I'm going to do a rant of a different sort. Like everyone else, I'm really disappointed with this season's results. This season hurts more than 2003 simply because expectations were so much higher for this year. Anyway, my rant is more to do with the fans than the team. Please bear with me here as this could take a while to explain my point of view.
I listen to every 5th quarter show and I constantly here people say that they are not going to renew their season tickets. I understand everyone's frustration and I know that fans feel their only recourse is to stop coming to the games. However, I'm afraid that this course of action is going to start a downward spiral that we will NOT recover from. Prior to Bob Young, the number one topic in the media on the Tiger-Cats was attendance and whether or not the team would survive. Even if Hamilton played well, there was more talk about the fact that there were only 16,000 people there, than the game play itself. I was getting really tired of having people ask me if I thought the team would be around for another year. With Bob Young here, all of that talk has stopped. The Media is finally focusing on the game play, which is what they should focus on. If season ticket holders decide to not renew their tickets then I'm afraid we are going to be heading back towards the way things were prior to Bob Young. And I'm even more concerned when you consider the fact that there will not be much Bob can do to bring the fans back. Once people stop coming, there will be less money for bringing in free agents. Which results in a team with less talent and poorer play. The reason Bob was able to stop our downward spiral in 2003 was because he came in and breathed new life into the organization. He promised a new and better game day experience. He bought a fantasic new jumbo tron of our own. I ask you, what would he be able to do to stop a new downward spiral? With less money to work with, it will be almost impossible to put a better team on the field. It seems to me that some fans feel that the only way Bob and this team will improve is if they stop showing up to show Bob that this team is not good enough for us to come to the games. People, get your head out of the sand. Do you really think that the organization is enjoying the play of the team this season? Do you think they are trying to lose 11 out of 13 games? Of course not, they are doing their best to win and to make this team respectable. Yes, of course, it hasn't worked this year but taking away their financial resources is not going to help the situation. The team went out and spent a lot of money this off season in an attempt to make us one of the better teams in the league. Okay, maybe they didn't spend the money wisely, but hey, at least they were trying. It would be a whole other argument if the team was not bringing in the free agents that we needed, but they did. Staying away next year is one of the worst things us fans could do to this team. They are working hard at turning this thing around and they need our support now more than ever. The fickle fans are going to stop coming out to games now because of how poorly the team is playing, so if the die hard fans do the same then we'll be in real trouble. Ask yourself this, do you want to run Bob Young out of town? Do you think there is another potential owner out there that will do a better job? Well, think again, because there isn't. And if Bob Young leaves due to lack of support then that maybe it for our franchise. If you would rather have no football at all than poor football, then fine, stay at home and enjoy watching the No Fun League.
I for one, will continue to support this team, as difficult as it is right now, because I believe that they WILL turn things around and we have better days ahead. WHO'S WITH ME?