets EASIER while saskatchewans gets more DIFFICULT. so whos the GREATER fool!?

    • A verbose comment and difficult to read while you scream out words like GUTSY, BEHIND, READ, RESILIENCE, AFLOAT BLAH BLAH BLAH.

      You’d do a lot better, meaning more than 1 person might read your stuff, by simply typing your diatribes in regularly accepted English without your Tourettt’s syndrome going into spasms.

  9. Worst coach in decades. Austin built this mess.

    • Austin is the Cat in the Hat.

    • Stupid comment! 2 grey cup appearances should have won one of the 4 straight playoffs and this season is far from done. You area great football mind.

      • Ticats fans chill // August 14, 2017 at 3:51 am //

        Of course it is knowing u, everything on this site it stupid accept u? That’s a lie, sorry I don’t like to lie

    • Caledonian // August 13, 2017 at 7:23 am //

      Yup he did. The Grey Cup appearances his supporters refer to were with teams built by someone else. What we are seeing now is Austin’s dream team. They are not Grey Cup bound, nor are they competitive. Imagine the score if Winnipeg had been able to complete drives instead of settled for field goals. This team is a mess.

      • CanuckDomer // August 14, 2017 at 11:40 am //

        But that someone else (O’Bilovich) built teams for other coaches and they didn’t get to the Grey Cup…why not?

  10. The only question remains is how many paper bags do I wear to next game? Is the team a one bagger or two bagger?

  11. The fumbled lateral did not determine the outcome of the game…

    Pretty obvious to me as I once again sat in the stands and wondered just how bad can it get… and wtf am I doing here watching this pathetic offence…

    What’s obvious is that Zach has lost his nerve… he panics and tries desperately to get rid of the football to avoid a hit… so he under throws, he over throws, he forces the pass into triple coverage, he fumbles and he folds like a cheap tent…

    This team is going nowhere with Collaros at QB… time to move on…

    Then again it’s quite possible that even Bo Levi Mitchell couldn’t succeed with such poor offensive planning and play calling and lack of any OL blocking…

  12. I hear there is a run on paper bags at the Metro store in Hamikton! One size fits all!

    • Absolutely right snake! Wear a paper bag next game. I fortunately cancelled my seasons tickets this year. I just watch the suffering on TSN.

  13. Just listening to Austin’s post-game comments. Sounds like he is blaming the players for this mess. He is talking in circles. The reporters are lobbing softballs at him and missing the point completely.

  14. IMAN ICE HORSIE // August 12, 2017 at 11:19 pm //

    In other news. The 4th place team in the west is 5-2!!! Amazing. Something has got to give and will when we get into head to head competition

  15. On the bright side… at least the stadium had cold beer. Oh wait… they are $11.50 each…. nevermind.

  16. If all you tigercat fans jump on the goodship Argonaut, we may sell out a home game at BMO yet!

  17. Ti-Cats fan since the '60s // August 12, 2017 at 11:34 pm //

    O-line couldn’t stop the pass rush.

    Secondary couldn’t stop the passes (except for Leonard).

    D-Line had a few bright spots but not enough.

    We have no running game.

    Collaros looks like a deer in the headlights. He’s lost his form/nerve since the injury.

    Speedy B has lost his zip.

    And a former Ti-Cat – Medlock – beat us by using his knowledge of THF winds, even to the point of mocking his former holder (Tasker).

    I foresee a winless season. If we get lucky, maybe a one win just to tantalize us. But Austin has to be fired as coach at the end of the year and Collaros and Speedy B need to be dumped for players who can actually play.

    The words best to describe this team come from the Grinch: “stink, stank, stunk.”

    • All good points. But at least the Grinch had heart at the end. This 2017 TC edition? Looks like many of them are trying to play off the team.

  18. Austin inherited a team with the best offense in the league and the worst defense in the league.

    He didn’t have to do much to turn them around.

    Similar thing when he took over in Saskatchewan : team that lost in the west finals was handed to Austin.

    Austin has proven, if he drives the inherited shiny car long enough, he drives it off a cliff.

