I have been an observer for many years and have suffered along with the rest of you with so many poor seasons lately.
And I've been meaning to sign up and post my thoughts. I just can't believe the amount of fans who simply come on here to bash the players, especially Casey Printers and Jesse Lumsden.
One post a few weeks back suggested that TiCats fans have always been this way - always cheering for the backup quarterback to be inserted. Mike Kerrigan, Danny McManus, etc come to mind.
Folks, whether you believe it or not we are a better team this season. AND we finally have the pieces to begin building a very successful team.
Down the middle, there are not many teams (if any) who can match us - PRINTERS AT QB, LUMSDEN AT RB, MORENO AT MIDDLE LINEBACKER AND SETTA AT KICKER. Essentially the 4 most important positions on a CFL team. I would like your feedback but I don't see any team that can match that. The only one that comes to mind is Calgary with Burris, Reynolds, DeAngelis, etc. But I'll take our group over there's. They just have a much better team built around them.
Unfortunateley our biggest problem is we don't have the rest of the building blocks to compliment these four players.
I hate to call out a fellow TiCats' fan, but the poster (I believe Makaveli) is very outspoken with his views of Printers and Lumsden. Please review his recent posts.
First, he posts over and over that Printers should not be starting. That Richie Williams should be the starting QB. Yes, Williams has been admirable, but let's be honest, he just is not ready to be a starting QB in this league. I sometimes wonder if people are watching the same game as I am. Please be honest - Have you EVER seen Williams look for a 2nd read??? No, he takes off with the ball. Two games ago, he had 14 rushes. That is just not acceptable - but is the sign of a green CFL QB. For this season and probably next, his role should be to come off the bench. His style is conducive to this - he can make great plays (just not consistently). When we need a spark - I can't see a better backup QB than Williams.
But to end this thought. Please remember Casey Printers probably should STILL be in the NFL. Politics played a very big role in him leaving the Chiefs. Also, remember what he did with a very talented B.C. Lions team - he was the MVP of this league. As we build around Casey, mark my words, we will also have a league MVP. So, lets stop the Hamilton tradition of running quarterbacks out of our city, only to have them come back to haunt us - can you say Anthony Calvillo??
Sorry for the long post but I'd be remiss if I didn't also comment on those of you who actually have the audacity to suggest starting Terry Caulley. The same poster, Makaveli, even suggested that Caulley would be the starter if not for the ratio. OH MY GOD - PLEASE GIVE YOUR HEAD A SHAKE!!!
Are we now also going to run the BEST runningback in the CFL out of Hamilton. When I just went back and read his post about Jesse, I had to read it twice. There is not a more talented RB in this league - bar none. Caulley is good, very good - but he is not, and will never be a Lumsden. He has many great attributes similiar to Jesse, but also has many things he can't even compare to - he will never run over a linebacker like Jesse can.
In closing, I honestly don't think any of us would be here talking about this if Printers and Lumsden hadn't been injured so often over the last season and a half.
Please, let's build around these two players and you will see that much sooner than later we'll be hoisting that GREY CUP again. Plus, Bob O'Billovich ALWAYS builds a winning team - he has been handed two of the best in these players - watch what he does!!!