There are some fans that for one reason or another can't make it to as many games as they'd like to. The myriad of reasons could include illness, heavy work schedule, distance, financial strife, family obligations etc. We have to remember that it's still an entertainment product and it's up to people themselves to make the decision to go or not. That doesn't mean they don't love the team, appreciate it or aren't supporters. When factors allow it, many get to games as much as they can.
The key is for the Tiger-Cats to always have the Welcome sign out and make everyone feel great when they do get to a game. I've seen some fans only able to get to one or two games a year but spend the rest of the time promoting the team out in the community, wearing fan gear as much as they can around town ( ie: Ticats golf shirts, ball caps, jackets etc) and maybe giving their kids extra cash so they can get to a few games on their own. With the explosive growth of the internet, on-line social networking like Facebook etc, many people promote the Tiger-Cat brand on their own to their on-line mates and in un-related discussion groups.
So, to suggest that people are automatically "band-wagon" jumpers and are somehow not welcome into the Tiger-Cat family is very destructive and hurts the team in the bigger picture.
As far as I've seen since Mr. Young took over, the Ticats have always welcomed everyone no matter what their attendance patterns are. I don't know why some fans seem to belittle and or speak down to people if they don't live and breathe a football team 24/7 and 365 days a year. There are other things in life that require attention and a smart football/sports organization will realize that and work with it. The Ticats do realize that by what I see..........they've been great and never laid any guilt trips on the Hamilton population.
As far as the "die-hards' go, wouldn't it be better if you made the "occasional" fans feel welcome always and gently encourage them to try to make it out to a game instead of saying stuff like "we're better off without them because they cheer wrong"
Die-hards should try to help boost attendance, not drive fans away.
Am I off-base in my thinking ?