The first Tiger-Cat game I went to was the first game of the 2-point total point Eastern Final in 1966 against Ottawa.
We sat in the now demolished bleachers in the west end-zone. The Rough Riders were an inspired bunch that day as there assistant coach Al Smyth had just passed away. Ottawa thumped the Tiger-Cats that day 30-1. They went on to the Grey Cup and lost to Saskatchewn, who won their first Grey Cup ever. I was 8 years old at the time and could’nt believe it.
I was born in 1958 and the only year the Tiger-Cats hadn’t got to the Grey Cup until that point was 1960. (don’t remember that one).
One more year of success under Ralph Sazio in 1967, before the dark years began. Joe Restic was installed as head coach in 1968, and the team was never the same again. Geez, we even had a quarterback quit on the team in mid-season and go home (Bill Etter).
Also was there in 1972, second game of the Eastern Final against Ottawa. This time I was in the East end-zone under the scoreboard when the team overcame a 12 pt deficit (thank God for Garney Henley’s late touchdown in the first game) and won a squeaker to advance to the Grey Cup at home. Not sure of the score but it might have been 23-8