Steeltown beams with pride

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:32 AM ET

Funny thing about success, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats quickly have learned when they're out on the town.

"As angry as our fans have been when we lose," quarterback Quinton Porter said on the phone yesterday, "they are that much happier when we win."

And the smiles are far and wide in Steeltown these days, as the Ticats ride a 4-2 record into their game Sunday night in Saskatchewan against the Roughriders. Hamilton has not won five games in a season since 2005, but the talk now across the league is about the Ticats taking dead aim at a playoff spot in the East Division.

"There has been a shift since (head coach) Marcel Bellefeuille took over (last October)," Porter said. "Now, we go into games expecting to win, and that's different.

"It used to be that teams would come in here and have fun and go out and play. It's more serious now."

Hamilton's ground game is among the best in the CFL, but it's not the sole reason for the wins.

"Every group is being effective," Porter said. "It's all areas, and everyone is confident. It's important not to look too far ahead, but if we take care of our jobs, we'll be thinking about the playoffs."


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