We need to let the Ticats get back to the business of football

The decision to try to bring Art Briles into the coaching fold was an unmitigated disaster and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats organization has rightfully taken an absolute beating over it (including some choice words for yours truly) over the last week. It is a scar on the team that won’t go away quickly or easily, nor should it.

However, the season doesn’t stop because something unseemly happened, and there are still games to be played and not everything the Hamilton Tiger-Cats do needs to be dissected because of one dumb near-hiring.

Case in point: the furor over the Ticats working out, and potentially signing, former Heisman-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Whether you think Johnny Football can make the Ticats better is up to you. I have my doubts, but that’s not the point. The point is that the people in charge of running the Hamilton Tiger-Cats football team still need to do their jobs to try to make the team on the field better.

I understand that the stink of Art Briles will hover over this team for a long time, but the members of the front office still have jobs to do, which including scouting and working out players, and we need to let them get back to doing that job.

Johnny Manziel, for all his baggage, is not Art Briles. There is, at least to me, a big difference between mistakes made by someone in their early 20s and ones made by a man in his 60s. Johnny Manziel may not deserve a second chance, but I am willing to give him one.

But regardless of all that, at some point we all need to stop comparing every move the Ticats make with Art Briles.

The stain of the Briles decision will stay for a while. We need not forgive nor forget — and it will be a long time until people, myself included, are willing to move past this, and rightly so — but that doesn’t mean the Ticats don’t still need to operate like the other eight CFL franchises and go find players to try make the team better, some of which will have checkered pasts like Manziel.

If the Ticats are barred from looking into players who have run afoul of the law or are not squeaky clean, then they are going to have a hard time finding players. Every team in the CFL has a player or two or three who are only up here because of one transgression or another, and the Ticats should not be disallowed from who they can bring in simply because they made an idiotic decision a few days prior.

Did we all get together and bar the Calgary Stampeders and Montreal Alouettes from signing players with questionable pasts after they employed Lawrence Phillips?

Yes, the Art Briles thing was gross and vile and mishandled by everyone in the Ticats organization. That is undeniable, but the Ticats still have to make moves as a football team to try to salvage a season and look towards the future.

It has been a tumultuous last seven days in Hamilton, but not everything needs to be viewed through the Art Briles prism.

It is time to let the Ticats get back to the business of football.

Josh Smith

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Josh has been writing about the Ticats and the CFL since 2010 and was sporting his beard way before it was cool. Will be long after, too.
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38 Comments on We need to let the Ticats get back to the business of football

  1. You scumbags in the media have had your feeding frenzy for your profit and glamour and now you want to go back to normal? To hell with you.

    • Johnnie was overwhelmed by fame at a young age no different then his Canadian friend Justin Bieber. His Fiancee is now vouching for his sobriety and seriousness about playing in the CFL. But let’s not be selective in whose past we expose and whose past we dont. Maybe the cats don’t need another QB as Masoli might be the answer. But let’s not make false statements as Marshall Ferguson did saying Masoli has no baggage. Look it up in Wikipedia but Masoli had two arrests in 2010 in Oregon. Chip Kelly kicked him off the field and he ended up at Mississipi. Burglary and Ganja possession in a state that decriminaluzed small amounts like Vancouver did.

  2. Stop…there is no Stink of Briles…there is a strong Stench of selective media types and fans! He didn’t commit a crime like someone else on their staff so stop with the excuses! Their talent isn’t good period…keep it real…the ticats are not a Talented team. Stop trying to Blame Briles…would of been a good Football hire…but he has had nothing to do with this Performance of the ticats!

  3. Eddiefelson // September 4, 2017 at 11:47 am //

    Horrible week for wanna be media.
    Trying to make the story something it wasnt.
    It may be time for fans to start a real news source.
    If it was up to me- you would be fired along with drew.

    • You may not realise this but Josh IS a fan who has written about the Ticats for some time now, but it’s not his main job.
      That being said, I’d have preferred that the Briles mess not be raised again. Yes the Ticats have to get back to scouting, trying out, signing players and more importantly playing some winning football starting with today’s Labour Day Classic! Go Ticats!!

      • The Briles horse is dead, no longer needs to be beaten. Didn’t like the reference to ageism either, that a person can be forgiven for transgressions at 20 but not 60. WTH?

  4. Art who?

  5. Just saying // September 4, 2017 at 11:56 am //

    Seams like a fine article to me.

  6. The only difference would have been that Briles probably would have helped the Ticats whereas Manziel would have been a distraction and likely a disaster – Briles has had much more football success than Manziel – not excusing what he did or was accused of doing.

