Alouettes linebacker Patrick Levels was teary-eyed after Montreal’s 2021 season came to an end at Tim Hortons Field.
However, Levels did not regret guaranteeing a win in the East Semi-Final in the week leading up to meeting the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
“You play the game to win, I don’t play for anything else. So the biggest game of the year, I’m going to guarantee that every time,” Levels said post-game.
“That’s how I play the game — to win. We just didn’t win, they were better today — congrats to Hamilton.”
The 27-year-old was beat for the Ticats first touchdown of the game when Jeremiah Masoli threw a pass over his head to Brandon Banks for a 20-yard major. Banks ran past Levels as he made his way back to the bench and gave him an earful.
“Everybody came to play, we just didn’t execute,” Levels said. “Being ready is one thing, but making the plays and executing is another thing. That’s where I feel we lacked, we just didn’t execute.”
“There’s only two guarantees in life and that’s adversity and death,” Banks told TSN reporter Matthew Scianitti post-game. “Don’t guarantee no win unless you’re going to come out here and win for real.”
Banks was one of the players Levels called out directly prior to kick-off and it was the Ticats star who got the last word.