This is a whole chicken-egg argument .. Which came first - the terrible fan support? or the half assed owners? What exactly made the ownership in Ottawa so terrible last time around? I mean - its a real popular excuse by the Ottawa fans - but i mean, specifically - what made the ownership so terrible that the people of Ottawa couldn't bring themselves to supporting their 'beloved' football team?
the losing record? Last time I checked they were putting up a competitive team with some named players (K. Joseph, Armstead, Ranek, Banks) .. ? In fact .. they were challenging for first place in the east when only 20,000 fans showed up (and i heard that # was grossly exagurated, which is a regular Glieberman signature of low attendance).
ticket prices? must have been season tickets prices ... they were .. what? $99 bucks? cheapest in the league (BY FAR) !!! ? Hmm - yet only 4500 some-odd season tickets sold (lowest in the league - BY FAR). How about that September contest with the Bombers .. "KIDS get in FREE" .. again - 17,000 fans. (FRIDAY Sept 16/05). Second lowest season ticket prices in 2005 were the stamps at $130 - yet they sold 19,000+ .. and thats coming off TERRIBLE TERRIBLE OWNERSHIP that forced the stamps into starting his half-retarded son quarterback ...
Ahh - it must have been the lack of promotion! promotion nights that were CANADA-WIDE stories? Mardi-Gras parties? vacation give-aways? there were more promotion in Ottawa than I ever remember there being at all ... fund raisers for New Orleans? what a terrible idea. vs. BC (SEP 8/05) .. 19,000.
The Glieb's wanted to expand entertainment to tailgate parties before the game ... the city blocked that from happening ... why?
so despite a winning record, star players, the cheapest season tickets in the league, and massive promotion nights going to a good cause ... the reason for not showing up was 'bad ownership' ... THEN the "fans" blame the league for not putting up competent owners - when the city couldn't do it themselves?
Fri Jul 1 Montreal 36 Ottawa 39 (18,899)
Sat Jul 16 Calgary 18 Ottawa 33 (16,303)
Thu Jul 21 Edmonton 29 Ottawa 21 (17,607)
Thu Aug 11 Saskatchewan 17 Ottawa 22 (20,607)
Thu Sep 8 BC 61 Ottawa 27 (19,013)
Fri Sep 16 Winnipeg 37 Ottawa 21 (17,567)
Fri Oct 7 Hamilton 21 Ottawa 43 (19,069)
Sat Oct 29 Montreal 43 Ottawa 23 (20,833)
Sat Nov 5 Toronto 17 Ottawa 27 (16,504)
YUP. Definately an ownership problem. Look at those numbers and tell me its an ownership problem? You were 2-0 at home with brand new owners, promotions and the cheapest tickets in the league, and 17,000 people show up .. the year after hosting the Grey Cup?! You are telling me the other 800,000 clods in Ottawa all said they weren't coming because the ownership was bad in the past? No wonder no one wants to own a team there!
You BLAME the league .. then ask for a team ..
interesting - Good luck getting another team.
The CFL doesn't hate Ottawa. Ottawa hates the CFL.
But rest assured ... I HATE OTTAWA.