Comment 56359

By mb (registered) | Posted January 14, 2011 at 14:27:38

Andrea... I didn't say all we NEED is a CFL team for our national identity. I said, it's all we HAVE, besides steel, and failed NHL bids. I would love for all of Canada to know about our other fine qualities, but the fact is, take away the Cats, and you have steel (I'm not knocking steel BTW, it put food on my plate for many years growing up).

Interesting note about HECFI. It's true we subsidize them, yet no one has a problem with that. And yet, if they were in a similar situation as the Cats, people would go to great lengths to make sure they are successful. Why? Because one is 'culture' (operas, entertainment, etc..), and the other is 'just a football team'. I'm starting to feel like football fans in this city are treated like mud by the rest of this city, because we don't like art or opera.

Ticat attendance records are right up there with other CFL teams. Their brand resonates with about 20,000 diehards who make it to games along with about 5000 casual fans, but many can not make it to games because of financial difficulties, they are elderly, and as harsh as it is to say, they don't want to go to 'that part of town'. However, CFL TV ratings indicate that Hamilton games are among the highest rated (behind Saskatchewan). So to say the brand doesn't resonate, isn't fair without looking at all the facts. I see a lot of ticat apparel around town on a daily basis.

Comment edited by mb on 2011-01-14 14:28:43

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