    • The person who sent the Riders on a downhill slide was not Austin, it was Tillman. Yes, Austin took over a team that was stacked with talent, but almost immediately Tillman started pissing it away and doing nothing to bring in new talent. I remember mid season when we were looking for an injury replacement, iirc, Austin gave an interview where he mentioned that he had been phoning certain other GMs about players, and this showed that he had essentially stepped in and started doing Tillman’s job. Tillman didn’t even hold FA camps that year. I believe he said that’s not the way he does things. My belief is that Austin left for the US after than year because he knew that under Tillman the team would be going downhill fast. And don’t forget that in Ottawa Paopao went to the owners after the second year and asked them to take Tillman’s personnel duties away from him. And also don’t forget the circus in Edmonton under Tillman. So, the question is, for you intrepid reporters, why on earth did Hamilton hire him? And since history seems to be repeating itself yet again, why is he still employed by Hamilton?

      • In Ottawa, Austin wanted a bigger role but Paopao was (sadly) loyal to Kani Kauahi, for some reason I’ll never grasp. So Austin took off.

        That’s probably where the friction between Tillman and Paopao started but also where Austin’s loyalty to Tillman began.

  19. One word-PATHETIC!

  20. I barfed in my paper bag.

  21. There is just not enough talent on this team.
    Player personnel department is in the dumper.

  22. Two point convert from the one yard line, Mazoli is not inserted into the game and Collaros is in the shotgun four yards back and hands off to Gable. Who the hell called this play???????……and more importantly why was Mazoli not running this play especially from the one yard line given the two penalties Winnipeg had just received.

    Second down and twenty yards to go from our own end towards the end of the second quarter and a screen pass is thrown to Saunders as if this is going to gain much. If that was going to be our play selection, then why would we not just hand off to Gable and run straight up the middle?

    The play selection this evening was beyond terrible and left a lot to be desired.

    Fans come to see competitive football and to be entertained. The 2017 Ticats are not providing either.

    The offence displays no cohesiveness, no intensity nor any imagination. Our offence has managed 130 points in seven games, an average of 18.5 points a game. This is unbelievable.

    While our defence has stunk the joint out for most of the year, we did not lose tonight because of our defence but rather because of our offence.

    More change is required and Austin’s sentiments about Collaros, “we need to get better at that position” are a clear indication that change is on the horizon.

    There was a time that we did not lose in this stadium but now we are an easy two points for all opposition.

    It is time to build for next year. I suspect that in the coming weeks there will be a lot of surprising cuts that might shock fans but when your season is going nowhere, would you want to pass the point where contracts are guaranteed?

    Sad, but this is the Ticats current reality.

  23. All very objective, valid true statement. Unload our players, that aren’t producing for what they were signed for. Time to ‘Re-build for the future, with changes, coaching, players, contracts, draft picks, and trades. Let’s face it, Ottawa is a better team, and next week, barring a miracle, Ti-Cat’s will be 0-8. Unload these high priced players, before their contracts are guaranteed. Why go 2-16 and watch a brutal season? Changes now, given up? Yea on the 2017 season, but not the Ti-Cat’s. #REBUILD NOW.

  24. Had a choice between watching this game on television or hitting downtown Van and celebrating the fact that it rained for the first time since the Mesozoic era. So wisely I chose the latter. Had a couple of tonics. Went home to watch the highlights and immediately got out of my chair to get more tonic. And speaking of the Mesozoic era I think that’s the last time Collaros started a game and won.

  25. Collars is still a good QB, there is very little talent on that field, maybe 6 or 7 players including Collaros, Leonard, Tasker. There are no linemen that I would keep including Laurent or Chick. You need 24 players to play as a unit, QB should not be running for his life after every effin snap. I don’t give a damn who is QB no one can function properly under those circumstances. There is no defense including Lawrence who has been non existent this year. I hear he is hurt, then sit out! This leads me to inferior coaching, Lawrence is a leader and he is not showing any emotion this year at all. The year is gone and probably the next two if we get the right coaches and personnel we maybe a contender in three years. If the CFL survives in the east we may get to the cup in 2020. The east should be eliminated from all playoff contention this year if they do not improve. All you people say they only need to win 3 or four games to get to the playoffs…… What for that means they lost 14 or 15. The CFL needs to look deep at itself and figure out why there is no real teams in the east and while they are at it get rid of TSN. They are pathetic. The officiating still needs more improvement. Glad the NFL is starting.