  7. Yesterday’s news. Only time it seems to resurface is by one of the ‘contributors’ to this site which is then ‘red-meat bait’ to some readers/posters.

    Extremely poor decision. Done. ‘Rock throwers’, go home, you have had your moment.

    And please Josh, we don’t really need to share your internal torment “….We need not forgive nor forget — and it will be a long time until people, myself included, are willing to move past this, and rightly so”

  8. Wasn’t just the media that blew this whole thing up quite a few people on this site should look In the mirror

  9. I for one hope the ticats can get their on field product back on track and today would be a good day to start. Of course I want the Riders to stomp them in a few weeks but other than that it would be great to see them reel off some wins. I’m against a 9 team conference despite this cyclical weakness of the East and would love to see the eastern teams pick it up a notch. Love the CFL!

  10. Hamilton breaks the goose egg today.

  11. So are you calling yourselves out? Because 3DN has literally been the worst. They add a QB (manziel) to neg list and catch fire, they release a QB (kapernick) off their neg list and they catch fire by you guys. 3DN is like a pack of hyenas. You attack the vulnerable one who is down. Last year it was the Riders now it’s the Ti-Cats. Brutal guys

    • There has always been a penchant for the gutless GTA based media to kick the CFL when it is down. Too lazy and too stupid to figure out any good that might be happening.

    • Drew and company are not here to be PR hacks for the league…

      Their job is to REPORT….sorry.. even the bad news.

      If you can’t handle the truth..go to the Disney channel.

  12. I am a huge fan of the CFL. When a team has a winning record or even a 500 team gets spanked. Its fun to tease the fans a little. Always keeping it clean and never getting personal.
    Having had some undesirable years as a Rider fan and other years where you wish you could turn off all the outside noise of your favourite teams sitting winless at the half way point. I know exactly how TigerCat fans feel. It sucks! It’s infuriating. Then just when you think it can’t get any lower someone in the Orginization pulls a bonehead move and allows the media an excuse to attack and kick you right in the teeth while your already lying on the ground.
    I’m thinking good news and positive things are right around the corner for Hamilton fans. Hang in there and ignor the all the outside noise looking to dump on you while your down. For this too shall pass.

  13. No one blew this up out of proportion. The criticism of the hire was well deserved and the beating the TiCats took was well deserved. The comments on here being critical of 3DN or the media in general simply reflect poorly on those making them.

  14. Last week’s history period. This year has been an utter disappointment and embarrassment for the fans and city. After last week’s debacle, and a Johnny Manziel tryout? Makes one wonder and question, what the hell is really going on with this Organization. Lost all hope,and patience with the present executives in office now. Player evaluation, scouting, coaching, injury replacements, coaching, and the player salary cap. All this has led to a failure of a competitive, contending product on the field. No where near a G.C. contender. Changes are needed now and replan and rebuild for 2018-2019 with wise draft picks. First and foremost drafting legitimate offensive linemen to protect our QB. We don’t want to lose Zach Collaros, he’s not to be blamed. Time for changes. And let’s go out and at least beat the Argos Suck in our house, on a Labour Day Classic.

    • Sea of Dead // September 4, 2017 at 4:53 pm //

      I’m sure that your feelings are shared by the majority of Cat fans. It’s unfortunate that the Cat record/situation is what it is and I’m surprised by the number of obvious die-hard ‘Trump lovers’ out there that are ticked off with their lot in life and feel the need to beat down on the 3DN media/contributors who are just telling it as it is.

      As far as the game goes, perhaps the expected bad weather may inhibit the Argo offence and keep the game close enough to give the Cats a chance that they would otherwise not have against RR and the Argos. Let’s hope for a miracle.

    • Just saying // September 4, 2017 at 4:55 pm //

      Agread, as I said earlier it seams like a fine article to me.

  15. Gotta start somewhere Hamilton – good luck today, go out and kick some a*s!!

  16. I”m thankful for every story 3down his posted about the disgraceful Art Briles thing. Like many others, it causes me to feel really uncomfortable but I’m not afraid of that feeling. I want the story and not the glossed over b.s. version designed to make the teams and league look good at all cost, you get elsewhere. Those who bash the messenger should not read the stories if they can’t hack the discomfort. Go find the team page or the CFL page and live in the dark.

  17. Maybe a good start, if you really mean what you write, would have been not to mention it three different times in the same story?

    Say to tell someone else how to think, different story when it comes to setting the example.

  18. Easy to tell someone…

  19. Investigators came to the conclusion that there wasn’t enough evidence to charge, let alone try and convict this guy. It’s never seen a courtroom.

