Ticats turn logo beef into B.C. Lion tartare

The day before they played the Hamilton Tiger-cats, B.C. Lions, fullback David Mackie performed a dance on the Ticat on the logo at Tim Hortons Field. It was called, according to a cursory YouTube search, the reverse running man.

The next day, the Ticats ran them right off the field.

Hamilton dominated every facet of the game in a 40-10 win on a beautiful afternoon, avenging not just the logo indignity but washing clean the bitter aftertaste of last week’s improbable collapse to these same Lions. As bounce backs go, they hardly get more emphatic.

Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli orchestrated a touchdown on the opening drive – the first of three in the first half alone – and finished the day with a tidy 189 yards. Brandon Banks, returning after a two game absence, made nine catches for 79 yards and a pair of scores while running back John White ran for 107 yards on 15 carries. The turned the ball over just once, on downs, in garbage time.

Meanwhile, the defence turned B.C. quarterback Jon Jenning’s first pass of the day into a pick six by Don Unamba – who’s having a phenomenal year by the way – and generally took the Leos to the proverbial woodshed. Mike Daly added a second defensive score while defensive tackle Ted Laurent had two of the Ticats’ six sacks. Jennings was out of the game before the third quarter was over.

The logo beef was clearly a factor. Dean, Banks and Simoni Lawrence spent part of the pre-game warm up barking at the Lions after the perceived faux pas, a social media staffer having posted what he thought was just a bit of innocuous fun. The Ticats, however, felt differently and used the perceived slight as fuel: emotion comes from sleights both real and perceived.

Kicker Lirim Hajrullahu, who also had a tough week after the loss in B.C., missed his first extra point but was perfect the rest of the way including a 51 yarder. He also had a mostly solid day punting the football on a day in which the wind was its usual swirly self.

The win moves the Ticats to 7-7 on the year and closes the gap on first place Ottawa to just a single game. Increasingly, the home-and-home set against the Redblacks in mid October looks set to decide the East. Hamilton has a bye next week.

The Lions, meanwhile, will face some hard questions in their quest to make the playoffs in the tough West Division. It’s not beyond the realm of possibility that these two teams could see each other back here in November with a lot more than logo pride on the line.

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