I'm OK with that. For the good of the league, of course.
But man ... if someone had said back in 2010 that this was the start of a different team winning the Cup for each of the next 7 years ... how many of us would have guessed that Ottawa's turn would arrive before ours? They didn't even exist yet!
Thing is, the RB's got a lot of help from the league when they started and this accelerated the process for them. It's ridiculous when other teams have had to struggle. Ottawa should have had to work within the current structure like everyone else. They also had a weak division to spring from.
It's about business. The league wanted Ottawa to do well out of the gate because they wanted to avoid a 3rd franchise flop in Ottawa.
A few years back, Bob Young revealed that there had been talk at one point of doing a dispersal draft of the other teams to help restock the Ticats to lift them out of the gutter, a move which he opposed.
I'm not sure I would characterize it that way. No one was complaining when the rEDbLACKS stunk in 2014, and all the help they got from the league was already on the roster at that point.
Their big breakthrough came in 2015 when they added key players through free agency. Either they picked better players than the other teams, or told a more compelling story to convince those guys to come to a team which at that point had done nothing but lose. (Or my pet theory - they exceeded the salary cap.)
In addition, they took a chance on Burris when everyone else had given up on him. They knew Hank was only a short-term solution but they were OK with that, and it paid off for them. Then they convinced Harris to sign as a backup, even though his main priority seemed to escape the backup role in Toronto. That wasn't a slam dunk either. (As for how they could afford both Harris and Burris last year - see my pet theory above.)
Lastly, they were damn lucky to squeak past a decimated Ticat squad in 2015. But you have to give them full credit for last year's playoff run and GC win.
Only Winnipeg has had a longer drought in recent Grey Cup victories than the Tiger-Cats and when you consider upto 2014 before Ottawa returned to the league we had only eight teams competing for the yearly cup that the Ti-Cats have not won since 1999?
No doubt the loyal Ti-Cat fans deserve a winner in Hamilton, now we just need the players and coaches to win games and the football gods to keep this team healthy because an unhealthy Tiger-Cat team can sink quickly as we've seen before.
The last time we won the Grey Cup in 1999 Danny Mac and Darren Flutie were playing together and we had a dominant team in the CFL, we have to get back to that dominant style of football again, win many, score often and fight our way to the cup!!
The playoffs and Grey Cup for a CFL team are really just a 3, or even 2, game lose-and-you're-out tournament. The best team of the year doesn't always win, but the team with the best record over those 3 weeks always does. When the Cats last won the Cup, they were the 3rd best team, overall, during the season. In the 17 championship games since, the best team, of the season overall (or tied for best), has won 8 times, the second best (or tied for 2nd best) has won 4 times, the 3rd and 4th overall ranked best teams have won once each, and 5th placed overall teams, like Ottawa last year, have come on strong at the right time to win the Cup on 3 occasions. The 1970 Grey Cup Champion Alouettes, I recall, were 6th overall during that season. I don't like the "Get into the playoffs and anything can happen mentality," that our coaches and players have adopted, in recent seasons, but it is true. Anything can happen. It did last season. The RedBlacks won their 2-game tournament, against better teams, and deserved those big Rings.