Realty One

Sunday, November 1, 2015


HAMILTON - Ottawa Redblacks quarterback Henry Burris is taking it personally.

The 16-year CFL veteran says Hamilton defensive back Simoni Lawrence "crossed the line'' midway through the first quarter when he tackled Burris below the waist after he had released the ball. Burris was playing the game with a knee brace after being injured last week against Winnipeg.

"The bottom line is when you play this game there's always mutual respect across the league,'' said Burris, who's team defeated the Tiger-Cats 12-6 on Sunday at Tim Hortons Field to take top spot in the CFL East heading into next week's rematch in Ottawa. Hamilton (10-7) will need to beat the Redblacks (11-6) by six or more points to finish first in the East and earn the bye into the Eastern final.

"You don't try to take guys out and there's no room for that in this game of football,'' Burris added. "If that was the case, people could take shots at guys all the time. But for him to be a linebacker and have a chance to run through me in a regular style in football and instead he knows I wear a brace on my leg but for some reason he goes from running through ... me and tackling me like any other great football player would, but he chooses to ... go straight for my knee.

"Come on now, that's bush league. There's no room for that. I've got a family to feed.''

Burris and Lawrence were teammates in Hamilton for one year.

"For a guy to tell you he loves you at the coin toss and then try to take out your career? Come on now, come on,'' said Burris. "Don't tell me you love me and then stab me in the back.''

No penalty was called on the play.

"If Hank wants to act like that ... act like a whatever, it's on him,'' said Lawrence. "I tackled Mike Reilly last week. He's outside the box, I am low tackling, I tackle all players low. If you watch film, that is how I tackle.''

The post-game bad blood overshadowed a game that didn't see one touchdown scored. Ottawa kicker Chris Milo hit field goals from 35, 16, 24 and 30 yards for the Redblacks' only points. Hamilton kicker Justin Medlock hit both his field-goal attempts, from 45 and 18 yards.

Ottawa coach Rick Campbell wouldn't comment on the incident.

He did say he wasn't comfortable with a six-point lead heading home.

"We're not comfortable at all,'' he said. "They're a very good football team and we're going to go and work to get better this week. We have to be at our best to beat them again and we'll make sure we do that.''

Hamilton head coach Kent Austin said he saw nothing wrong with Lawrence's hit. But he was visibly upset with the loss.

"We were down in scoring territory a couple of times and we had open receivers,'' he said about the game. "We have to make plays.''

He added it is possible they may start Jacory Harris at pivot next week in Ottawa. The Ticats lost starter Zach Collaros to a knee injury in Week 13 and have struggled with rookie Jeff Mathews at the helm.

(The Canadian Press)


Anonymous said...

Oskee Wee Wee,
Oskee Waa Waa,
Tiger Cats GC bound 2015.

Anonymous said...

R Nation, really!!!!
R Nation first place in a two year period?
R Nation built a new team from nothing? that's incredible!
R Nation maybe a championship? wow!
Who's charge? of R Nation!
Can Saskatchewan's bumbleling franchise learn from this successful organization blueprint?

Anonymous said...

Do injuries matter? Damn right they do. I get tired of "all teams have injuries" and "injuries are no excuse". I know the reason for the cliches but must say even the great Kent is in some trouble after losing 'his' guy. Another cliche; "CFL is a QB driven league".

Anonymous said...

Uh oh... ticats are in trouble... looks like austin will fail you again!!!

Anonymous said...

This game is a perfect example of what's wrong with the CFL, what a dud. No talent but yet both teams are top teams..... Really 12 to 6??? thank god I didn't watch that crap and watched NFL.

Signed used to be hard core CFL fan

Anonymous said...

Austin never sees dirty plays like that, unless of course it is against his bush whackers. Burris is 100% right, and the league should get the lead out of their ass and do something about it. Nice win for the Red Blacks.

Anonymous said...

You didn't watch the game but you have an opinion!
You used to be a hardcore CFL fan, now your just a hardcore ass hole

Anonymous said...

The NFL snobs are getting tiresome. (Do you also refuse to watch the Pats when you could watch NHL?) They are two different leagues and two different games and levels of play! But a more important difference ... one is your home team and the other is some owners employees playing some other owners employees in places you may never even have visited. It's a free world but quit dumping on your home game. Jeez already.

Randolph said...

Rod you should really turn up the filter on these CFL haters taking their needless shots at our league. Come in with a point would you? Hard core? I don't think so.

By the way, what was so exciting about Seattle 13, Dallas 12? I watched the Arizona/ Cleveland game and it has been a long time since I have seen as many fumbles and dropped passes. I will take C (creative) FL any day over the N (numbing) FL.

Anonymous said...

Henry and Peyton - the old men are still a rockin' and a rollin' ....

Anonymous said...

Rider Nation sends its best wishes to the Redblack fans in Ottawa town and for a Happy Grey Cup season. I hope that the fans in R Nation are buying up lots of Henry jerseys.

Anonymous said...

The ORIGINAL Rough Riders in first place in the East.

Anonymous said...

The ORIGINAL Renegades in first place in the East.

Anonymous said...

Kent being Kent. Biggest baby in the CFL. Hey Austin your not the first guy to lose a football game. Grow up!

He sounds just like another coach that was around here after a loss.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Kent Austin The Sk. Football God. He's personally responsible for 2 of their 4 Grey Cup titles.