    And yet the fangs bared, PC media want to keep flogging this guy ad nauseum, ad infinitem. That is f’ed

  20. Southwest cowboy // September 4, 2017 at 7:58 pm //

    The brains that run the eastern conference just keep shooting themselves in the foot.
    Who was the wizard that decided to play a game in Hamilton after supper on the last day of a long weekend?
    It’s like the entire eastern conference is trying to commit suicide.

  21. Give it a rest. PLEASE!

  22. Drew… are you kidding me? I posted a comment hours ago and it has yet to show up… there was nothing vulgar or profane in my comments… however I did criticize both you and Josh… so is that what’s keeping it from being published?

  23. These comments were posted earlier… but have yet to be published… trying again…

    I always enjoy reading good journalism and unbiased editorial comments… too bad Josh’s article completely missed the mark on both counts…

    In Josh’s article he chose the following descriptive words to once again share his opinion, in a rather biased way, on the Art Briles deal… “unmitigated disaster”… “a scar on the team that won’t go away quickly or easily, nor should it”… “something unseemly happened”… “one dumb near-hiring”… “the stink of Art Briles will hover over this team for a long time”… “The stain of the Briles decision will stay for a while”… “We need not forgive nor forget”… “it will be a long time until people, myself included, are willing to move past this, and rightly so”… “the Art Briles thing was gross and vile”…

    Then for some unfathomable reason he concludes with… “It has been a tumultuous last seven days in Hamilton, but not everything needs to be viewed through the Art Briles prism.”

    That is near impossible when media types such as Josh use their platform to encourage mob mentality and continue to (as said before) beat a dead horse… if I didn’t know better I would swear this article came from Breitbart…

    And then of course there are the Holier Than Thou Mob who, without facts or knowledge of a situation dare to vilify any other bloggers who may have a different opinion…

    Mob mentality is ugly, mob mentality got Trump elected to POTUS, mob mentality causes scenes such as the many riots witnessed in the USA…

    It’s time Josh, Drew and other media types stopped exhuming old stories and fanning the flames for the mob to jump on… maybe they could actually report on something news worthy…

    Bad enough that I am disappointed in the Ticats performance this year, but I am even more disappointed with 3D Nation… as professional journalists they are held to a higher standard… they should know better and should act better…

    If Josh cannot get over this as he states in own words… “it will be a long time until people, myself included, are willing to move past this, and rightly so”… then I suggest Josh should withdraw his opinions and resign from posting any more articles on 3D Nation…

    Just saying…

    • Spot on comments. This is perhaps the scariest thing about the social-media age. An few upset people can be whipped into a large lynch-mob in hours with “journalists” who are only in it for the clicks, happily stoking the fire.

  24. Donewith3down // September 5, 2017 at 9:40 am //

    The Briles hiring was the sports journalism fail of the century.
    3downnation writers were just frothing at the mouth to unleash the hate but never once managed to produce a cogent article that provided any context the the Baylor fiasco. Nothing that might allow the casual fan who didn’t follow that story closely to understand what actually happened. Nothing about how a Title IX investigation works and its limits, nothing about the creation of the independent report that you so oft quoted and nothing about the basis for Briles suit which I’m sure would enlighten many people.
    Instead we get nonsensical soundbite journalism. ZOMG rape!
    Absolutely pathetic.

    • If your handle reflects how you truly feel, “Donewith3down”, then why do you keep coming back??

      Just wondering….

    • Done: You missed the point. No-one on this blog should be re-litigating what happened at Baylor. All of us here are just by-standers. I have read many of the reports. Regardless of what we make of it all, Baylor fired Briles. Court cases are still pending so it’s not over yet.
      We CAN legitimately discuss whether or not the Tiger-Cats should hire him but as the Caretaker explained…that comes down to the values this team wants to display. Bob decided against it. His decision. Time for the rest of us to move on.
      Your criticism of the media and this website is absurd.

  25. I’m getting a vision of a Josh Smith column from the Nov 27 2037…

    “Cats win 3rd consecutive Grey Cup…but Art Briles”

  26. “I understand that the stink of Art Briles will hover over this team for a long time, but the members of the front office still have jobs to do, which including scouting and working out players, and we need to let them get back to doing that job.”

    But after such a disasterous near decision, that would have occurred if not for those, outside of this team, who knew better, the most important question remains….

    Can we trust this bunch to make a GOOD decision????

    • Funny how times change – back in 1981 we hired a coach that had legal action impending against him – he was accused of physically assaulting one of his own players and there was no uproar at the time at all – instead he was revered for being a tough coach. Now, years later a coach who has not been accused of anything directly is blackballed. He posed no threat to anyone and at the professional level his players would be responsible for their own actions 100% and he would not even have been the head coach.

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