'Cats differ on attempt

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:37 AM ET

HAMILTON -- The last-second field goal attempt has elicited all sorts of opinions, not all of them negative from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Ticats head coach Charlie Taaffe was certainly peeved at Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Doug Berry for trotting out Troy Westwood with two seconds left in the Blue and Gold's 36-18 victory one week ago.

Hamilton quarterback Jason Maas, however, had no problem with the move and doesn't need it to get motivated for tonight's rematch.

"I'm not going to fault anyone on our team if they look at it that way, as motivation, but when you understand when you play a four-game series or a two-game series, it comes down to points," Maas said. "And to me, I would almost have been more slapped in the face if they would have just kneeled on it and not worried about the points, because that means (they think) they're going to beat you three out of four or four out of four.

"To me it shows a sign of respect, knowing that we were in the game. We were winning that game with 10 minutes to go in the fourth quarter, so I think they feel like each game's going to be tough when they play against us."

Two of Maas's teammates don't agree.

Middle linebacker Zeke (And Destroy) Moreno was still screaming at the Bomber bench when Westwood was about to boot the ball last week, and his anger hadn't subsided much yesterday.

'DISRESPECTFUL'

"I understand where they were coming from, but when the score's like that and you're already ahead there's not much you need to do," Moreno said. "It was just about showing us up and throwing it in our face. I didn't think that was much class on their part."

Outside linebacker JoJuan Armour echoed Moreno's sentiments.

"They can say what they want to say. Me myself, I took it personal," Armour said. "On top of the loss, on top of the way we've been playing, it was just a real disrespectful action. Hopefully we can remedy that this weekend."

If Berry could do it all over again, he wouldn't do it again -- but not for the reason that would ease the Ticats' anger.

"I don't know as I would've done it because of the distance," Berry said. "As soon as I knew Troy had missed it, I'm going, 'Oh my God, I've got a field goal return coming, and this thing could just blow up right in my face.'"

The Ticats have dubbed tonight's contest "Black Out Night." The Ticats will wear black uniforms and pants, and fans are encouraged to wear black clothing (despite the 30 C weather), wave black foam hammers, eat black licorice and listen to "black out-themed music."

It's all in an effort to make Ivor Wynne a more intimidating place for the visitors.

"I respect the Hamilton fans, and I got our team ready and told them all about this environment when we came here in the pre-season," Berry said. "They're familiar with what goes on here."


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