Tune in on Saturday evening at 7:00 PM ET as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats play host to the Toronto Argonauts. Maxwell Hubert will be live blogging for your enjoyment.
Hello everybody and welcome to the liveblog of the Toronto Argonauts Vs the Hamilton Tiger-Cats . My name is Maxwell Hubert(@teedotyankee) and I will be following tonight's matchup with all of you out there. Please feel free to imput your comments and observations and take part in the action! It's going to be a great one, let's do this!
This week will be the first meeting between time Toronto and Hamilton in 2011. In all, they will play each other three times this season and this will be their only showdown at Ivor Wynne. The Argos lost the season series to the Ticats last year when they were swept in three straight regular season games. The Boatmen, however, beat the Ticats (16-13) when it mattered in the 2010 East Semi-Final to advance within a game of the Grey Cup
This week is the second of four straight games the Argonauts will play in Southern Ontario (Wk 6 vs Mtl; Wk 7 at Ham; Wk 8 vs SSK; Wk 10 vs BC). This, after the team played four of their first five games on the road to start the season
Toronto last won a regular season game at Ivor Wynne when they bested the ‘Cats 30-17 in the 2009 CFL Canada Day Kickoff. That’s a streak of two straight regular season games in Hamilton without a win. Toronto hasn’t beaten Hamilton in a regular season match (home or away) since September 11, 2009, it’s a streak of four straight losses to their QEW rivals
Four of the Argos’ five losses have been against East Division opponents making this week’s game even more important for the Double Blue. Including this week, Toronto has six games left against East Division clubs in 2011
The Ticats have allowed only eight sacks all season and are on a remarkable run of protecting their quarterback. They are currently in the midst of a streak of 78 straight pass plays without a single sack allowed and have just one in their last 90 (the CFL average is one sack allowed every 18 pass plays). The last sack they gave up was on Jul 22/11 at BC on the first play of the 4th quarter by Korey Banks
The Red Zone has been real strength for Hamilton this year as they lead the CFL at 76% - well above the CFL average of scoring a TD 58% of the time. The ‘Cats have cashed in on 13 of 17 chances from the 20-yard line and in
Hamilton has been consistent all year long and have at least 20 first downs in five straight games. They have reached the 200-yard mark in passing and thrown one or more TD passes in all six games
Tiger-Cats kicker Justin Medlock has connected on 87.5% (14/16) of his field goal attempts this season. The CFL’s Special Teams Player of the Month for July has been nearly automatic from beyond the 40-yard line, as the UCLA product is 9-for-10 when kicking from at least 40 yards out. He set a new career-long with a 55-yard kick in BC on July 22
Since 1950, the Ticats and Argos have played each other 208 times during the regular season, with the Ticats holding a 120-86-2 advantage
Heading into Saturday, the Ticats have won the last four regular season game with the Argonauts and are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings between these two rivals
Among the CFL’s longest rivalries, this meeting between Hamilton and Toronto will be the 209th in regular season play since 1950 when the Tiger-Cats emerged after the merger of two earlier clubs (Tigers & Wildcats). Hamilton and Toronto having been playing each other regularly since 1873
Toronto has lost five straight games, three straight road games, to start the 2011 season
This is the Argos’ worst start to a season in more than a decade. In 2000, the Argos began the season 1-7-1. That year, the Double Blue won
their season opener in Regina then dropped four straight before tying the Blue Bombers in the sixth game of the season. They then lost three
consecutive games before winning six of their final nine games of the season
The best performances for Cleo Lemon across his 24-game CFL career (22 starts, 1 dressed, 1 reserve) have been in his most recent three appearances. He started 2011 with a passer rating of 74.5 in the first two games but over the last three (which included a brief 5-of-5 start before being injured), he has completed 49-of-76 passes for 607 yards, 3 TDs and a passer rating of 91.3
Last week was a tale of two halves as Calgary’s defence stepped up after 30:00. In the first half Hamilton gained 223 yards, 17 first downs and scored 20 points. In the final 30:00, the Ticats were held to just 59 yards, 4 first downs and did not score against the Stamps
We are about ready for kickoff here in Hamilton. Who do think will take this one tonight?
Toronto committed just 6 penalties for 44 yards last week. It was the fewest number of penalties the team has taken since they had six in week 1 against Calgary
The Argonauts are hot starters in 2011. In the first quarter in 2011 the Boatmen have outscored their opponents a combined 37-26. The last three quarters of the game are the issue. Over those three quarters the Argos have been outscored by a combined score of 91-152
The Ti-Cats best stretches have tended to come in the first half this year and they have outscored opponents by 103-70 in the first 30:00. In the second half they have been outscored 74-49
Let's get this game started ya'll, should be a physical game tonight!
Cats will be kicking off to the Argos
Durie returns the kickoff out of bounds to the Argo 30
1st and 10 - Lemon connects Rideau for 21 yards
1st and 10 - Boyd with the carry into the line for no gain
2nd and 9 - Lemon fires into traffic into Ticat territory at the 44
1st and 10 - Chad Owens is wide open for the catch for another argo first into the redzone
1st and 10 - Lemon over the top to Rideau deep for the TOUCHDOWN! What a start for the Argos
Extra point is GOOD, Argos take the lead 7-0