I miss Marshall.
I think with the return and long contract signing of Lumsden, it's time to bring his old coach back. I think it is very clear that coaching isn't the problem with this team. You just fired the best coaching lineup in the CFL over the past few months, and I miss them all.
I know in times like these things need to be done to try and turn things around, and I know the fans are looking to the Spec and Ticats.com for news on changes each and every time we get blown out (I would be lying if I didn't admit I do the same), but if we are going to give guys like Mass and others the benefit of the doubt the rest of the season, we should give Marshall another chance. He is a fan favorite, and someone this team(this league for that matter), needs at a time like this.
Faces we have known in this community for sometime. People who understand our history as Hamiltontians first off, and our passion for these cats. I miss the days when Jarrett Smith and Mike Morealle and Rob Hitchcock and countless other Hamiltonians were all out there. Guys this city have known for a long time, and some we might have played against or with in our high school days.
Ask someone what they liked about 'Mistery Alaska' and I bet it's the fact that it was all local boys people in the town knew and could relate to. Don't get me wrong, I love our import talent too. Past and present, but more local boys is something this league is missing.
I know what I am talking about here would take some effort and collaboration from all teams, but we have some great talent in this city and in this country. I would love to see more of them playing in the CFL, and for our elite players like Lumsden, to really want to play and stay up here in Canada. I think Lumsden needed to give the NFL a shot, but I hope as this league developes more, kids growing up in this country not only want to watch the CFL over the NFL, but those who want to play professional, chose our league first. Because it's great, because it's fun, because they are Candadian, and because it's hometown football.
Phew. There's my beef. All and all though, I still and always will love the Cats. These are just some things I miss about them (this league).
Oh .... and when are we getting an East coast team. Two actually. What a rivallry and what a way to give this league a boost. We need more games to watch, and more great rivalries. How about another BC team too? If Alberta can do it, why not BC? Rivalries!