Getting Better All The Time
Dec 21, 2005 - 09:37 AM
Bob Young is back with his latest owner's... err... caretaker's update. Intrigued? Keep reading. Bob also discusses the 2005 season and the team's latest moves.
Getting Better All The Time.
Wow. Sure looks like Katz and company are working hard. Jason Maas is a great quarterback and even more impressive as a leader and human being. Joe Paopao was a great quarterback, and is also more impressive as a leader and human being. (Joe also happens to be an outstanding coach!)
I knew these guys wanted to win (Greg Marshall, Ron Lancaster, Craig Smith, Rob Katz and Christopher Dean) but I didn't realize just how badly. Understanding that Jason would have been a valuable asset to every team in the CFL and Joe can definitely coach on almost any teams staff, congratulations to Rob and the rest of our football personnel who made both these deals happen.
I am really looking on with great anticipation after I read Robâ€™s quote (thanks to our friends at The Spectator) after the trade. â€œThis is only the beginning of a very busy off-season in Hamilton,â€? Katz continued. â€œWe are going to take an aggressive approach to improve all areas of this football team.â€?
2005 - A Pretty Good Year
Well, believe it or not, 2005 was one of the best years in the recent history of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Football Club.
You don't believe me? Well how about I tell you the team finished with a record of 5-13 and yet our great fans continued to fill the stadium at a record pace! Hamilton can take pride in the fact that we are indeed a football city passionate about our team, our sport and our league.
Or how about: after an 0-8 start, the team did not quit. In fact we continued to build â€“ trying to establish long-term success but also managed to win five of our last 10 games. (An impressive stat considering the task.)
Most of all, 2005 was a great year because we again recognized as an organization we have both strengths and weaknessâ€™. Some of the lessons we learn are real obvious. Other ones have to jump up and bite us in the butt several times before we catch on. However, I am confident that we continue to learn from our mistakes and grow as an organization, delivering a better product each and every time you walk through the gates.
Some of our trials and tribulations you can read about in the Spectator daily, or on Ticats.ca or by listening to CH TV or CHML 900 Radio, but let me tell you about one of them you might not have heardâ€¦
We've appointed a new Owner!
No seriously, we have appointed a new owner. In fact, at last count we had over 500,000 owners and counting. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are a 136 year-old tradition and we as fans have every intention to see it become a 260 year-old tradition. This ability we have as a group to ensure the longevity of our team, combined with the fact that it is the fans that possess the passion to keep us moving forward as an organization truly emphasizes that we are all owners in this thing.
As for the old owner, we're demoting him to Caretaker.
As your new Caretaker, I am excited to inform you that we have dramatic improvements in the works for 2006. These range from improvements to your football team to improvements to the great game day experience and of course to the security in the stadium.
However, as we insisted in 2004 we intend to be the first Ontario-based CFL team in recent memory to win the Grey Cup and make a profit in the same year. You want a team that you know will be representing Hamilton in the Grey Cup not only this year, but in one hundred years from now. Well, with the organization that we are starting to build and the support we continue to receive from our loyal fans â€“ we expect this goal to become a reality very soon.
One of our goals as an organization (both on and off the field) is to strengthen our relationships with the city, the local businesses and all of the great charities supporting many different worthwhile causes found around Hamilton.
Just one important new project that will require the full support of every organization across our community will be the ongoing rejuvenation of Tiger-Cat Stadium, erâ€¦ Civic Stadium, er... Ivor Wynne, over the next few years.
As your Caretaker, I am thrilled to be a part of this. As the owners - we are counting on your pride in your team to ensure the Tiger-Cats ongoing success.
Congratulations on your promotion to "owner", and thanks,
(ps. To be clear and to avoid confusion: this whole Owner to Caretaker thing? It is really just a title change. )