I LOVE this THREAD ... this is the kind of thing HTown NEEDS more of ... POSITIVE VIBES !!
I ESPECIALLY am encouraged by the CONCEPT of "BUILDING a Contender" ... this is something that seems to get OVERLOOKED a lot by our FAN base ... this team is very YOUNG ... take a look at the other teams in the Leauge that are true Grey Cup contenders - they are LADEN with EXPERIENCED, Veteran Players who have played TOGETHER for a couple or more SEASONS.
It is EASY to focus on the losing RECORD, and the costly MISTAKES etc. ... but, there are, REALLY, many reasons to GET BEHIND this Team!
Think about it ... MANY of us BELIEVED we could WIN last night, IN Winnipeg ... MANY of us BELIEVE this team can BEAT the Argos on Labour Day.
Many of us BELIEVE, that with ALL pistons FIRING ... this team is CAPABLE of beating ANYBODY ...
It has been a while since there was ANY reason to believe in this team ...
Keep the FAITH !! Stay POSITIVE !! Great RESULTS can follow !!
P.S In response to "But why is "working hard at practice"not translating to the same effort on game days? What is the wrong?"
It really is a matter of EARNING YOUR STRIPES ! It is a matter of taking the NECESSARY STEPS toward becoming a SEASONED, POLISHED, PROFESSIONAL athlete.
It requires TIME to THOROUGHLY understand your Playbook to the point where a player can REACT without THINKING ... It takes time to learn how to PLAY with your team mates to the point you KNOW what they will do ... stc., etc.,
As much as it PAINS us not to get the RESULTS IMMEDIATELY ... our PATIENCE will be REWARDED.
Once all the YOUNG ones come into their OWN then the team can ADD those 1 or 2 KEY Veterans to the mix to make that Grey Cup push ... BUILDING is the KEY!