Execute or execution?

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:45 PM ET

HAMILTON — The Hamilton Tiger-Cats were supposed to be better this year.

Today, they better prove it.

Either that, or the reception could get a tad frosty on the home front at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

They host the Calgary Stampeders in a home opener before a crowd that is desperate to believe. All the Stampeders did last week was make the Toronto Argonauts’ offence look like it had blown an engine. Last year the Stamps were in the West Division final and they’re just two seasons removed from winning the Grey Cup. In other words, no push-overs.

The Ticats’ meantime got pounded last week in their season opener in Winnipeg. Over-confident, perhaps?

“I hope not,” said Hamilton head coach Marcel Bellefeuille, yesterday. “I felt we came out and played hard but we just didn’t do what we needed to do. You can warn (players) all you want but sometimes you have to go through it. Sometimes you need to go through some adversity.

“Adversity doesn’t build character; it reveals it.”

The Ticats battled through plenty of adversity last year, bouncing back with a late-season surge to finish second with a 9-9 record in the East. “Our greatest asset is our collective will. This team has that and we saw it last year,” said Bellefeuille.

He said the team has made some changes this week to prepare for Calgary. Quarterback Kevin Glenn completed just 15 of 30 passes in the 49-29 loss and both the defensive and offensive lines were out-played.

“We need to come out as an offensive unit and do something that we didn’t do last week,” said Glenn, “execute.”

Another loss and the Ticats could be headed down the same bumpy road as last season when they found themselves in an 18-week dogfight just to be mediocre.

“It’s an important game for the offence ... after what happened last week,” said Glenn. “You could tell that from the attitude in practice all week. Serious.”


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