Friday night I attended the Tiger-Cats--Lions game. I hadn't been to a game at Ivor Wynne in ages. I confess I really do not know the city well or its people. But Friday night was a blast for me. You all made it so enjoyable.
The truth of the matter is that I had lived in Toronto for about 25 years. I got married in 2000 and moved to the Newmarket area. I had been to a number of games at Rogers Centre/SkyDome. I enjoy the CFL and support it. But the truth is I never really felt excited about the Argos. I did try to make it my team but I always felt so detached. I didn't feel part of it. Something was missing. It was like the whole football experience down at the Dome was impersonal. That might be an odd way of putting it. But I guess in the long run I just didn't really feel connected to the Double Blue and that had been disappointing.
I guess I always felt an admiration for the Tiger-Cats and especially their fans. It was almost like envy--I noticed that their fans really got into it. They seemed to have that kind of connection I was missing with the Argos. So I decided to turn my attention on the Tiger-Cats and what better way to kick off getting to know them than by going to Ivor Wynne for a game.
What can I say? I found the people friendly, willing to help me (from getting lost!) and generally very approachable. I didn't sense any attitude that said, "I like me--who do you like?" I felt so comfortable Friday evening. I grew up in a small town of 1500 people. What I found at the stadium was not only a fun, exciting football team but fans that were fun to be around. I didn't feel like a stranger. I felt at home and I loved that feeling. It makes me want to come back!
I guarantee you that I will return and soon. Thanks Hamilton for a great night. I have finally found a football team that I feel connected to and that includes the other fans.
GO CATS GO! You've got me! :thup: :rockin: