These days, Lancaster is all smiles

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:16 AM ET

Not only are the Hamilton Tiger-Cats doing well, so is their general manager.

Ron Lancaster is a whole lot leaner and healthier following surgery to have a cancerous bladder removed early in September.

It was the second health scare he had this year. Back in March he had an allergic reaction to a dye test during a routine examination and ended up spending three days in serious condition in hospital.

"It has been an interesting six months, a different six months, never one like this," Lancaster said in his office earlier this week.

Following his first health issue, he quit his smoking habit of 40 years.

"I feel great. I feel good now. I feel stronger every day," he said. "From a health standpoint, I feel excellent."

He's also feeling good about his team, which is third in the East, trailing the Argos by only two points but have already clinched a playoff spot. The two rivals play one another tonight at the SkyDome and Lancaster will be in attendance.

"You've got to be happy with the things that have happened this year," he said. "Maybe it's making up for the last couple years. We've had a pretty darn good year injury-wise. We've maybe been lucky in some games, but you've got to be lucky to win anyway. Who knows, we've got a shot at second place. We've got a shot at going to the Grey Cup this late in the season, so you've got to be happy.

"I don't think anybody --not even inside the organization -- would have expected us to have eight wins at this stage in the season. I think everybody thought coming in if (we) could win four of five it would be a pretty successful year. Well, we've gone right by that."

WHAT A KICK

Argos kicker Noel Prefontaine is a fan of Hamilton counterpart Jamie Boreham, who has shown a flair for the dramatic in his rookie season.

"I like the way he plays the game, very aggressive. I like the way he runs down field and gets involved," Prefontaine said. "I respect the fact that he endures. He struggled in some games this year with his field goals and he was able to come through in the end. If you're going to evaluate any kicker, that's one of the most important things. They've got to make the one that counts and he has been able to do it. He's fun to watch and I see him only better."


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