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By Mogadon Megalodon (anonymous) | Posted March 25, 2011 at 12:31:01

In my more optimistic moments I'm inclined to side with the astute and esteemed Mr. Cooke, although I do think the unique passion-dynamics of urbanism and pro sports may offer a distorted picture of the way that the populace will engage with its policymakers down the line.

On the whole, I'm of the opinion that – despite its surfeit of entertainment value and spittle-flecked debate – this was a colossal waste of time, energy, money and political capital and a poor reflection on our city's business and political establishment.

Having said that, running down the list of awe-inspiring projects made possible by Future Fund monies, it seems less to do with planning ahead and more to do with reading water. The Cats made a splash but it seems like it has been doled out more mercenary purposes before, albeit ones with transient legacies.

http://www.hamilton.ca/CityDepartments/CorporateServices/FinanceBudgetTaxes/HamiltonFutureFund/Chronology+of+the+Utilization+of+the+Hamilton+Future+Fund.htm

All the same, "professional sports" is an oxymoron. The franchises that are run like proud, independent and successful businesses are the exception and not the rule. However you care to break down the financial lifeblood of the organization, the Cats exist as a charity. That uncomfortable reality surely contributed in no small part to Scott Mitchell's epic asshattery.

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