just wondering

could the 31 yr drought between grey cups way back when, have cost the argos many future fans and contributed even today to the argoes attendance and popularity woes???

I doubt it. The Argos had some pretty good numbers especially during their long GC drought..
And many fans are too young to remember that period regardless.
What I found especially odd was that during the Flutie period of 1996-1997 (two straight Grey Cups) the team averaged 16,000+ and 20,000+ respectively. Weird.

1970 33,135 1980 37,982 1990 32,029 2000 17,381 2010 22,069
1971 33,135 1981 33,219 1991 36,353 2001 15,785
1972 33,054 1982 38,426 1992 32,053 2002 20,539
1973 33,135 1983 37,107 1993 25,334 2003 15,083
1974 33,248 1984 32,754 1994 16,841 2004 25,813
1975 37,881 1985 29,057 1995 16,659 2005 30,196
1976 47,356 1986 26,171 1996 20,466 2006 29,677
1977 46,881 1987 27,395 1997 18,226 2007 30,931
1978 46,432 1988 23,156 1998 18,910 2008 29,189
1979 40,045 1989 35,109 1999 22,045 2009 26,374

There's a running theory that the blackout years had a lot to do with it, because a generation grew up not being able to see the team play on TV and thus aren't interested now.

When I first saw the title and who created it, I thought "Oh, another weird random FYB thread."

Nope, this one is actually pretty good, carry on.... :thup:

The simple fact of the matter is that Toronto is not a good sports city. Why that is, I don't know but it is like Los Angeles, they have the largest polpulation in the Country but don't support their sports teams.

Interesting. There’s a theory that the Blue Jays winning the World Series took a lot of the wind out of the Argos’ sails (or took a lot of the wood out of the Argos’ oars, I guess, considering the team’s rowing club origins). The Jays won the World Series in 92 and 93. Before they won the first time, the Argos hardly averaged below 30,000, but the year after they won the second time is the first time since 1970, the earliest year you give data for, that the numbers went below 20,000. The 94 number is barely above half the 92 number, and it seems they’ve struggled to get even 25,000 people out to the games since then.

So maybe there’s something to the theory.