Rick Zamperin: Hamilton could soon be Canada’s new City of Champions

Hamilton Tiger-Cats head coach Orlondo Steinauer waves to people in the crowd following CFL football action against the Toronto Argonauts, in Hamilton, Ont., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power

What an incredible time it is to be a sports fan in Hamilton.

The success of Hamilton’s sports teams was magnified this weekend when three local teams all won big games in a span of a few hours.

The Tiger-Cats beat the Toronto Argonauts 21-18 Saturday night for their franchise-best 15th win of the Canadian Football League season. The victory also secured Hamilton’s first-ever 9-0 home record.

Forge FC, Hamilton’s Canadian Premier League soccer team, won the inaugural CPL championship Saturday afternoon with a 1-0 win over Cavalry FC in Calgary to claim the title 2-0 on aggregate.

READ MORE: Hamilton’s Forge FC crowned CPL champions

Just a couple of hours earlier, the McMaster University football team booked its ticket into the Yates Cup final for the first time since 2014 after they topped Guelph 19-9.

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Forge’s title run comes eight months after McMaster won the USports women’s basketball championship and about 17 months after the Hamilton Bulldogs won their first Ontario Hockey League championship.

READ MORE: Tiger-Cats end epic regular season with nail-biting win over Argonauts

And the best news for football fans in Hamilton is that the fun isn’t over yet.

The Marauders will visit the two-time defending Yates Cup champion Western Mustangs on Saturday in what should be an epic showdown.

A week later, on Nov. 17, the Ticats will have a chance to advance to their first Grey Cup since 2014 when they host either the Montreal Alouettes or Edmonton Eskimos.

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Can you imagine if Mac and the Cats, just like Forge, go all the way?

Sports fans in Hamilton can’t wait to find out.

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