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McIntyre returns to familiar season: postseason

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

Ever since his senior football season at South Tahoe High School, winning has been the norm for Garrett McIntyre.

Following an 0-9 record with the Vikings in 2002, McIntyre was part of four bowl teams at Fresno State University and two championship appearances with the San Jose SaberCats in the Arena Football League.

Add a Canadian Football League playoff berth to the defensive lineman’s winning resume.

McIntyre and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats nailed down a spot in the CFL postseason Sunday with a 39-17 regular-season-ending victory at Winnipeg.

Hamilton finished the regular season with a 9-9 record to take second place in the Eastern Division. The Tiger-Cats earned a home playoff game for Sunday, when they will meet British Columbia in a division semifinal matchup.

“Pretty much since my senior year, we’ve won about nine games every year,” said McIntyre at the outset of the CFL season. “Obviously, I’ve been surrounded by good players, too. If people go out and work hard every day, which I try to do, and are relentless and do all of the right things, that’s the whole key to winning football games. If 48 guys are doing the same thing and feeding off each other, maybe that has something to do with it.”

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McIntyre started his third straight game at defensive tackle Sunday against the Blue Bombers after returning from a hamstring injury. Earlier in the season, McIntyre started five games at defensive end.

Through his first regular season in the CFL, McIntyre has 19 tackles, a quarterback sack and a fumble recovery.

Hamilton is the all-time CFL leader with 15 Grey Cup titles, but the franchise is in jeopardy of not adding at least one championship in a decade for the first time since winning it’s initial title in 1910.

“They’ve done it every decade,” McIntyre said. “If we don’t get one this year, we break that streak. We’re hoping we can get back to that Grey Cup.”

A win on Sunday, then an upset of Montreal the following week will give the Tiger-Cats a chance to continue that trend.