What a bunch of melodrmatic crap.
Hamilton's probably seen it's last induction ceremony and city council, can take a good amount of the credit for it. despite being less than a block away The mayor (if thats who were taking about) never attended either the induction ceremony or the dinner.
Interest in the Hall and the ceremony is way beyond blase, no one here even cares if it stays or goes and for the second time it's going.
For the first time somebody's actually paying to have it in their city, and like the man said it will bring in some much needed cash....maybe to finish paying off the reno loan that started out interest free but then defaulted so the city tacked on interest. The loan defaulted because the provincial Govt. wanted their taxes too.
Everyone here supports the Hall by attending right? I mean just how ignorant would it be for fans that don't drop so much as a dime to help support a Hamilton and CFL landmark, to gripe about it's director giving a little brutal honesty about the support the Hall recieves in Hamilton.
Tact and decorum isn't going to get us a better HOF and Hamilton doesn't even sell the event out let alone pay for the Ceremonies to be held here, we treat it as something that's owed us becuase the Hall's here, and city hall sends it mandatory rep. as long as the ticket doesn't have to be paid for.
During Warren Moons acceptance speech at the dinner, the City rep (I don't think I'll name him) left his cell on and was fielding phone calls wothout even the courtesy to leave the room. That's pretty respectful right? To sit there yukking it up and chatting away while Warren Moon is on a podium.
Absolutely an indication of just how much the city respects the hall and it's functions.
The HOF committee works like hell to put on the dinner and induction but it still struggles to sell -out, yet Winnipeg will only find out today who the inductees are but like Denobile said, the events are almost already filled.
When Scott Mitchell became the Ticats Pres. he was described as aggresive, hostile, argumentive and outspoken, there's also been at least two threads suggesting he be fired but for the first time in a long time there's optimism within the fan base. Not blind faith and "gee-I-hope-this-guy-can-help-us" attitude but real optimism from people that know what a solid club looks like and have played the game.
Apparently 'outspoken' and 'aggresive' has it's place when your back's against the wall and right now the CFHOF's back is against the wall. Money, support, sponsors...all the things that the Hall needs to survive and all the things that can be had elswhere....but less or none in Hamilton.
Macaluso is right, you dont move it for two grand, you move it for the sell-out, the sponsors, the opportunity to turn it into a 'bid-on' event to showcase it and bring it to other fans in the CFL etc....
things that never happened while he was on the board.
The Hall is in debt and struggling to pay off a loan to the City of Hamilton, Gabe was on the committee that put it in that position, excuse me if I don't give a rats ass what you have to say, besides you quit, go to the light, for you to tell anyone how to manage finances is beyond bizzare.
Paul Bennett claimed publically that his induction ceremony was held in a parking lot, shouldn't we be putting on an extra pot of tar? It's true, he was but he shouldn't have let people know.
Zontar's right, there's a price to pay for speaking ones mind and if a mans speaks up knowing there's going to be a s***storm following, to me that only means he feels more passionately than most.
Mark Denobile started the Wall of Honor in Hamilton on his own and at a time when management didn't have (or claimed not to have) a nickel to spare, it's now as big as the HOF dinner.
If we want the HOF to be financially successful and something that fans look forward to seeing and being a part of someone might have to speak the truth, and the truth is the City, from the mayor down could care less if the hall and the induction leave Hamilton permanently.
"so what kind of help do you get from the city in Hamilton"
"are you kidding? I can't even get the mayor to walk across the street for a dinner"
Zontar's also right in that it's not about Gabe, it is about Denobiles comments, but I for one am damn glad he said it. He'll pay for it but our City will also get a chance to see that other cities want the HOF and will support it in ways Hamilton never has.