What a fine mess you have gotten us into!
I know you rescued the TiCats from the scrap heap financially, are an excellent businessman and truly amazing marketer but, unfortunately for us, you know zip all about running a sports franchise.
The Hamilton landscape is now becoming heavily littered with all your mistakes. This current 2007 version of the Tiger Cats are quite literally the worst collection of losing wannabes I have ever seen in my 50 years of following this once very proud organization, many of which have been as a long time, loyal season ticket holder in Section 26.
During your inept tenure of four years, we have had two presidents, three GM’s, three head coaches and posted a 18-39 record as a result. Yet, you tell us to be ‘more’ patient and we will win ‘some’ games this year despite being outscored 67-14 in our first two games already.
News flash, Bob, what we really need to know from your clairvoyant mind is how many TD’s we can hope to score this season, if any, because that seems to be the immediate pressing matter. If we get clobbered by the Als next week at home, we will for all effective purposes be mathematically eliminated for this year no matter how much hype your spin machine spits out for the gullible masses! 0-18 would be a remarkable achievement of your ownership for an all time CFL record.
When you look at what’s left of our entire roster today, especially after your new Wonderboy, Marcel the Parcel, got finished packaging off all the remaining quality veteran leadership we still had (it was NEVER about the players, Desjardin, it was ALWAYS about the coaching), I can only find 15 players maximum that could start right now for any other CFL team!
This is why it’s your bad, Bob. Too many kids who can’t play and never will be able to play so what’s to wait for in their development. They are mostly second and third stringers everywhere else including NFL Europa which recently folded.
BTW, Bob, that’s not all from us paying folks either because, if you didn’t notice while you were being constantly interviewed, Marcel The Parcel traded Wayne Smith and DJ Flick to the Riders for Rocky Butler who we then make fourth string and can’t keep. Now Charlie Taafe says our offensive line is ‘struggling’ and we have ‘no’ go to receivers let alone a capable third string backup QB with league experience would be quite useful in these dire circumstances.
And this bush league nonsense never seems to end under your watch because we further trade Jason Goss to Edmonton for Chang and Alston and then get rid of Alston, another so called competent WR.
Nevertheless, The Replacements sure looked great last night against the hated Argos, eh Bob?
So, does the right hand know what the left hand is doing??? Apparently not as Wonderboy et al, also, cut ‘character’ players, Hitchcock and Morreale, without even giving them an exhibition tryout. Oh yea and Taafe is desparately looking for somebody to ‘step up’ and lead by example. Talk about throwing the baby out with bath water!!!
So some advice, Bob - be careful that you don’t totally alienate your roughly 13,000 Die Hard Fans who are starting to throw in the towel because their primary purpose in forever supporting this team is to WIN or at least be closely competitive in losing if we are rebuilding, none of which is remotely happening!
You have been very good at increasing our fan base by getting a lot of new Party Goers to come to Ivor Wynne with your slick PR campaigns and fancy promotions. However, they are a fickle lot and are really there just for The Wave. When they get bored of all the ‘fun’ times and the team continues to lose endlessly, both the Party Goers and the Die Hards could be permamently AWOL if you are not very, very careful!
However, you could do some useful ‘caretaking’ by getting Mitchell to do something asap before it is too late. Let’s get an experienced GM to fix this unmitigated disaster now.
Goodbye Marcel, nice to have you pass through Hamilton via Montreal yet - was he a plant by Popp to have us never make the playoffs again? We certainly don’t want the JFJ MLSE experience here!!!
And, Bob, pleeeeze stop with this silly ‘we are ok’ garbage. Tell it like it is, we deserve it and we can take it as long as we know you are seriously going to get some outside professional sports help - not this rag tag collection of misfits advising you right now.
Maybe we could talk Bill Parcels out of retirement to manage us. You’ve got the bucks! But hey, any proven winner to replace what we got would do though! We are not that picky even if we are a little suicidal in our present depressed state.
Go! Cats! Go! Oskiweewee!
The Lamentable Loser
P.S. For the record, our only fifteen keeper players who can actually start for other Canadian football teams are:
Corey Holmes #3
Tay Cody #4
Timmy Chang #7
Nautyn McKay #9
Jason Maas #11
Richard Karikari #12
Nick Setta #13
Zeke Moreno #16
Dwight Anderson #20
Jesse Lumsden #28
Lawrence Gordon #29
Jojuan Armour #32
Julian Radlein #33
Jonta Woodward #69
Brock Ralph #80
Who else is there???
Brutal! Brutal! Brutal! There, I feel much better!
Goodnight, Bob. Sleep well.