'It's money time' for 'Gades

Jason Armstead works on his handstands during Renegades practice at Frank Clair Stadium yesterday....

Jason Armstead works on his handstands during Renegades practice at Frank Clair Stadium yesterday. (Ottawa Sun/Jason Ransom)

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:45 AM ET

There's some serious out-of-town scoreboard watching to do before a bunch of Southside fans have to worry about doing any scoreboard searching at Frank Clair Stadium tomorrow night.

In fact, when the Hamilton Ticats visit the Winnipeg Blue Bombers this evening, the result should be of almost as much interest to the Renegades and their faithful.

A Ticats win will give them 15 points and put them five up on Ottawa in the race for the third and final East Division playoff spot.

Should the Renegades then lose to Saskatchewan tomorrow, they would have to win each of their three remaining games and hope for the Ticats to lose all of theirs. The two teams still play each other twice more, with Ottawa also drawing Montreal and Hamilton getting Toronto.

A Bombers win tonight will give them 14 points, making them the fourth West Division team with more points than Hamilton and Ottawa and therefore give them temporary possession of the third playoff spot in the East, via the crossover format.

"The Winnipeg Blue Bombers," Renegades centre George Hudson said when asked which team he'd be cheering for tonight. "Because we're going to beat Hamilton twice.

"I mean, we have to, right? If Winnipeg wins and we win (tomorrow), then we beat Hamilton twice ... then we're money. There's not much time to mess around."

There's even less than "not much." When they host the Roughriders tomorrow, the Renegades, who have won just two of their last 11 games, will be trying to defeat a team not called the Calgary Stampeders for the first time since July 2.

Watching for momentum to start swinging in his team's favour will be Ottawa GM Eric Tillman, although Grey Cup renovations at Frank Clair Stadium have impaired his normal sightlines at home games.

"If the dominoes fall right this week, we will be one point behind Hamilton again," Tillman said when assessing the playoff race yesterday. "The combination of a win by us and a loss by the Ticats, and we control our own destiny. We have to look at catching (the Ticats), especially when we still play them twice."

The Renegades know they can't look past Saskatchewan, either. The Roughriders handled them 36-22 at Taylor Field Sept. 26, then won their third straight game by whipping the Montreal Alouettes 35-19 seven days later.

No team in the CFL is hotter than Saskatchewan.

"In my mind, we can't lose another game," said cornerback Dave Donaldson. "It's playoff time now ... our mentality has to be 'let's go, let's get it.' It's money time."


Videos

Photos