Ang's Odds and Ends

Why I Won't Renew My Season Tickets

Rate this Entry
Well, another season has come and gone. It's crazy to think that I started this site in 2003 and here we are, seven seasons later still going strong. I don't think I've ever committed to anything that long before. So it hurts me dearly to have to say that I will not renew my season tickets next year.

I am not a fair weather fan. I am not doing this because they have missed the playoffs for the third time in five years. I am not doing this because of the lack of organization from the top down that this team has had in those same five years. I am doing this, because of the decision the Esks Brass made when they hired Eric Tillman.

Let me tell you a story.

It was about 10 years ago now, maybe that's not right...but it was a long time ago anyway. This was before Eric Tillman was the General Manager of the Ottawa Renegades. He was a sports personality on TSN. I think it was him, Dunigan and Schultz at that time. And every week, all three of them would make picks on TSN.ca as to who would win the games that week. On Sportsnet.ca, Marty York (whatever happened to that douche) made his picks ATS (against the spread) where he would make his pick based on the Vegas betting line.

Well, at this time sports betting was a new concept to me and it fascinated me. I starting researching odds, collecting data, placing a bet here and there and was instantly hooked. So in my desire to learn about this new concept, I sent an email to Eric Tillman asking him why they didn't pick games ATS and just picked outright winners.

Now, I can't remember why I emailed just him or chose him in the first place. I honestly think it was because his email address was the only one I could find. I wish I still had his email, but I wasn't using web based email at the time so that email is long gone. But I remember the jist of it, and that is why I am posting right now and that is why I have decided I have no respect for this man or anything he represents.

His email response was long. Many paragraphs. He started by saying the reason they don't pick games ATS is because of him. He wouldn't allow it. He then went on for many sentences talking about how he was a Christian man and that sports betting was wrong and immoral and blah, blah, ****ing blah. At the time, I was fine with that. He has his morals and values, I don't have to agree with them, but I could respect them.

But now, I see that email in a whole different way. I have zero respect for him. He is a hypocrite and there is no way in hell he should be running this franchise. I stayed pretty quiet through the whole Tillman hiring fiasco, saying a few things here and there but I tried to lay low and not get into any pissing matches.

But now, the season is over. The Eskimos missed the playoffs again and have now lost me as a paying customer. Well done.
Tags: None Add / Edit Tags
Categories
Uncategorized

Comments

  1. Hugoagogo's Avatar
    Thank you for posting. I appreciate your honesty and completely support your decision.
  2. Old Caretaker's Avatar
    It certainly is your right and prerogative to cancel your season tickets. I don't think the season tickets in this household will be cancelled, but I have to check with "the boss" to be sure.
  3. Evil Dr. Len's Avatar
    My only comment and hope Angelus is that you keep the esksfans.com alive and running. I've faded in and out of the website for many years but I (and many others) would be deeply saddened if you close the doors on the website.

    Being a fan does not involve having to have season tickets, but the commitment to run a website is something I sincerely compliment you on.
  4. pizmo's Avatar
    What the Dr. said.
  5. MoneyGuy's Avatar
    I'll be renewing. A few months ago I was leaning toward not renewing, but I've seen enough positives that have caused me to change my mind. I likely will buy fewer tickets, but I'll be back in the stands in 2011.
  6. Rival's Avatar
    From a personal standpoint I hope there are a few cancellations. We have 7 guys with seats together and its been tough to move in the past. We are hoping to be able to move with the possible cancellations this off season.
  7. budha's Avatar
    My stance on this issue has been well known and I respect any one that does what you are doing. Given the fact that you own and opertate this site, I do not think that any one in their right mind would call you a fair weather fan. I do hope that you keep this site alive. Even though the Esks are no longer "my team", I do enjoy coming and posting on this site.
  8. dealerd's Avatar
    VERY GOOD STORY AND I WANTED TO SAY THIS IS AN AWESOME AWESOME WEBSITE AS I AM A DIEHARD ESKIMOS FAN IM ON THIS SITE 3-5 TIMES DAILY AND CANT WAIT TO GET UPDATES ON EVERYTHING ESKIMOS I TY SO MUCH FOR THIS WEBSITE KEEP UP THE GREAT AMAZING JOB.