Friday, April 29, 2011
Not sure why TSN waited so long to give the actual confirmation, but good they finally did. Hopefully the ratings will be reported. Could be good for some laughs in comparison to Raptor and TFC games.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Scotiabank Touchdown Atlantic ticket sale details have been announced today by the CFL.
As a valued Tiger-Cats Season Seat Holder, you will receive an opportunity to purchase tickets to this event before the public on-sale date.
Season Seat Holder Pre-Sale: Monday, May 9th, 9:00 a.m. eastern time until Wednesday, May 11th, at 9:00 a.m. eastern time.
To purchase your seats during the pre-sale, click here and enter the promo code XXXXXXXXXX.
Inventory is limited and seats will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Limit of eight (8) seats per person will be sold during the pre-sale. This pre-sale is only available online. Tickets will be available to the general public on Wednesday, May 11th, at 9:00 a.m. eastern time.
To book travel or accommodations through the Tiger-Cats official travel agent, please contact Red Tag Vacations directly at:
Red Tag Travel: Janet Kuzmich - 1-866-573-3824 ext. 2054 or Janet@redtag.ca
I won't publish the promo code, because it appears that anyone could use it. I'm sure it will get out anyways, but I'm not really sure what the team could do to absolutely make sure only season ticket holders can use the offer. Last year the game sold out and it is likely it will this year. Potentially a season ticket holder could buy at the presale and then resell them, but that would seem a bit of a douche move.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
From annoying to really annoying, I've noticed that Hockey Night in Canada is being festooned with a never ending series of ads for Cheetah Power Surge involving Frank D'Angelo and some motorcycle. Who is buying Cheetah Power Surge? Whoever you are, please stop. I think all the federal party leaders can agree that Canada needs less Frank D'Angelo on the television.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
The main factor is $981,950 in severance costs, including $160,000 to the fan reviled Mike Kelly, plus varous assistants, former coach Doug Berry, plus some others. For a CFL team, signing a new coach to a three year deal and having him tank the first year is problematic, because replacing him means paying two coaching salaries for several years. However if the fans demand the coach's head, not firing him could potentially lose the team more money if the fans stay away. With player salaries closely controlled, coaching salaries, especially severances can be considerably more variable. Luckily the Bomber fans aren't demanding current coach Paul LaPolice's head after a 4 and 14 season last year, but if there's more of the same this year, what happens.
One other interesting piece of information in the article was that CFL revenue paid to the Bombers increased by $122,000. It would be interesting to find the actual total number paid to the teams for 2010, but an increase is still positive.
Staying with the Bombers, season ticket sales are already past 16,000, which is impressive for a team that was the worst in the CFL in 2010. The new stadium is probably helping out some what, plus some delusion on the part of Bomber fans that Buck Pierce will stay healthy. Interestingly I've heard no word on how Ticat sales are doing this year. If they were going fantastic, one might have expected to hear something from the Cats.
There's probably some bitterness about the stadium debacle that could take more than a year to subside. Likely the fans that buy the most tickets will keep buying, but some tickets to some angry casual fans might not get sold. Plus the fact with the Moncton game you're only getting eight home games and forced to buy a potential playoff game could also be causing some problems.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Clearly Bruce and import Dave Stala (1015 yards) are the main targets for Kevin Glenn this year, with Marquay McDaniel (994 yards) and Maurice Mann (787 yards) trying to usurp them. After those four, there's a considerable dropoff in talent. Can non-import Matt Carter (137 yards) emerge after the departure of Chris Bauman to the Eskimos as a viable fifth receiver? Possible, but I wouldn't bet on more than 500 yards max from him this year. Hopefully someone else emerges from the various import wide receivers invited to camp this year. Having a good fifth and sixth option receiver option, especially with the high probability of one of the receivers being injured at some point in the season is required if the Cats are going to beat out the Alouettes in 2011.