A dream come true for Tiger-Cats linebacker Nathan Kanya

Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Nathan Kanya

This is a multimedia story I did for OpenFile Hamilton:

Nathan Kanya had an unusual childhood, though he is quick to downplay it.

Born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, he lived in Lubumbashi until the age of 6, when he and his family left for France in search of a better, safer life.

After about five years he and his family relocated again, this time to the United States for a couple years before finally settled in Hamilton during his teens. Kanya’s early childhood love was soccer, but he traded it for football, playing at Cathedral High School in Hamilton, in the OVFL for the Steel City Ironmen and on a scholarship for the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds before returning full circle to Hamilton, signing with the CFL’s Tiger-Cats prior to the 2011 season.

Please watch the ‘video’ for the full story and photos:

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And a few of my favourite photos from the story:

Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Nathan Kanya

Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Nathan Kanya

Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Nathan Kanya

Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Nathan Kanya

Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Nathan Kanya

Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Nathan Kanya

Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Nathan Kanya

Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Nathan Kanya

Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Nathan Kanya

Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Nathan Kanya

Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Nathan Kanya

Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Nathan Kanya

CFL 2010.11.06: Lions 23 – Tiger-Cats 21

I have to hand it to the Cats – they’ll make their second post season appearance in two years straight. They’re definitely a much better team than a few years ago, but after attending this game against the BC Lions, I can’t help but wonder if they have the ‘killer instinct’ to put teams away for good. I think they’re close, but not quite there. They could have done it to the Lions, but didn’t, leaving just enough daylight for them to claw back with a game winning field goal late in the game.

In a somewhat rocky game the Cats D put a lot of hurt on QB Travis Lulay, yet he was still able to get off passes to his receivers for TDs when it counted. Granted it’s the nature of CFL that makes covering the pass fairly difficult, but the Cats’ offence didn’t help the situation late in the game with dropped passes. There were a number, including deep ones to receivers Willie Thornton and Maurice Mann – just enough to take some of the sparkle off Mann’s two TDs, including a spectacular single handed TD grab (the photo above)… And Glenn’s intercepted pass near the goal line in the third quarter also didn’t help.

To continue to the game photos click here or on the photo above.

As always, more photos from this game and others can be seen at my CFL/Tiger-Cats photo archive.

CFL 2010.09.11: Alouettes 27 – Tiger-Cats 6

It wasn’t a great game and I got bogged down with a lot of other work until now, thus put this one on the back burner for a while. With another busy spell coming, I figure it’s now or never. So, sorry for the late post. Photos from the game can be found as usual on my CFL/Tiger-Cats photo archive.

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CFL 2010.09.06: Labour Day Classic – Tiger-Cats 28 – Argonauts 13

A bit late posting these images from the Labour Day Classic between the Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats at a sold out Ivor Wynne Stadium.

The Tiger-Cats won 28-13, but the game wasn’t a pretty one from a photographic point of view. Not a whole lot of good action photos of the offense, though the defense didn’t disappoint.

The following is a roughly chronological selection of images from the game. The full 200+ final edit can be seen on my CFL/Tiger-Cats photo archive.

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CFL 2010.09.06: Labour Day Classic – Fans & Tailgating

As I did last year, I spent some time over at Scott Park field to take in some Labour Day Classic tailgating. But this year I also wandered around the stadium a bit to get a better feel for the unique environment around Ivor Wynne. Perhaps Tiger-Cats fans take the urban setting a bit for granted and don’t realize how special it is now in the era of highly refined and researched ‘driveway to driveway’ stadium experiences.

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CFL 2010.07.16: Hamilton 28 – Winnipeg 7

Tiger-Cats wide receiver Maurice Mann pulls in his second touchdown of the game over Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive back Donald Brown during the third quarter at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton.

Mann and Cats running back DeAndra’ Cobb tallied two touchdowns each.

Click on the photo or here to see more photos from the game…