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Ticats TV Live: Behind the scenes

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This season the Ticats started an in-game studio-like panel, featuring former CFL players Marwan Hage, Paul Osbaldiston, and John Williams. The Snap’s own Brodie Lawson is the host, and she’s set to take us behind the scenes of what happens during a Ticats game day.

By Brodie Lawson

This season the Ticats started an in-game studio-like panel. The whole idea is that the fans who make it out to the game get to experience the live action on the field, but they won’t miss the commentary they would get if they were watching the game at home.

I host the panel which is a pretty sweet gig, and when I met up with some CFL folks at the game they suggested I give you a little behind-the-scenes look at what a Ticats TV Live game day looks like.

Ticats TV Live runs during the pre-game, quarter breaks, halftime and post-game. We break down plays, analyze stats, look at the matchups, and in general discuss the everything Ticats — and of course the opposing team.

There have been some major highlights this season, but I have to say one of the best days this year (or of my life) has been getting to host CFL enthusiasts and legendary broadcasters Chris Berman and John Saunders!

CFL: Toronto Argonauts at Hamilton Tiger-CatsLeft to right: Me, Chris Berman, John Saunders (like they need a decription…)

This behind-the-scenes look is from a much colder day in the Hammer, this past Saturday when the Ticats took on the Montreal Alouettes. Big game , big deal on many fronts so we were pretty pumped!

Hortons-Preparation-ShirtsMy day began at 9am laying out 20,000 t-shirts for fan appreciation day. 

the-panel-1Hair/makeup/meetings and then voila! 

This is the panel! Left to right me, Marwan Hage, Paul Osbaldiston, and John Williams. These guys are all former Ticats: Marwan played 10 seasons in the black and gold at centre; Oz, basically a Ticat legend after playing 18 seasons as a kicker/punter; and John Williams, hybrid running back, special teams ace, local guy and an absolute beauty!

Though each of these guys primarily played one position, what has been really cool is how much insight they have on the whole complexion of a game. It is incredible how much players need to know about ALL aspects of the game. I don’t think they get enough recognition for that!

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Marwan and John chuckling over something pre-game! We were SO cold and Marwan forgot his gloves…

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Time for a quick selfie, then it was show time! Notice the checkerboard-coloured seats in the background — those are all of the t-shirts we had organized earlier that morning.

view from the panel This is what we see all game. 

Williams-Os John and Oz mid show.

We made it through pre-game and a very exciting first two quarters, but before we go back on the guys need a touch up! Football players getting their makeup done = hilarious.

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John Williams (left) and Marwan Hage (right)

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Our view of the field isn’t terrible . . .

The Ticats won 29-15 and are now 6-0 at Tim Hortons Field. Every game, John awards a player the “Steel Mill Cowboy” and he determines how many strikes on the anvil. This week it went to Tiger-Town in general — six strikes!

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Williams strikes the anvil.

After the game we go for a little de-briefing.

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Producer Matt Smeillie (left) and dead centre is Peter Dyakowski, and by now you know the rest of the gang! 

If you’ve been to a game I hope you’ve enjoyed the panel. If you are coming to the East Final please stop by and say hi!

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