Alright guys, it might be a bit too soon given that we don't have an OC/DC yet, but given our new head coach and the team as it stands, how deep do you think we are going to go next season. Feel free to change your vote as updates on the team continue.
I personally believe at this point voting for the top three is setting yourself up for heartbreak. Your thoughts?
They have a home. It's called Alumni Stadium. Did the Chicago Bears play all their games "away from home" in 2002 when they played in Champaign, Illinois while Soldier Field was being rebuilt? Did the Lions play all their games "away from home" in 2010 when they played at Empire Field while BC Place was being renovated? Just because the home isn't the same home as it has always been doesn't mean the team is playing every game "away from home." The Ti-Cats have a home in 2013 and it is Guelph.
As for the question asked: I expect the team to compete week in and week out. I hope for good results, but I don't expect anything in regards to wins and losses.
The key phrase in your post is "the team as it stands", which means no changes. Without huge improvements on defense particularly, we are in the same boat. I don't think Austin is going to sit on his hands but will certainly address the problems of past seasons and, together with a new GM, will fix them. That being said, I certainly don't expect to go to the show next year, but expect to finish better than 6 & 12.
Not semantics and there is no uncertainty. The team can play all 10 homes games in Guelph. If they choose to play outside Guelph, so be it. But they have a home. I don't understand how anyone can say that they are playing all their games away from home. It's not in Hamilton and it's not Ivor Wynne Stadium, but it is still a home. The crowd will still be made up mostly of Tiger-Cat fans, so what about next year makes every game played away from home?
And like I posted earlier, this isn't unprecedented. The BC Lions just did this two years ago. The Chicago Bears did it a little over a decade ago. The Green Bay Packers have done it in the past. The Ti-Cats aren't the only team in the history of football to play their home games in a different stadium or city for one year.