    • Think Simoni getting his D captaincy stripped and given to Dean (vote, schmote ) had an ill effect not only on him but his team mates as well. Simoni was the heart and soul of that D. Dean? I don’t know…has he played this season? ‘Cause I sure don’t hear his name.

      • Dean is always first on the ball via run and never gives up on the play. Dean deserves his spot. Just because he isn’t a character like Simoni, doesn’t mean he isn’t an amazing football player. PLEASE WATCH THE GAME.

        • Dean plays MLB which means he would or should initiate first contact since most running plays are up the middle. He never gives up on the play because after the opponent running back has blown by him or he is grasping at air trying to make a tackle (which is a commonality for this TC D) he then has to play catch up. Lawrence is the total package – guts, leadership, passion, skill set and toughness…a true TC who could play in any era. I do watch the game…what do you watch?

          • I’ve gotta disagree with the second point there Phil, I agree yes, it’s his job to make immediate contact but I feel he’s been making a solid impact on the field with leadership as well, maybe if you watch him instead of Lawrence you might see next game? Also he’s the leading in tackles on D so…..

  26. Snake and Ari Katz, you said it all above.
    12 points – pathetic.
    Innovative play calling continues to be non-existent.
    The way Argos draw fans and the way Ticats continue to stink out the joint week after week, year after year, how can the CFL survive in S. Ontario.
    Tillman and Austin have to go, and now.
    The Fat Lady is singing, my last ray of optimism is gone.

    • Caledonian // August 13, 2017 at 7:30 am //

      Yup to everything you just said. The CFL is an excellent product as many games this year have shown. Running it into the ground in the most populous part of the country is ridiculous. The Argos are one thing, But the soon to be empty stands at the House that Kent Demolished, is complete incompetence…at so many levels.

  27. No-one has mentioned cross-over yet….. Too soon?

  28. Not too soon for cross over given how bad Ottawa and Hamilton both are?
    Clearly changing defensive co-ordinator and bringing in June Jones is not the answer. The issues are:
    a) offensive line is not adequate. no time for QB to make plays when he is running for his life. When TSN names the Winnipeg D Line as player of the game?
    b) defensive secondary is not adequate either. How many times did Winnipeg get yardage when they needed it?
    c) those responsible for personnel decisions bear the brunt of the current situation. Not bringing in adequate replacements for those who are injured is the main cause of the current situation. Not sure if sacking Austin, Tillman, Allemang et al is the answer, but, the only good thing for this team is that they can still go on a run in the weak East in the Fall!

  29. I see a repeat of the 2003 ticat season. They went 1-17 winning the last game of the season. Maybe they are on the way to posting the worst ticat team / season ever. Because at this point…..they don’t look like they’ll win one game! 2013,14 & 15 seem sooo long ago. I guees there will be more tickets available now and more fans re selling there tickets omline. Tough to see what has happened to the cats after years of them building back up the fan base & getting people back to believing in them again.
    Cheers everyone! Long time (and still even though its tough right now) ticat fan.

    • It’s a bitter pill to swallow, but it looks like hard times have come to the Steel City and the Tigercats once again. Even if they are 0-18, I will be there to cheer them on. When ever I get a little disillusioned, I watch the move baseball movie “Fever Pitch” about the trials and tribulations of a die hard Red Sox fan. It makes me laugh but, more importantly, it reminds me that we are part of a family that is bigger than the game. Go Cats!!

  30. Anyone else notice on a couple of replays the Bomber DE just juke Gable out of his uniform on his way to pursue Collaros – looks like the “best blocking back in the CFL” has also dropped a notch or two.

