Oskie Wet Wet

During the Hamilton Tiger Cats home opener against Edmonton in Guelph Sunday, I ventured into the stands to get the name of a soggy fan I had photographed. The woman sitting in front of him turned to me in the rain and said, ” How are those (my cameras) in the rain?” “I’ll let you know,” I said, because, in 30 years as a newspaper photographer, I have never tried to work through a downpour like the one that drenched everything at Alumni Stadium. I drove home from Guelph with the heat on in my car, since I was soaked like I had fallen into a pool instead of covering a football game. As far as the game goes, the Cats looked soggy before the rains even started, fell behind quickly, and never got the ship righted fully. here’s hoping for better – or at least drier – things in their next game – Barry Gray

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, July 7,2013 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Edmonton Eskimos; first home game at Alumni Stadium in Guelph. Barry Kory & Francis Webb show what the better dressed Cat fan wears.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, July 7,2013 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Edmonton Eskimos; first home game at Alumni Stadium in Guelph. Barry Kory & Francis Webb show what the better dressed Cat fan wears. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, July 7,2013 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Edmonton Eskimos; first home game at Alumni Stadium in Guelph. Gabriel and Michael Nash wear wacky hair as they get ready to cheer on the team. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, July 7,2013 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Edmonton Eskimos; first home game at Alumni Stadium in Guelph. Gabriel and Michael Nash wear wacky hair as they get ready to cheer on the team. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, July 7,2013 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Edmonton Eskimos; first home game at Alumni Stadium in Guelph. Lance Whittaker cheers his Ticats.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, July 7,2013 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Edmonton Eskimos; first home game at Alumni Stadium in Guelph. Lance Whittaker cheers his Ticats. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, July 7,2013 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Edmonton Eskimos; first home game at Alumni Stadium in Guelph. Wet Ticat fans held out hope their heroes would prevail. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, July 7,2013 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Edmonton Eskimos; first home game at Alumni Stadium in Guelph. Wet Ticat fans held out hope their heroes would prevail. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, July 7,2013 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Edmonton Eskimos; first home game at Alumni Stadium in Guelph. Fans sought refuge any way they could from the downpours. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, July 7,2013 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Edmonton Eskimos; first home game at Alumni Stadium in Guelph. Fans sought refuge any way they could from the downpours. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, July 7,2013 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Edmonton Eskimos; first home game at Alumni Stadium in Guelph. A young fan takes shelter under her umbrella. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, July 7,2013 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Edmonton Eskimos; first home game at Alumni Stadium in Guelph. A young fan takes shelter under her umbrella. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, July 7,2013 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Edmonton Eskimos; first home game at Alumni Stadium in Guelph. Eskimos Hugh Charles does a backflip after scoring a touchdown against the Cats.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, July 7,2013 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Edmonton Eskimos; first home game at Alumni Stadium in Guelph. Eskimos Hugh Charles does a backflip after scoring a touchdown against the Cats. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, July 7,2013 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Edmonton Eskimos; first home game at Alumni Stadium in Guelph. Sam Giguere makes a catch and flies over an Eskimos defender. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, July 7,2013 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Edmonton Eskimos; first home game at Alumni Stadium in Guelph. Sam Giguere makes a catch and flies over an Eskimos defender. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, July 7,2013 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Edmonton Eskimos; first home game at Alumni Stadium in Guelph. Lindsey Lamar looks for some running room during their game against Edmonton. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, July 7,2013 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Edmonton Eskimos; first home game at Alumni Stadium in Guelph. Lindsey Lamar looks for some running room during their game against Edmonton. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, July 7,2013 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Edmonton Eskimos; first home game at Alumni Stadium in Guelph. Ticat quarterback Henry Burris scrambles away from an Eskimo defender. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, July 7,2013 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Edmonton Eskimos; first home game at Alumni Stadium in Guelph. Ticat quarterback Henry Burris scrambles away from an Eskimo defender. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, July 7,2013 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Edmonton Eskimos; first home game at Alumni Stadium in Guelph. Esks Hugh Charles eludes Ticats James Patrick in the second half at Alumni Stadium. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, July 7,2013 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Edmonton Eskimos; first home game at Alumni Stadium in Guelph. Esks Hugh Charles eludes Ticats James Patrick in the second half at Alumni Stadium. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, July 7,2013 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Edmonton Eskimos; first home game at Alumni Stadium in Guelph. Delvin Breaux tackles Esks Isaiah Sweeney in 4th quarter. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, July 7,2013 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Edmonton Eskimos; first home game at Alumni Stadium in Guelph. Delvin Breaux tackles Esks Isaiah Sweeney in 4th quarter. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, July 7,2013 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Edmonton Eskimos; first home game at Alumni Stadium in Guelph. Lindsey Lamar is gang tackled by a swarm of Eskimos during 4th quarter. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, July 7,2013 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Edmonton Eskimos; first home game at Alumni Stadium in Guelph. Lindsey Lamar is gang tackled by a swarm of Eskimos during 4th quarter. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, July 7,2013 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Edmonton Eskimos; first home game at Alumni Stadium in Guelph.  Simon Charbonneau-Campeau is grabbed by Esks Marcell Young in 4th quarter action. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, July 7,2013 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Edmonton Eskimos; first home game at Alumni Stadium in Guelph. Simon Charbonneau-Campeau is grabbed by Esks Marcell Young in 4th quarter action. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

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