Can it be time to actually believe in the Hamilton Tiger-Cats? Despite having won only three times all season long, is it not time to write them off just yet? With their 24-23 win over the British Columbia Lions on Friday, the Tiger-Cats made a statement. The statement was they cannot be counted out.
The chances a team has of winning the Grey Cup does not always come down to total regular season wins. It is about momentum. It is the primary factor that helps determine a champion. Sure, there are other factors that exist, but if you don’t have momentum heading into the postseason, you usually lack the necessary confidence required to defeat your opponent.
The Tiger-Cats now have an opportunity to forget about their horrendous start. All CFL fans know that they went 0-8 to start the year and did not win their first game since Labour Day. But over the last month, there have been significant signs of improvement for the Tiger-Cats. They have won three of their last four games, and even though their wins have been by a combined total of a converted touchdown, the 60-1 Tiger-Cats loss to the Calgary Stampeders on July 29 now seems like a distant memory.
It will now be interesting to see if the Tiger-Cats midseason changes at head coach (June Jones) and at quarterback (Jeremiah Masoli) will get Hamilton into the final playoff spot. At 3-9, they are currently five points back of the Ottawa RedBlacks with two games in hand. To finish the season, Hamilton has two games with Montreal, and one game each against Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary and Winnipeg. They may be six games below .500, but the Tiger-Cats just might find themselves in striking distance of a playoff spot. With the factor of momentum in your corner, anything is possible.