Tiger-Cats have beaten only one team

DAVE FULLER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:37 AM ET

HAMILTON — The Tiger-Cats aren’t unlike the victory-challenged Edmonton Eskimos or B.C. Lions in one respect:

They’ve beaten just one team — in Hamilton’s case, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who failed to make the playoffs in 2009.

So, the fact the Ticats are 3-1 against the Bombers and 0-3 against the rest of the CFL says as much as it doesn’t say. These Cats remain a mystery.

“Yeah, we need to start playing other teams to really show what and who we are,” Hamilton offensive tackle Alexandre Gauthier said Tuesday as the Ticats readied for Friday’s showdown in Toronto against the 5-2 Argonauts.

“But I think Winnipeg’s got a pretty strong team. Some people may think we look like two weak teams beating on each other but I think we’re two pretty decent teams.”

Ticats slotback Dave Stala, twice voted the outstanding Canadian of the week this season, says mock those Bomber wins if you like but “if you ask me, it’s harder to be successful against a team you’ve played many times because they understand your schemes, your systems, your tendencies.”

Of course, it’s equally difficult for the Argos to get a read on the Ticats, given that all they seem to do is play Winnipeg.

The Bombers and Ticats met once in the pre-season, then four more times in the past seven weeks, including a home-and-home series the past two weekends.

Hamilton has also lost games to CFL stalwarts Calgary, Montreal and Saskatchewan, but have yet to play those aforementioned doormats, Edmonton and B.C.

“Last year we progressed a lot and the expectations were really high,” Gauthier said. “I still think we have the team to be great. We had a low start but you never win the Grey Cup in the first few weeks. I’d rather peak at the end.”

Stala is pumped about Friday’s game at the Rogers Centre, one of his favourite venues to play in. He’s not concerned about Hamilton’s lack of a running game.

“I’d rather throw the ball and catch passes,” said Stala, speaking like a receiver.


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