Hamilton Tiger-Cats Come Out with Quite a Few Positives in Loss

Brad NortonCorrespondent IAugust 17, 2009

Unfortunately, the win streak came to an end last night at Saskatchewan. The Ti-Cats ventured to Regina for the first time this year, and it seemed like they weren't prepared for the Regina wheather.

Hamilton was shut out for the first, second, and fourth quarters and was down 23-0 at the half. But after a Nick Setta field goal in the third quarter to make it 23-3 and some kind of crazy touchdown catch by Arland Bruce where he juggled it between his right hand and chest and somehow managed to maintain possesion to make it 23-9, the spark ignited the fuse.

The Ti-Cats shut out "the CFL's best team" in the third quarter and scored 23 unanswered points to tie the game. Those are huge, and I mean huge, improvements compared to the past seasons.

Normally, anytime a team is down 23-0 in the third, you'd say it's over, especially for the bottom feeders of the East. But not anymore, as this team knows how to produce miracles.

It was to a point where the whole stadium of over 30,000 fans wen't silent. That is, except that one guy wearing black and gold supporting the Ti-Cats. Actually, he did minimal cheering, because he didn't want to tick off those Rider fans too much.

The Ti-Cats always seem to play poorly to satisfactory in the first half and then become the greatest team in the league in the second half, which I think they actually are.

They would continue their strong play into the fourth quarter under veteran quarterback Kevin Glenn, who took a while, but picked up most of the slack that Porter had left.

Unfortunately, the Regina whether mixed with some tight defense by the Roughriders, combined with some minor mistakes on defense caused the Ti-Cats to give up a touchdown and field goal in the final five minutes of the game.

Those scores, after one last effort from the Ti-Catsthat wasn't half bad, actuallyproved to be the game-winners to give the Roughriders the 33-23 win.

These teams now have identical records at 4-3, and although the Ti-Cats fell, they remain second in the East.