I think it’s home-grown phenom Tre Ford’s rise to CFL stardom that has Elks fans pumped. Nothing else has changed. The off-season should draw lots of interest in Alberta (Stamps fans are thinking ‘uh oh’). I can see a groundswell of support coming from formerly disgruntled season ticket holders already.
This week no one’s threatened to burn their renewal notices.
Part of it is you want to watch your home team compete. Regardless of results this season, had we played Ford from the beginning - they may still be playing.
We recognize though - this is a young team. As they gain experience - they are getting better.
Success with a rebuild isn’t automatic or instant. But there’s no reason to think the Elks won’t be better yet next season. They have drafted really well and the back end of the defence was better by far than last season.
Plug a few holes and they should be competitive next season.