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Dirty Bird Blog: Hammered in Hamilton Part Deux

Posted By Clifford Pine On Oct 5 2012 @ 12:50 pm In Montreal Alouettes | No Comments

I think I must be cursed when it comes to watching the Alouettes in Hamilton. I’ve been to both games in 2012 and both time the Tiger-Cats won in convincing fashion. But you have my word Alouettes Nation…after this season, no more going to games in Hamilton for 2013! That’s a promise!

After such a stellar game against the Argonauts at home earlier in the week, I expected the momentum to carry on into the Hammer. But Hamilton proved that despite their record, they are still a threat in the CFL’s Eastern division.

You really don’t know which Ti-Cats team is going to show up on any given week. A friend that I made this year from Hamilton explained it to me quite well: “It all depends which Burris shows up this week to play; Henry or Hank”. This past week Ti-Cat fans were treated to the Burris that can light up the Als’ D for 5 touchdowns.

But what will have Hamiltonians scratching their heads as the season chugs along will be just which Tiger-Cats team will show up in these next few weeks? The team that handled Edmonton and Montreal with ease or the team that struggled against Toronto during the Labour Day Rivalry games?

With that sound defeat last Friday, that should be the last time the Alouettes play in Ivor Wynne under its current state. Once the CFL season ends, work is expected to start in the stadium’s renovation which will see Hamilton relocated for the 2013 season. There’s still no definite word as to where the Cats will be playing. My guess is they share the Rogers Centre with the Argos just like the New York Jets/Giants share Metlife Stadium.  It’s a 45 minute drive away from Hamilton and can surely accommodate both teams and their fans quite handily.

If the Alouettes can win this coming Monday & Edmonton loses, then the Alouettes will clinch a playoff spot for sure. The upcoming schedule may feature teams that Montreal has had little problems defeating this season, but these are by no means gimme games. Last year the Alouettes had three prime chances to take sole possession of first place from Winnipeg and blew all three. Nothing is guaranteed in the Canadian Football League.

When Montreal plays the Eastern Final at Olympic Stadium, they are nearly perfect. So the focus now has to be on securing the home field advantage as October rolls forwards. I have faith that the Alouettes can do it. My hope is that Alouettes fans take every opportunity they can to rally this team to victory.

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While I was in Hamilton watching the game last Friday, the Alouettes front office were doing their part to endear themselves to their fan base by hosting an impromptu get-together for their season ticket holders. Held at La Cage aux Sports, fans were able to rub elbows with front office staff as well as injured Alouettes who came to greet fans.

Prizes were given away as well and from all accounts of those who were present, a good time was had by all. Once again, I sincerely hope that the higher-ups saw the value in a night like this and will continue to hold events like this in the near future. Maybe if  they even advertise it on their website or social media hubs, I am certain many more fans will partake if they are aware.

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For the second year in a row, the CFL is going pink to raise awareness for breast cancer research. So for the month of October, expect players from all eight teams to be wearing pink gloves, wristbands, shoes and other accessories. Fans will also be able to purchase pink CFL merchandise at designated games during October, as each city will be raising funds for local charities.

Montreal won’t have a “pink game” at home, but will be active during the October 14th game in Toronto, which is also the Fan Train game. I would strongly encourage fans to show the team as much support as possible. A great way to do that will tonight in Montreal at Time Supper Club.

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Tickets are still available and a lot of the Alouettes players will be there in full force.  A great event for a great cause, so be sure to come on out tonight!

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This Monday, while everyone feasts on turkey and all the trimmings, the Alouettes will play their annual game on Thanskgiving Monday. And as the Alouettes themselves will tell you [2], it’s not a game to be missed. No major records will be broken on Monday like in years past, but it will still be a fantastic afternoon well-spent on the mountain.

The fellas from Les Gars Qui Vivent [3] will have the tailgate rocking, even doing up some Thanksgiving fare in case you don’t have a turkey dinner to go to this weekend. Be sure to come check it out starting at 9AM on Monday. And you can even check it out after the game, as even Alouettes players have been known to stop by afterwards.

Just look for the blue tent on the eastern side of Percival Molson Stadium and the massive crowd of people cooking & having fun!

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That’s all for now. Be sure to follow me on Twitter [4] for live game updates & any last minute news. No matter where you watch the game, have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

GO ALS GO!!!

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