It's an exciting time here in Hamilton as Ivor Wynne plays host to its first playoff game in eight years. Yes, that's right, the last time a playoff game was held in Hamilton was 2001.
Just to make you realize how long that is, it's an eight-team league and only two Tiger Cats players from the 2001 season are still playing in the CFL today. Really, it's just a great wake up call for Hamiltonians who turned their backs on this franchise.
Let's see here. They eliminated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, clinched a B.C. Lions playoff crossover birth, made it into the postseason for the first time in five years, and clinched a home playoff game for the first time in eight years.
Yep, that's just how much that 38-17 win over Winnipeg meant.
For those of you who watched it, you all saw what they called a "blue-out".
Well, it was unsuccesful and you also saw the boat celebration twice by several Ti-Cat defensive players.
Excessive celebration sure. Good fun, yes. But they did it in style as well. I must say I chuckled during that because I was probably as happy as they were.
I don't think the Winnipeg fans enjoyed it though. In fact, they're probably pissed, but who cares?
I know Hamilton fans enjoyed it and I'm guessing some B.C. fans did too.
A game most thought would be a lot closer was blown wide open. Surprising stat of the game? The Cats' defense tied the Winnipeg offense for points.
How 'bout 11,000 playoff tickets being sold in the hours after the game on Sunday. I got mine today 'cause they'll be gone soon. It's definitely going to be a capacity crowd.
Hey, Bob Young might even start to gain a profit. Then again, maybe we shouldn't go that far.
But if the Cats keep this play up, it'll be sooner rather than later before the dollars start flowing Young's way.
The future looks bright for the Ti-Cats. I'm too excited to write a real game recap. So let's just leave it at this: Hamilton wins the chance to host the B.C. Lions in the East Semifinal this Sunday.
Be sure to tune in. And for those of you who can— get your tickets.
Also, let's not forget to mention how good it was to see that Gatorade bucket dumped on Marcel's head.
Here's hoping we'll see it again.