'Cats stuck in pre-season mode

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:47 AM ET

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are still in pre-season mode.

In a move that is rarely seen in the CFL, the winless Ticats will start two players tonight who were signed just three days ago.

Not only that, but both play on the defensive line. Defensive end George Gause and tackle Marcus West were both brought into camp on Tuesday.

"They did not even know where Winnipeg was, had no idea," Ticats head coach Charlie Taaffe said yesterday. "... I told them we were going to have them put the strip of white tape on their helmets with the names on it so we know who they are when they come off the field."

Taaffe is desperately seeking continuity in his lineup, but that's going to take some time with all the shuffling going on.

"Guys aren't used to playing together," he said. "That's another issue we're dealing with."

As for Milt Stegall's Mission 138, it should be noted that the Ticats are tied for last with the Calgary Stampeders in the number of passing touchdowns surrendered and the defence has allowed a touchdown on its opening drive two games in a row.

Taaffe joked yesterday that his team should just give up a touchdown to Stegall on the first drive to get it out of the way.

Then again, the Bombers have been outscored 42-9 in the first quarter this season, so something's going to give.


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