Stampeders State of the Union

Thank goodness no one called me on ‘equal air time’ rules…can’t critique no one unless you’ve taken a good look in the mirror…

“President and CEO Ted Hellard opened the call with the desire of the new ownership to bring the reputation and success that the Stamps had in the 90s to the present.”

Thank God…after three years of F troop finally some decent leadership…can you believe one of Feteriks last quotes here was “running a football club is sure a lot different than running a cardboard business” omigod, how do these guys get rich anyway…

“As a result (of off season improvements both on and off the field), season ticket sales are up, corporate sponsorship is up and there is positive momentum going into the 2005 season.”

Very much so, just like BC and Saskatchewan season tics are ahead of predictions so are Calgary’s…CFL is getting healthy again…

“Head Coach Tom Higgins summed it up in one word – EXCITING!”

Probably not if you happen to live north of Airdrie, East of Strathmore, South of Okotoks or West of Springbank…

“He highlighted how painful it was to let quality players like Marcus Crandell, Khari Jones, Albert Connell and Wane McGarity”

oooooh, ouch…c’mon, I mean Higgins is genuinely a nice guy, but painfull? Good Riddance I’d say… 'cept for maybe Jones, he wasn’t here long enough to gather feelings for…

“He (Hellard) repeated several times the importance of having a salary management system in place that will benefit the League, its players and the teams.”

hehehe…nice words after we’ve spent a pile-o-loot…

“Despite their strength on defence, Calgary has realized some challenges with special teams and kicking and hope to have a few competitors for kicking positions at their 2005 training camp.”

This is no doubt a potential chink in the armour… when names like Martino and McLoughlin get dredged up you know there’s trouble in the kickin department…Also, bringing in an import return specialist (Martay something, can’t remember right now) who hasn’t played in over a year could be quite a gamble…

Optimism? Hell yes. Pull ourselves outta the basement? Maybe to Probably Make the Grey Cup? aaaaah, geez,…no…But then again, ask me a year ago if I thought the Flames would come within one goal in a game seven for the Stanley Cup…

You guys deserved better than “F-Troop” Now if we could find better owners for Ottawa…

Yes, I agree about Ottawa. But the fans have to keep filling the stadium so they will get good ownership. I think with the Stamps the new owners were there but with fans showing up for the circus they decided it was time to bring respect back to this franchise. The same could happen in Ottawa but the fans have to show prospective buyers the fan base is there and they will support the team. We Stampeder fans even with no offense to speak of enjoyed being there and that is the way to go. Support your team win or lose.

no kiddin… although it sure is alot easier to cheer for your team when you’re winning… i was an Esks fan in the mid 90s and from what I remember they weren’t that bad, but since then I have moved to BC and am all out Lios… man was it hard to even acknowledge those guys when Damon Allen was heading the offence…

but the good ol’ days are back for cheering for a good team and I sure hope that Calgary gets back into the race for first… I miss losing to a good team instead of an offenceless team

Good for you Blazer you are a true CFL fan and you have taken that to BC where for years they stayed away. Wally is the best thing for the Lions and the league. For me I am not a Wally ball fan. I do not want to go into specifics but he was very successful because he had good assistant coaches. Like any coach in this league you can make decisions you will regret but too many times I had seen him make a mistake that cost the Stamps losses. But again this can happen to any coach but for me his way of covering this fact made me a non bleiever of Wally Ball.