Thursday, 19 July 2012

Ivor Wynne Stadium is a house of horrors for the Montreal Alouettes

This Saturday night, the Montreal Alouettes will have their first important divisional road game as they will travel down to Hamilton to face the Tiger-Cats.

Ivor Wynne Stadium could be considered the house of horrors for the Alouettes as their last victory in Hamilton was on September 11th, 2010, ironically enough it was on a Saturday. On that day, it was Adrian McPherson who had started in-place of Anthony Calvillo and had passed for 238 yards.

However, ever since that triumphant day in Hamilton, the Alouettes have lost four straight trips (including a preseason game).

During that span, they have been outscored 175-70, and quarterback Anthony Calvillo has passed for only one touchdown. Furthermore, this has been a tough place for running back Brandon Whitaker who has rushed for a total of 149 yards and has averaged 37 yards per game.

As the Alouettes prepare for their Saturday battle, one of the key elements going into this football game is how well hydrated they will be. Watching the Tiger-Cats week three victory over the Toronto Argonauts, it was obvious how the humidity had an impact on both teams.

In the fourth quarter, both teams looked lethargic. If the Alouettes are well conditioned in facing the Tiger-Cats it could go a long way in this potentially muggy game.

This will be the Alouettes first of two road games in Hamilton. Regardless of the outcome, they will be content for when they tear down this old stadium and build a new one. These last few trips to southern Ontario have not been too kind, and they hope to build different memories in the Tiger-Cats future new home.

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