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    Ticat fans give team grand send Tuesday's quickly arranged send off for the Hamilton Tiger Cats as they boarded buses for their flight to Regina and the 101{+s}t Grey Cup had the feel of a miniature Academy Awards procession. The players exited the door at the back of the Canadian Football League team's downtown headquarters at 1 Jarvis St. and were funneled toward their buses through a narrow isthmus between seas of admiring fans. There were about 400 attendees, mostly bedecked in black and gold, but their cheering and elevated excitement level made it seem like many more. The most rabid had waited 14 years for this little procession. They were led in multiple Oskee Wee Wees by Pigskin Pete (Dan Black) and his predecessor Paul Weiler, they chanted "Bring back the Cup," and, when players passed, they'd yell "Who's got your back?" and answer "We've got your back!" And, even before the players appeared, the impatient group cheered team staff as they wheeled baggage to the buses. You know there's love in the air when the crowd applauds a suitcase. "I think this team has done a lot of good," said Kevin Johnson a group of about a half dozen hardies, nicknamed the Thirteenth Family, which has attended every practice at McMaster this year. "I predicted that they would be in the Grey Cup this year and we'll get even more season ticket holders at the new stadium because of it." Johnson has been a fan "since I was born" and chose his seat for the new Tim Hortons Field just last Thursday. Bob Hodgson was a fan before there was ever a Tiger Cat player. He supported the old Hamilton coach purse outlets Wildcats in 1949 and, when the Wildcats merged with the Tigers the following year, he became a Tiger Cat subscriber, and has been one for the ensuing 63 seasons. The 82 year old former mayor of Stoney Creek and president of the Tiger Cat Quarterback Club says the current team, playing away from the city all year and winning despite new players, new coaches and a slew of injuries, has brought prestige to the franchise and has prepped the populace for a positive move into the new stadium "No question about it," Hodgson said. "And, of course, Kent Austin is the centrepiece here. His ability to choose and rally the right players. outlet coach online His expertise, his years as a quarterback, his years as a coach. He's really turned things around. "The (East semifinal) win at Guelph was inspirational. But the one against the Argos, when the TSN commentators were saying in the first half, 'It's Argos all the way,' and then they didn't score any points in the second half. Wow." Austin didn't walk the gauntlet Thursday but did mingle with admiring fans outside the bus. These were informed fans, too, because it was Austin they wanted most, while the three biggest player cheers were reserved for centre Marwan Hage, the team captain and a 10 year Cat without a Cup appearance until this weekend, receiving star Andy "Fantooooooooz" and quarterback Henry Burris, who was greeted by a roar of "MVP! MVP!" It took Burris a long time to zig then zag his way through the admiration, and he was mens coach wallet outlet clearly in his element. "This is the fun part about it, to coach purses outlet be able to get out and spend time with the fans, to just enjoy the moment," Burris said. "For the players, this is an opportunity to have coach wrentham outlets your name on that Cup forever but, more importantly, to be remembered by Hamilton Tiger Cats fans forever." coach outlet stores locations
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