Bruce looks for redemption against Eskies

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:29 PM ET

HAMILTON - No player is as colourful when it comes to self-expression than Arland Bruce III.

No player cuts to the chase when self-analysis is required.

Having had one of his worst games as a Ticat in last Friday’s season-opening loss to Winnipeg, Bruce evoked baseball’s Bambino in summarizing his feelings.

“Babe Ruth didn’t hit a home run every time he went to bat,’’ said Bruce, who metaphorically struck out looking on three pitches against the Bombers.

For a guy who loves talking hoops and is quite good on the hardwood, it was interesting to hear Bruce use a baseball reference when discussing his wretched opening game.

When a home-run receiver such as Bruce hauls in two passes for 22 yards and shows his frustration following a dropped pass by kicking the football, which earned him an objectionable conduct call, the key is moving forward.

For Bruce and the Ticats, that means preparing for Saturday night’s game in Edmonton. One of the players Bruce leaned on in the past was former NFL star Andre Rison.

“Andre Rison always kept telling me to get ready for next week,’’ Bruce said. “Sharpen up your game because there’s no point thinking about last season, last game, or what someone said to you. If you do, you’re going to always come up short.

“As a pro athlete, you’ve got to be mentally tough and you know what you need to work on. I’ve put it on myself to help this team win.”


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