Keep bringin' the 'Cats

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:42 AM ET

Just two weeks ago, Sean Woodson enjoyed his finest hour in a Blue Bombers uniform.

The import linebacker recorded six defensive tackles, one special teams tackle, a quarterback sack and a knockdown as Winnipeg whipped his former team, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 44-14.

"Sean Woodson had his best game of the year against his previous team," Bombers head coach Jim Daley said after that match. "I told him we're playing Hamilton again this week, next week and the week after."

Well, Daley will not have to pretend this week as the Bombers will indeed play the Ticats again in Hamilton tomorrow night.

"Woodson thought we were playing Hamilton last week because Hamilton was practising here all week," Daley joked yesterday. "I walked him down every day to the locker-room to tell him we were playing against those guys. I told him we're saving Ottawa the travel cost, that's Hamilton we're playing again.

HE'LL BE READY

"So he'll be ready this week, too. He played an outstanding football game against Hamilton. He didn't know we weren't playing Hamilton last Friday and he is playing Hamilton this Friday so he's in for a good run."

Woodson, however, was a little sheepish when reminded of Daley's jabs.

"I don't necessarily know about that," said the 6-foot-1, 240-pounder, who is tied for second in the CFL with 46 defensive tackles. "I had a pretty good game but, defensively, we all had a real good game. And offensively, we had a real good game. It was one of the few games this year that we put in 60 minutes in all facets of the game and if we can do that again we'll be coming out with a W.

"The way I look at is, it's a must-win game on the schedule and I want to go out and play as hard as I can. The rest of the way, there are going to be playoff implications every week so we've got to go out and put our best foot forward, and it doesn't matter if we're playing Hamilton or Montreal."

The 'Cats, however, are still seeking their first victory and Woodson could sympathize after being a member of the 1-17 Hamilton team in 2003.

"It depends on the individual but it's still hard to go out there every week and come up empty every time," he said. "That's got to be frustrating for those guys. I'm sure a lot of those guys are questioning their ability or frustrated with what's happening on the field, off the field, in the locker-room, with management. So there are a lot of issues going through a lot of those guys' minds. And the job security thing, I'm pretty sure the doors are opening and closing over there for a lot of players."

But with the 3-6 Bombers coming to town, some believe this is Hamilton's best chance to record its first victory of the 2005 campaign.

"They're going to come out and play hard," Woodson warned. "They're professionals so they know what's at stake and they've got a thirst for a win. For us, it's a must-win as well so I look for two good teams out there playing hard, despite what our records might indicate."

Although this will be Winnipeg's final meeting with the Ticats, Daley believes he can still persuade his linebacker that Regina is actually Hamilton next week.

"You know what? With Woodson's limited mental capacity, I think I can do it," he jibed. "I think I can convince him."


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