I have not spent much time on this Forum lately . . . Christmas, New Years, College Bowl games, NFL playoff races, etc.
I came to the site to see the reaction to the change in the Ownership structure, and instead I became distracted by this bickering between 2 opposed groups ( & this goes beyond just ExPat, Displaced Cats Fan & Crash) in another thread. And it seems to me that we are witnessing philosophical differences between 2 groups, commenting on the exact same situation, namely the recent performance & future prospects of the current Hamilton Tiger-Cats' regime.
These opinions are no doubt influenced by 2 consecutive losses in the Grey Cup game, as well as being on the wrong side of the ledger in 4 of the last 8 GC games (there is no need to regurgitate the results for this group). But when evaluating these last 8 seasons, one group tends to see the "glass half full", and the other group invariably sees the "glass half empty". In my opinion, it is quite natural that there are two different viewpoints on this topic - not all people are wired the same way.
If we focus on the "drought" since 1972, I think we can all agree that the teams coached by Al Bruno (1984 - 1989) & Ron Lancaster (1998 - 2002; 2003 has been wiped clean from my memory) produced some very competitive teams (actually Al Bruno's teams tended to wait until after Labour Day to play good football). Those teams account for the last 2 Grey Cup victories, but produced several other competitive teams as well.
I think that we can also all agree that the periods both immediately before & after the Al Bruno / Ron Lancaster periods produced some very bad football at Ivor Wynne Stadium; very dark daze for Ti-Cat fans.
But the last 8 seasons are certainly open for healthy debate between the "glass half full" versus "glass half empty" crowds.
For my part, I will point out that the unique thing about football is that when it matters most, it becomes a single elimination tourney. Past records & past performances are irrelevant . . . this is what makes football playoffs so much fun. But it also produces those painful "agony of defeat" moments as we just experienced 3 weeks ago . . . and the 1981 Tiger-Cats, coached by the dictatorial Frank Kush, produced another perfect example of that concept. The 1981 'Cats were expected to match the dynasty, Warren Moon-led Edmonton Eskimos punch for punch in the 1981 GC game. But George Brancato & the 5 - 11 Ottawa Rough Riders had other ideas. If my memory serves me well, the Tiger-Cats were leading the Rough Riders by 3 points late in the 4thQ, and our defence had Ottawa pinned deep in their own end, when Julius Caesar Watts hit Jeff Avery with a pass down the south sideline, Zac Henderson one of our better tacklers missed, & Avery's TD ended the 1981 season for the 'Cats. And of course, that Ottawa team lead by JC Watts almost pulled off the biggest upset in Grey Cup history, the very next weekend. Shit happens . . . !! And of course, the CFL absolutely loves those sorts of games . . . those sorts of results. Those games like the 1989 Grey Cup game, which Hamilton also lost (for a variety of reasons that we will not get into now), are super exciting for all fans.
At the end of the day, I say both sides are entitled to their opinions of how this current regime has performed in the last 8 years (since Kent Austin's arrival).
Please keep in mind that there is no "right answer" because both sides are only expressing an opinion . . . and the truth is we are all cheering for the same team !!
So carry on . . . and Happy New Year btw . . .