Stability means progress for Ticats

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:52 AM ET

HAMILTON -- One word sums up the Tiger-Cats' return to respectability this season, Marwan Hage figured.

"Stability," the Ticats centre said. "It's one of the first times in years it has been stable, not just the open revolving door with players, coaches, management.

"We've had good players here, but now it is the stability that is keeping everyone on an even-keel. What you see on the field is a reflection of what is off the field."

The Ticats are 4-4 heading into the Labour Day Classic on Monday against the Argos at Ivor Wynne Stadium. Another victory and the Ticats will have their most since they won five in 2005.

"If you said to me before camp we would be .500 (after eight games), I would have been happy with that," Hamilton head coach Marcel Bellefeuille said. "Now that we are here, I wish we were two games over .500. Expectations change. But we are happy with our progress."

Parker at corner?

There's a chance cornerback Byron Parker could start for the Argos on Monday. Cornerback Willie Middlebrooks has not practised because of a groin problem, giving Parker and Dovonte Edwards reps with the defensive starters. Parker re-joined the club last week against Calgary after he was released by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Tackle Adriano Belli, who missed last week with a left leg infection, could be back in the Argos lineup.

Briefly

Fewer than 1,000 tickets are left for Monday's game ... The Ticats have signed defensive end Adrian Baird.


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