Bizarre victory for the Ticats defies explanation

Tiger-Cats block Montreal kicker's Burke Dales' punt at the end of the first half on Sunday.

Tiger-Cats block Montreal kicker's Burke Dales' punt at the end of the first half on Sunday.

Steve Simmons, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:17 AM ET

There are normally names for games such as this. The Ice Bowl. The Fog Bowl. The Mud Bowl. Something distinctly Canadian from a football Sunday in November.

The kind of game you’ll remember forever for all it was and wasn’t, a game not easily explained for the horrific conditions in which it was played, for the spectacular plays and the drops and flops, for the coaching errors, for the overtime: For all the CFL is and can be in a stadium that may never house another CFL game again.

The wind howled in all directions. Rain fell. The temperature was frigid. There was hail in the second half, a flake or two of snow. It felt like Regina in November, the way it might feel two weeks from now on Grey Cup Sunday.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats, known for breaking their fans heard, and let’s be honest, known for blowing the big game, are alive and well today for the least explainable of football reasons. They won a football game in which they tripped all over themselves, one in whi


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