Drexl, if you're thinking of crusading against the "BRING HIM TO HAMILTON" gang, give it up.
I tried it once, and it's a losing battle.
There are so many posters on here who are utterly convinced that somebody else's rejects are the salvation of our team.
If we picked up all those rejects these posters want, we would have a team of 96 players, a coaching staff of 27, and general managers and scouts beyond number.
Just be thankful that it's only an eight team league. Can you imagine the confusion if we were looking at cuts from 30 teams?
I know, and I don't mind it, cause good players are released sometimes for salary reasons (is there really a salary this year or are teams going to pull the old sign a player for 10000$ then give him another title within the oranization like say a janitor for a salary of 100000$) but yesterday things seemed to be a little bit out of control around these parts.
Wilf, not to be politically correct or anything
but...rather than using the harsh term "rejects"
couldn't you say
Their "best before" dates have passed?
I try to avoid speaking about "best before" dates, since that usually connotes something (or someone) which has outlived it's usefullness. That could be turned against me, and you're not too far away, either.
"Rejects" however, come in all shapes, sizes, ages, skills. Perhaps I can find a more generous term to use in the future.
As to "politically correct", I gave that up years ago. "Polite and respectful" are things I aspire to, but 'Politically correct' earns you no brownie points for honesty and sincerity.
I don't know about you, Wilf
but for me 'best before' means
I am not as good as I once was
but I am still damn good!
As far as many 2007 CFL cuts go,
some are still in their best years
Several TIGER CUTS fit that description
as do some of the other team's 'rejects'
others may not be at their best but
they are still good or even better than good.
Let them stew for a while, then, hire a few
to fill our specific needs at reasonable prices.
All good points, Ron. Rightnow, and in the near future, the league will be flooded with castoffs who are still very valuable, but for various reasons, may not fit into the scheme of things for some teams.
Some of these players are definitely worth a look and if the Cats play their cards right, they'll be obtainable for a very reasonable cost.
Many of these players are likely in the twilight of their careers, but many are out of the picture with their former teams for a variety of other reasons.
Quote....'Many of these players are likely in the twilight of their careers..'
Too true...In the twilight, but maybe still possessing skills. But, are these the players we would want in a rebuilding scenario?
I would be very surprised if Taaffe would vigourously pursue this type of player. It is more likely he will want to build on what's here and retainable, and flesh it out with NEW bodies, who can adapt to whatever scheme he intends to install.
Ron, your comment of self-congratulation, 'still damn good' recalls the plaint by Ado Annie in the musical "Oklahoma" when she exclaimed...
"I don't think I'm better than anyone else,
but I'll be damned if I ain't just as good"