Kent Austin named new head coach and General Manager of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats CFL football team, Monday December 17, 2012. (Craig Robertson/QMI Agency)
WINNIPEG - For the second straight December, a member of the CFL's weak-sister division has sent a pre-Christmas jolt through three-down football.
I'll give you one guess which team it isn't.
With one costly firing (George Cortez) and an equally bold hire (Kent Austin), the homeless Hamilton Tiger-Cats have changed the landscape of the CFL East, much like the Toronto Argonauts did a year ago.
For the Argos, a blockbuster trade for future hall of fame quarterback Ricky Ray, coupled with the hiring of head coach Scott Milanovich, helped end a seven-year Grey Cup drought in the year that was.
The Tiger-Cats are counting on Austin to end their own 13-year dry spell in '13.