Two days removed from Sunday’s Grey Cup in Regina, it’s time for the Tiger-Cats to reflect on their 2013 season.
And even though their championship aspirations ended with a thud at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, the Cats should be proud of what they accomplished.
The numbers were stacked against them.
Playing their home games in Guelph, dealing with a mountain of injuries, dressing a CFL record 88 players — many of them rookies — the Chris Williams saga, having an almost entirely new coaching staff, and playing in some of the craziest weather I’ve seen were just some of the obstacles Hamilton had to overcome.
The list of achievements is great.
The franchise’s first winning record since 2004, the team’s first double digit win season since ’01, the club’s first Grey Cup appearance in 14 years are some of the major notches on their belt.
The experience of getting to the Grey Cup, even though they lost, will be invaluable to this team, especially the younger guys.
The word resilient has come up a few times to describe this year’s team and I think it’s fitting.
Next year’s team will be different, I can guarantee that, because of the RedBlacks expansion draft and free agency.
But the foundation is set, the winning attitude has returned, and with Tim Hortons Field as their new home next season — the Ticats are on their way to becoming a force in the CFL again.