  31. To my knowledge no team that changes it’s coaching staff mid season has ever made the playoffs… don’t understand why I was hoping this team would be different…

    In this era where players are only loyal to money and have no desire to stay on a losing team with so much chaos… it’s no wonder that some of them are playing at 60% effort and trying to avoid injuries and either get traded or released so that they can move on to a winning team… where no doubt their efforts will jump to 100%… (probably why so many ex-Ticats are excelling in CFL)

    I have been a passionate Ticats fan since the sixties… something I inherited from my late father… but this team is making it very difficult to remain… actually it’s not just the Ticats that stink… the officiating is bush league and the schedule looks like something a roomful of chimpanzees concocted on their typewriters…

    You can love something passionately but if it continues to disappoint then there comes a time to cut it loose… I might not be there yet but I’m getting close to it…

    Thank goodness the NFL is about to start and I can watch some real football…

    • Snake. Your final comment is more than enough. Bye-bye.

    • Very true Mr. Snake…and to the point. Especially re the “loyalty” aspect. Matter of fact your “60%” estimate is far too generous in my opinion.

      • Philski. So you buy Snake’s theory that players are dogging it so that they can hit free agency next year. Seriously? You boys are real smart! What could go wrong with a pure genius plan like that? More proof that you guys are Argo fans.

        • My dear Abacus. I know I referred to you as a “hilarious homo sapien” in the past but I’m afraid I’ll have to retract that as you continue to violate the Philski “worthiness doctrine”. You aspire to slander and make false accusations towards myself and others, the respected Mr. Snake of note, that “double blue” is “true”, just because you seem to have a difficult time grasping logic, reason, or just the concept of another person’s opinion. Perhaps you have had one too many warm cocoas at night? I don’t know. But what I do know is that I must unfortunately (wailing and crying in the background) purge you from my list, or to put a spin on Yev Kassem’s line: “No more Philski reply for you”!

          • Ticats fans chill // August 14, 2017 at 4:04 am //

            Yeah ur not worthy to be replied to any more haha, oh and u and girly man need it, so don’t say u don’t need this knowledge, of course you’re gonna read this and sigh, and prob will wimp out and not reply to me, but only to philski haha

          • O so I’m not worthy of experienceing the great philskis comments, oh no I shall bow down to thee, jeez grow up Argos fans.

          • Ticats fans chill // August 14, 2017 at 4:37 am //

            Bacteria, what in the world inspired u to have that name on this blog, You think your cool eh? Why do u keep bringing up the Argos huh? I dunno man, there is something fishy going on here… Add another random uneeded comment to the list

          • Ticats fans chill // August 14, 2017 at 4:42 am //

            Alright time for me to go to work haha, again I probably work harder then u bacteria, look at me? I got like 4 hours of sleep!

          • Ticats fans chill // August 14, 2017 at 4:44 am //

            Don’t even know why I’m wasting my words on u bacteria

          • How long a drive to Barrie for you? Been there many times in the past on the way to cottage country. Miss that place.

          • Cool. Nice place. Nice people. One day will be back permanently…the Hammer, Winona, Port Dover…maybe even Barrie/Orillia…love the Huronia region…spent lots of summers there growing up.

        • Cfl know it all // August 14, 2017 at 4:08 am //

          Yeah we bust our as*’s evernight, all I see you do is diss the ticats fans? Argo spy? Never seen u say anything good about them, ur under the radar for being a trader , or shall I say periscope haha gotta watch that bacteria closely

          • Ticats fans chill // August 14, 2017 at 4:09 am //

            , to u bacteria

          • Arron, Philskis chaperone // August 14, 2017 at 4:15 am //

            Sorry that was supposed to be an emoji, let’s go, guys it is a 3-2 in this war,on your team you got a hothead PEICE of bacteria that’s suspected for treason and a half man half girly person. Other team we have the nigro himself, the main man Tyron I presume and also we got the even more main man philski, the leader and chef of staff, leading his troops like a pure polak and we got the BROTHA from Winnipeg, in the winter his *** is frozen, in the summer his *ss is steaming, Andy

