WINNIPEG - If you’re struggling to get motivated for Sunday’s East Final between the Bombers and Ticats, we’re here to help.
Hamilton’s not so bad, you might say.
At least it’s not Montreal.
What’s to hate?
Well, snap out of it. There are plenty of reasons to get your hate on for the Tabbies and here are the top 10:
10. One Great City
When the Bombers are introduced at Ivor Wynne Stadium, this song by the Weakerthans plays over the speakers. Little do these Hamiltonians know that the ditty, which includes the lyrics ‘I hate Winnipeg,’ is actually a tribute to our fine Prairie burg. So thanks!
9. Kevin Glenn
What did he ever do for Winnipeg? Threw a lot of interceptions, that’s what. He was the East Division’s most outstanding player once. Whoop-de-do. So was Tiger-Cats quarterback Ken Hobart.
8. Khari Jones
The man put up mucho passing yards — as long as it was the regular season. Put him in a playoff game, however, and it was like he was throwing a football for the first time. Khari managed to put up a whopping 19 points in the 2001 Grey Cup. And if he had just put the ball in the end zone a couple more times Troy Westwood wouldn’t have missed all those field goals.
7. The Grey Cup
The Bombers lost the 1953, 1957 and 1965 Grey Cups to the Tiger-Cats, who obviously cheated their way to victory. Then again, the Bombers won the big game the other five times they met in the Grey Cup. So this would actually be a reason to feel sorry for the Tiger-Cats.
All Ron Trentini was doing on July 14, 2009, at Ivor Wynne Stadium was taking a few notes. What’s the big deal? The Ticats treated the situation like it was the Cuban Missile Crisis. Take a chill pill next time, Tabbies. The Bombers handled it internally, so there was really no need to freak out.
5. Dave Stala
“This Swaggerville thing, it’s kind of funny to me,” Ticats slotback Dave Stala told Hamilton TV station CHCH earlier this year. “They need to give themselves a name? ... It’s a cartoon or something over there.” You know what else is funny, Dave? Four catches for 49 yards — your total against the Bombers in three losses this season. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
4. Dave Stala’s mouth
My five-year-old son and I were watching Sunday’s East Semifinal when Stala caught a touchdown pass, looked into the camera and said “F----- right!” Now when my five-year-old wins at Angry Birds, puts his dishes away or makes his bed, he follows it up with “F---- right!” Thanks, Dave.
3. Stevie Baggs
We thought Stevie was kidding when he looked into a TSN camera a few months ago and said he was the best defensive end in the CFL. He was serious! Well, it looks like Shakespeare’s game is much ado about nothing, because he was a healthy scratch for ratio reasons on Sunday in Montreal. Odell Willis was named a CFL all-star on Wednesday.
2. The Boat
The Tiger-Cats jumped in a Lund twice during the final game of the 2009 regular season. Bombers quarterback Michael Bishop threw interception after interception that day, allowing the Ticats to escape with a 39-17 victory and celebrate by leaping in the boat located just outside the end zone — with cleats on, too!
1. You’d rather what?
On the morning of July 28, 2006, the day the 4-2 Bombers visited the 1-5 Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium, the Hamilton Spectator had a two-page poster spread that read: “I’d rather be 1-5 than from Winnipeg.” The score that night? Winnipeg 29, Hamilton 0. Enough said.