8) One trade that really worked out in the TiCats favour took place in around 1960. Cats traded Bernie Faloney and Don Paquette to Montreal for Sam Etcheverry and Hal Patterson. Etcheverry ended up not coming to Hamilton and cancelling the Faloney part of the deal, leaving the Cats with Hal Patterson in exchange for Paquette !!!! One of the worst one-sided trades in league history. Thankfully Hamilton was on the winning end. Only us old timers on here would remember this great deal !!!! :lol:
Sort of unfair to bash the Miles trade. When it happened he was coming up on free agency and would have bolted to the richest contract out there since the ownership closed the vault and would have had no hope in resigning him.
They needed a marquis name and a fan favourite like Montford back for the sake of fan interest.
Besides what's so great about Miles?
A slightly better than avg. rec. who gets hurt alot.
Again the Cats had to get something for Allen before he bolted since Allen's contract was only for a year. There's no way they could have outbid anyone to keep him. Braley was not prepared to blow more big money on just one player.
Allen's performance in 92 was forgettable anyway.
O'Shea, curse his black soul, ended up being Rookie of the year and a perennial allstar for the Cats.
Tony Gabriel said that he would no longer play for Hamilton when the east went to the same number of games as the west ( 16 and we had been 14). Ralph Sazio refused to give him more money for the 2 extra games as you signed for a season and not the number of games. If you were to be traded either west or east your contract did not change.
If I'm not mitaken he ended up signing with Ottawa for only about 1000 dollars a year more, but for him it was the principle of the issue as he saw it at that time that was important.
Allen went on to win the Grey cup that year, we had a revolving door at q.b and missed being in the Cup by a missed Ozzy field goal with Tod Dillon leading the attack after only being with the team for 3 weeks.
As for the lack of funds, the next season we signed Tim Rosenbaugh for 500 k. O'shea only had one memorable year for us before going to the NFL, then signed with Toronto.