Growing up, I went to one game yearly, usually Labour Day. My aunt is a longtime (like, 25 years-ish?) STH and she used to get us tickets. I went to more games this year then I have in previous years, thanks to winning free tickets on Twitter a few times. Since I'm fresh out of college, I'm pretty broke, so free tickets are really great for me.
Once both my fiance and I are employed (he's still in college for another year), I think we might get season tickets. So, if everything goes according to plan, we won't get them this year, but for 2017.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have been a part of my family for generations, being a Cats fan is in my blood. I passed that on to my fiance who, before dating me 6 years ago, had never watched a CFL game in his life. He now loves the Ticats and he's probably one of the more passionate fans I know. He bought our (house)cat a Ticat jersey this year. Our cat is a Cat fan. One day, our children will be Ticat fans.
1999, when the Ticats last won the Grey Cup, I was 6. 2003, when the Ticats had that terrible 1-17 year, I was 10. I don't remember much of anything from before I was 7, but I remember everything after 10 pretty clearly - everything in between is fuzzy. What I'm trying to say is that before these last few years, I never remember the Ticats being a good team - I grew up during the dark ages. In my short history of life, I have rooted for the Ticats (and boo'd the Argos!) because that's what I was taught to do. I loved going to the game and cheering, even though we usually lost.
So to me, these last few years... I've been so proud. Finally, the constantly losing team I cheered for as a kid, has become one of the strongest teams in the league. I want to support them and show them that this little girl has grown up watching this organization grow up strong alongside her. It's been a journey, but that's what makes everything so special. If they had been the best team all these years, this wouldn't mean so much to me.
2017, I will be getting season tickets, and by then, maybe I'll be bringing my own little girl with me... or my cat, in her carrier, with her jersey on. :lol:
End of that sentimental story. I'm just trying to get across how much this team means to me and how proud I've been of them these past few years.