The Cats are down to their final life, one that they have some control over as they head off to Toronto for their regular season finale.
The task is simple a win and then they no doubt will have a pizza party on Friday night to cheer on the Calgary Stampeders on Friday Night Football, a loss and well when does the next plane leave Hamilton?
The Cats who have been the most inconsistent team in the CFL all year shouldn't have been in this position, a few timely wins through the summer and into the fall would have removed the last week dramatics, but Hamilton let far too many games slip away, so they all need to bring their "A" game to the Rogers Centre tonight.
Toronto, which has secured a playoff date for the first time in a while now, will rest Ricky Ray, good news for the Tiger Cats, now if the Argos could rest their defence as well all might be good for the Hamiltonians.
Should they find success this weekend both in Toronto and with help from the Stamps then they'll be right back in Toronto next weekend for the Eastern semi final.
When the season started, a good number of CFL observers thought that Hamilton was going to be the team to beat this season, as it turns out they were the team that everyone could beat and yet they still have one more chance to make a less than solid regular season worthwhile.
The playoffs offer up the chance to run the table, three wins and the Grey Cup is yours, of course you have to get to the dance, the music starts for Hamilton at 7 tonight.
Game Time 7 PM ET, 4 PT Rogers Centre TSN
Hamilton 40 at Toronto 43 (27,283)
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Toronto Sun-- Ray gets the week off
Toronto Star-- Argos to rest Ray for final game of CFL regular season
Hamilton Spectator-- Ticats have certainly earned this torturous ending to their season
Canada.com-- Ticats face another must-win situation in regular-season finale against Argos
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Toronto Star-- Argonauts answer bell against Tiger-Cats
Hamilton Spectator-- Season over: Ticats lose 43-40 to Argos
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