There's been a lot of negativity surrounding this team over the past 6-7 years. Sometimes when your team is in a slump, or going through hard times, it's important to remember why you're a fan in the first place. It puts it in perspective.
For me, it was going to the games as a kid. I grew up in the '80s, and was part of the 'lost generation' of Ticat fans (the 'cats were notoriously horrible at marketing for kids in the 80s). I remember:
- the caged tiger in the end zone.
-Harold Ballard having the people who watched from the top of Prince of Wales school arrested.
-Earl Winfield, Grover, Zambiasi, Ruoff, Brock, Kerrigan, Bennett, Shields, and many others
-the '86 GC and going through downtown after the game
and seeing the party
-the heartbreak after the '89 GC, but later realizing that the game is perhaps the greatest ever played and the TCs were a part of that
But mostly, I think it's because they're my team. I know that sticking with them will pay off in the long run, and success will taste even sweeter when it happens.
So, how about you? What were the moments that hooked you on the team without ever looking back?