Going to that game Friday night and watching the wall of honour for Rob Hitchcock and him speaking to the crowd got me a bit teary eyed. He was talking about that 1999 team and how his dad would be so proud of him if he could see his name up in the stadium wall. My dad passed away in 2011 and I remember watching that grey cup game with my dad with all those players that came out to the field.
We actually buried my dad with the McManus jersey in a open casket in 2011. To stand there in the stands and listen to him speak and watch his name get honoured on a stadium my dad never got to see get built brought some emotion in my eyes.
I honestly feel we have the makings of a grey cup team like we did in 1999. It feels different then the 2013 Henry Burris grey cup game or the 2014 Zach Collaros grey cup game with Kent Austin. This one will mean so much more for so many reasons.
It’s the 20th anniversary of the 1999 team and Orlondo who played on that team is our head coach. How fitting is winning it this year with him as our coach. Orlondo has to be the number one candidate for coach of the year also for bringing this team to the best record ever in franchise history. Orlondo Steinauer is different then June Jones or Kent Austin. He shakes his players hands and pats them on the shoulder when they come off the field. He gets so involved with his players and they love playing for him. We are playing with passion and heart in all facets of the game ( offence, defence and special teams) It’s a total team effort the last few games and when we played out west. For the most part, Dane Evans impressed us all (more than we thought he would)
Bob Young has owned this team for 15 years (since 2004) and has put a lot of money into this franchise and had it been not for him we probably would have folded. 15 years of heartaches, not having a stadium to play in and having to go to Guelph. We have seen 3-15 and 1-17 records. We have gone through all the emotions the last 20 years. We need to win it for Bob Young and every single one of us who have gone through all the emotions of the ups and downs of this team. We have all vented on here at each other and been so frustrated because of the passion we all have for this team. We want them to succeed.
Sitting up in section 215 the other night and seeing how cold it got up there in 4th quarter it was worth watching and supporting this team and I will be doing it in the playoffs too. (Hopefully the eastern Final). I’m going to freeze my ass off like everyone else and screaming at the top of my lungs when our defence gets on the field.
All those heartaches are paying off now and we need to finish this and I honestly feel we will.
GO CATS GO!! LETS BRING IT HOME AND RIDE THE WAVE. LETS WIN THE NEXT FIVE GAMES. THREE REGULAR SEASON, EASTERN FINAL AND THEN THE GREY CUP.