Dear Lions: Thanks for nothing, signed the Ticats

It was a good news, bad news Saturday for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats but the bad, given how it happened and the implications, is much worse.

A day after beating the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to give their post-season chances a much-needed boost, the Ticats watched as one division rival coughed up a lead while another overcame a 19-point deficit to win. Toronto’s 27-24 loss to Saskatchewan means the Ticats are now six points behind the division-leading Argonauts but the Double Blue have the tie-breaker after winning in double overtime two weeks (in a game where Hamilton blew a 14-point fourth quarter advantage.) Hamilton would have to win out and the Argos lose out for the Ticats to catch them.

But it was the Redblacks improbable 30-25 win over B.C. that was a real killer for Hamilton. The victory preserves Ottawa’s five-point advantage for what is likely the East Division’s second and final playoff spot.

The Ticats still control their own destiny, however. If they were to win their remaining four games – including next Friday’s home date against the league-leading Calgary Stampeders – Hamilton will make the post-season.

But things are increasingly precarious for the Ticats. A loss to Calgary followed by an Ottawa win in Saskatchewan later Friday night would eliminate the Ticats from playoff contention. A loss by both teams would force Hamilton to win their remaining three games – at Montreal, at Ottawa, home vs Montreal – to make the post-season. Given the Alouettes are a dumpster fire at the moment, that’s not inconceivable.

Still, had B.C. just taken care business against Ottawa, things would be looking far better for the Ticats. On the site SportsClubStats.com, which tracks the playoff odds for each team, Ottawa’s playoff chances jumped 12.5 per cent with the win while Hamilton’s dropped 10.8 per cent. Needless to say, that’s a massive swing. The Ticats’ odds are currently 9.4 per cent.

Of course, not starting 0-8 would have helped as well…

 

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards

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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15 Comments on Dear Lions: Thanks for nothing, signed the Ticats

  1. Not starting 0-8 would have helped… getting rid of “stubborn Kent” sooner would’ve helped…. they are winning with the basically exact same line-up…. put people in the right position and add a running game, basic stuff…. would like to see Kent out of the organization altogether… Tillman can find the talent and JJ can use it.

    • Yes! Agree with everything you said.
      I just hope we can make the last game vs Montreal meaningful (i.e. a win and we’re in), and keep this group together for next season.

  2. It is what it is; I’m just enjoyin’ the ride. 🙂

  3. It would have helped tremendously if the Lions could have held on, but the Ticats have to worry about themselves. The biggest focus right now has to be beating Calgary this week. It seems almost impossible, but I believe they can do it. The team is playing well right now and I’m sure these players will have a fresh memory of that 60-1 beatdown. If the Als could beat the Stamps this year, Hamilton at least has a shot. They can’t let Calgary get a big lead and they have to minimize mistakes like they did against Winnipeg.

    Ottawa also has a tough game coming up in Saskatchewan. I think the Riders will beat them, but Hamilton has to do their best to take care of business.

    • RB Nation Section C // October 8, 2017 at 4:31 pm //

      No way Ottawa loses to Saskatchewan next week. The Greenwhites won by a rouge over a third string QB. We call Lindley “the on-yard wonder” at TD Place for a reason. 60 minute game and RB comes away with the W.

  4. Lions simply returned serve after the Ticats blew a lead against the Riders. Fact is neither of these teams deserve to be in the post season.

    • RB Nation Section C // October 8, 2017 at 4:36 pm //

      Lots of people said that about the current GC champs. If I recall, they were running Calgary out of the park, just like they had to Edmonton two weeks earlier when the D went prevent mode and let BLM get back in it. If you’re in the game you have a chance to win the game. The Super Bowl this ain’t…

  5. Ottawa’s most impressive win of the season un many ways. All games in October will be meaningful. So good to see Trevor Harris back, throwing with his customary accuracy.

  6. The fact that there in it at all shows how wrong this leagues playoff format is

  7. I’ve just enjoyed watching the Ticats grow as a team this year. Great expectations were quickly dashed after the dismal start, but a lot of that could be chalked up to injuries and some questionable coaching decisions. I’ll be the first to admit that I thought bringing in a new coach was a bad idea, but I stand corrected. If the boys can just finish strong, I’ll be happy. We can only hope that Bob Young and Kent Austin learn from the 0-8 start and make the necessary changes in the offseason.

    • Why would Bob Young “learn from the 0 – 8 start” ?
      He is the owner and calls himself the “caretaker” he has admitted that he doesn’t get involved with football.
      I could understand your comment if you said the President Mitchell and Kent Austin could learn, but not Bob Young.

  8. I’m a big TC fan and will stay positive and support, but I’m not holding my breath for this tall order. It’s been a roller coster ride on a full stomach all season. Let’s see what treats the CC serves up the cats for the remainder. An 0-8 start all but kills ur playoff hopes I admit, but the CC and refs “cmon man!”

  9. Too late. The Cats have to play the Stamps and also play against the refs and CC. We know how that goes for the Cats late in the past couple of seasons. Bo Bob will once again be protected by the biased officials and, if touched, will draw the flag.
    The fix is in.

  10. Paper bags on sale at Metro.

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