At some point you have to wonder if Hamilton Tiger-Cats owner Bob Young and team president Scott Mitchell have any clue how to run a franchise.
What they've collectively done to the team since Young became owner after the 2003 season and subsequently hired Mitchell in 2007 has turned the Ticats into the laughingstock of the Canadian Football League.
For a guy who describes himself as the Caretaker of the Ticats, Young has sure made a mess.
Young has plundered the Ticats into a pit of doom but approaches every season as if it will be the road to the Grey Cup. It's like the definition of insanity -- doing the same thing again and again and hoping for a different result. But nothing changes -- only the presidents, general managers, head coaches, co-ordinators and marquee players. Meanwhile, the losses continue.
Including the 2012 season, the team has finished last overall four times in the Young era. Overall, the regular-season record is 56-105-1. He makes the Gliebermans look like good owners by comparison.
With Mitchell as president, the Ticats have a regular-season record of 38-70.
The highpoint for both Young and his longest-serving president happened in 2011 when the team came within one victory of advancing to the Cup. And then the dynamic duo promptly blew up the football organization, hoping to go further. Instead, the Ticats tumbled all the way down to the ground.
A year ago, Mitchell was crowing to anyone within ear shot about the hiring of Cortez, who had spent two years as the quarterbacks coach of the Buffalo Bills. Mitchell saw it as a coup. He was wrong. Again.
Many of Young's mistakes, both in the football and business operations, can be directly attributed to Mitchell, whose truculent personality makes Brian Burke look passive in comparison. He has become toxic in the Hamilton community with his combative style, creating waves with politicians, business leaders and some of the local media. During his reign of shame, the Ticats have finished last overall in the league three times.
That's the type of losing performance over a sustained period of time that leads to a dismissal. Instead, the list of people who have been sacked below Mitchell is quite lengthy while he has immunity against prosecution.
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