          • Ticats fans chill // August 14, 2017 at 4:17 am //

            That was supposed to be an emoji thanks brotha haha

          • Ticats fans chill // August 14, 2017 at 4:21 am //

            At the end of the day, we all nigros haha, just like philskis a polak. Btw philski, look at u philski, y’all got ur own chaperone haha, only the best for the king

          • Ticats fans chill // August 14, 2017 at 4:23 am //

            Don’t know what the oppositions leader is, a man that will make others around him sick, like his servants and soldiers, or a man that is too girly to even poke his head out in battle, he would rather sit behind his device and be tough that way, lose lose situation, y’all need a new recruit

          • Ticats fans chill // August 14, 2017 at 4:54 am //

            Philski, at this hour it takes about 1:10, no traffic at all, any time after 7, ill be lucky to get there in 2 hours, work two different security positions, at a bank and at a construction site and when season starts, at Barrie hockey games

  32. Ticat Mike // August 13, 2017 at 12:56 pm //

    Drew — a “couple of decent drives” hardly qualifies for signs of improvement.
    The offense was putrid — lousy. There is no sense of purpose. The protection is horrible. The play calling/ schemes/ routes are ineffective. Either our guys suck or the coaching sucks. Or both. Here’s what I observed having watched parts of the game a second time on TSN. Nichols almost consistently released the ball between 1 and 2 seconds & hit receivers or pounded the ball crisply with the run game. Those Bomber hogs on the O line can block. Zach, on the other hand, took much longer to release the ball. The pocket would collapse between 2 and 4 seconds. Even at the 3 second mark — Zach is looking around for someone to pass to & then trouble ensues as he either gets sacked, hurried or throws an ill advised pass. Folks, that’s the offensive playbook that is failing Zach.
    And don’t tell me Masoli or any other QB would succeed under a system where there is no run game, poor blocking, schemes that take too long to develop.
    On defense — yes, they were out there too long, but even in the first quarter, they were getting shredded apart by a combination of run and pass. Only a little luck with dropped passes (from wide open Winnipeg receivers) stalled some drives. We are too soft in coverage; we cannot get pressure with our front 4 (unlike Winnipeg and other teams that can). Certainly, if our offense can hang on the ball for at least half the game, and move the sticks — that helps the D. It’s a mess. Austin is at the center of it. And ownership has to either live with their decison to give Austin the keys for another two years at a huge salary or cut bait at the end of this season.
    Of course, a lot of things can happen. A couple of upgrades on the O line, D line, receivers, some tinkering with the playbook, and maybe we turn this thing around. But it is what it is. And what it is — is pathetic football. This is on the coaching and management. Its not the players’ fault if they cannot execute an lousy playbook or matchup and win one on one battles. its the people who chose those guys and thought they were good enough.

  33. Marc Antony // August 13, 2017 at 4:41 pm //

    Almost as irritating as going 0 – 7 is reading pseudo-fans spitting and drooling that Zach Collaros is no good and should be traded. Even the most gifted QB in North America would not be able to perform if he’s doomed to line up behind an offensive line that is not capable of playing at a professional level. Zach is mercilessly pounded over and over again from start to finish of every game. The only upside is that he hasn’t been injured (yet)…

  34. What makes no sense to me are the “fans” who want to railroad Collaros because of our lousy record. Yet at the same time many are saying if there is a new QB and a couple of new O-line players then Austin could still make the playoffs/end up in first place in the East. If you want Collaros gone, despite his great play in past years….then you should also feel the same way about Austin who has driven this team into the ground since Condell left. His offence is wasting the time of the players. The good’uns rarely see the ball except for Tasker.We have Aultman whose motor only knows one speed (overdrive), who got the ball twice in yesterdays game. Plays that work often never see the light of day in the same game. The running game is nothing more than an occasional add-on despite a great effort by Gable early in the game. To be effective a team needs a two-back running game that is always a threat. No amount of player changes and new assistants will change the fact that Austin’s time is over.

    • Yep, agree. Think though that the good ship SS Austin started taking in water and started to sink after the 2015 season when it became painfully obvious that there was going to be no GC redemption attempt against the Stumps.

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