San Antonio Texans! Wish they would have put a CFL team in Michigan at the Silverdome back in the US expansion days. Practically across the river from Windsor. Being from the Metro Detroit area I am partial to the Ontario teams Argos and Ticats. Began watching the CFL back when it was on the CBC channel 9 Windsor. Now catch the CFL ON the ESPN channels. Love all the teams. Great to see the different rivalries in the league though.
That’s not exactly how it happened. The Argos ownership at the time Cynamon & Sokolowski bailed out of the York University proposed stadium.
The reason for a new stadium in the first place was because Canada was awarded the U-20 World Cup with the stipulation a FIFA certified stadium was built for the event. The Argos then teamed up with the Canadian Soccer Association for the stadium.
The first proposed stadium location was Exhibition Place. In that original proposal the Food Building was going to be torn down and that’s why it was rejected.
The second proposed stadium location was the redevelopment of Varsity Stadium. Ultimately, there was some issues that arose from people in the neighbourhood possibly complaining and management having second thoughts. They ended up going with what you see at Varsity Stadium today instead.
The third proposed stadium location was at York University. Apparently Sokolowski was looking at developing some land on the York University grounds along with the stadium deal but he was unable to get the land deal. We found out later on that C&S were also being bankrolled in part by Braley during their ownership of the Argos. At that point Rogers offered C&S the no rent at Rogers Centre deal in exchange for everything else, parking, concessions, and merchandise sales. C&S bailed and the CSA still had to build a stadium for the U-20 WC.
This is were MLSE stepped in. They made the proposal to get a MLS team to give the stadium a purpose after the U-20 WC but they wanted the stadium at Exhibition Place. That’s when the footprint was shrunk down to soccer specific to avoid tearing down the Food Building and the rest is history. So, in a way we have C&S to thank for TFC’s arrival.
Ultimately, poor ownership over a long time is probably the main reason for the Argos decline over the years. Again, hopefully MLSE can turn it around.
My recommendation for supporting the Argos still stands though. Go Argos, Go, Go, Go!
If you need a team to cheer for, then let me make the case for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
You're already familiar with June Jones, our most recent sack leader Ja'Gared Davis is a former SMU Mustang and Texan.
Our colours of black and gold rock as does our fierce looking mascot.
You can join us on our pursuit of the Grey Cup, as we have now entered a 20 year drought making ultimate victory even sweeter.
We don't get championships handed to us by the league every few years like some team down the road because they represent the media centre of the country. See 1991, 1997, 1998, 2012.
PM me also and I'll set you up with some swag.
Plus, if you ever come up here for a game I'll personally guarantee you an awesome seat to a game. You can enjoy 3 hours on non-stop comedy and entertainment....and a lot of whisky...just ask anyone who gets the honour of sitting near the mouthpiece in Sec 114 Row 3.
Come on up and cheer for the human highlight reel better known as Brandon Banks and soak up the history of Angelo Mosca, Joe Montford, Ben Zambiasi, etc.
OskeeweeneeVI has it right. There is basically one team in the CFL, the Tiger-Cats, and eight pretenders. The Cats have the best uniforms, the best team cheer, the best and most active fans, and the best owner. Welcome aboard😀
Montreal Alouettes are a good choice ... an underdog building from the verge of bankruptcy with a second-year HC who was thrust into the job days before the 2019 regular season began and still took the team to a 10-8 record with an up-til-then journeyman quarterback.