Brandon Banks is one of those D.C. sports figures who generated a disproportionate amount of debate, blog posts, angry comments and sports-radio segments, compared to their influence on actual games. Other people who fit in that category in recent years would include JaVale McGee, Pat White, Albert Haynesworth, Michael Morse, Gunston, Rob Dibble and that crazy Russian kid who apparently plays hockey in Siberia or something and might or might not ever suit up for the Caps. Everyone had an opinion on these guys, which is not something you could necessarily say about, for example, Kedric Golston. Which is why we have, and will, continue to write about them even when they’re gone.
Banks turned up in the news this week when he went nuts for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats during a 27-24 comeback win over Montreal, that helped the Ticats clinch a home playoff game. He also earned the CFL’s Special Teams Player of the Week award. From the team:
Banks was a key part of the Ticats 27-24 comeback victory over the Montreal Alouettes last Saturday, returning a missed field goal 107 yards for a touchdown to give the Black and Gold their first lead of the game with under five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. In addition to his electrifying missed field goal return, Banks added 61 kickoff return yards, 42 punt return yards, 19 receiving yards, 47 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown in his fourth CFL game.
Here’s more, from the team’s game recap:
Listed at a generous 5’8″, receiver and return man Brandon Banks scored his first two CFL touchdowns Saturday, one on a 45-yard scamper, and the other on a 107-yard missed field goal return. Banks was brought to the Tiger-Cats to add some much needed speed to the offence and return game, and that’s exactly what he displayed against the Alouettes.
“Speedy B was huge for us,” said quarterback Henry Burris after the win. “That reverse touchdown and then that missed field goal touchdown…those things were huge.”
“I was learning the game, learning how guys use the width of the field,” Banks said in this interview, when asked about playing in the CFL. “It was a learning process for me, so I had to be patient at the same time. Of course I was frustrated, because every time I touch the ball I want to go score a touchdown. But I’m glad it happened now.”