What makes me laugh is that he called those cuts close to 2 years ago and he's patting himself on the back. The turnover on a team with a record like ours over the past few years HAS to be huge. You could have probably posted a team picture on a wall and thrown 7 darts and hit 7 guys that are no longer here.
Let me analyze this a little further...
Marcus Brady-People on here called for him to be cut ages ago. Not starter material by a long shot.
Hugh Smith-Too small
Taplin was hurt
Kojo Aidoo-mostly special teams and back up role
Gilliam-good special teams player, couldn't catch to save his life.
Yeast-lots of talent, attitude was crap
Troy Davis- that one is still a sore spot for me
It really didn't take a rocket scientist to know these guys would be on their way out. If I thought about it, I probably could have picked a list of guys who were going to be gone THAT year. Not 2 years later.
Ah, you have to slap yourself on the back from time to time and better yet, why not do it publicly. If I was in Peters' shoes, maybe I'd do the same. Hmmmm, Peters and D'Angelo as a team one day, I can just see it now.
I fell compelled to offer a contrarian view - only because the criticism of KP seems too harsh in this instance.
The players he publicly identified were not just the also-rans. They included a guy many still pegged as our QB of the future, one of our top two receivers by yardage, a Hec Creighton winner, and the top RB in team history who had led the league the year prior. Granted, it's almost 2 years later now, but 6 of the 7 were gone within approx. 12 months of the article.
Maybe Ken gets tired of hearing that every word he writes is complete garbage, and can't resist pointing out that some of what he says has some merit. The incident he got slammed for last year during mid-season - saying that some players weren't even trying - was basically confirmed by team mgmt by the end of the season.
(I can say all this, because I've established my "cred" as being willing to bash Ken when he deserves it.)
As somebody who worked at the Spec as recently as 35 years ago, I feel that I have a take on this situation.
Ken writes what the Editor wants him to write. If a reporter doesn't - even a columnist - then he/she doesn't keep writing much longer.... or gets transferred to writing about the latest telephone pole hit by a car.
Obviously the Spec thinks that this is what the community wants - or at least what sells. I can't blame Peters because, in a sense, he's an entertainer and the hall keeps booking his act.
It's sad, but it's true. ML seems to be the only media outlet that is supportive of the 'Cats while still maintaining some objectivity. The Spec and CH are losses.
Of the 72 players on the current Ticat roster, only 15 of them (4 imports and 11 non-imports) were on the team when Ken Peters wrote his opinion piece on August 25, 2005. The Ticats also have an entirely new coaching staff. With the CFL Canadian College Draft coming up a week from tomorrow and Ticat training camp a mere four to five weeks away, Mr. Peters should start writing about this year's team rather than revisiting his old articles.
I'm not particularly a Ken Peters fan. I read him because he's the only game in town, but honestly, folks, every time he offers even the slightest tidbit, you're all over him like a rat pack.
Give the man some breathing room and try to be a little more tolerant when he writes something you take issue with.
Mark's entry was interesting in this thread, making reference to the fact that Ken is pretty well told what to write by his editor.
Leave the guy alone.
Sorry, Rocky, if I had the slightest incination to go through school for however long he did (and if I had actually applied myself during high school), I could write a better piece about my dinner than what he does with the 'Cats.
They are not Bengals. It is Ivor Wynne Stadium, not the "Lair", nor the Bunker.
But then again, he is writing from the Castle on the Hill (beside the 403), the same morons who decided to demand that I get a paper subscription to access the online version. I guess ignorance breeds stupidity.
[quote="Vuarra"]Sorry, Rocky, if I had the slightest incination to go through school for however long he did (and if I had actually applied myself during high school), I could write a better piece about my dinner than what he does with the 'Cats.
I can see from your amazing command of English and your phenomenal command of grammar, phrasing and punctuation that you may have missed your calling.