Hamilton Tiger-Cats all-star linebacker Simoni Lawrence has sent a warning to any Winnipeg Blue Bombers viewing his team as underdogs in the 108th Grey Cup.
According to Bodog, the defending champions are favourites to win a second straight CFL title, but Lawrence doesn’t care what the oddsmakers, general public or media thinks about the Ticats chances Sunday at Tim Hortons Field.
“We’re both in this game for a reason, it’s a competitive game and anybody that goes in thinking that they’re playing against an underdog, that’s a quick way to get tricked out of your spot,” Lawrence said.
“I think we’re all professional athletes, I don’t think anybody goes into the game thinking they’re an underdog. We’re here to compete at a high level and that’s what we’re prepared to do. Media has a job and we have a job, we just hope we do our job better.”
It’s a complete role reversal compared to the 107th Grey Cup in Calgary. Hamilton was heavily favoured after a franchise record 15-3 regular season, the best mark in the CFL in 2019. Winnipeg went 11-3 during the shortened 14-game regular season this year, the top team in Canada.
Despite the differences in roads to the three-down league trophy game showdown, Lawrence won’t accept the underdog label.