On November 25 over 53,000 fans packed a sold out Rogers Center for the historic 100th annual Grey Cup. The hometown Argos were playing in the Grey Cup for the first time since 2004.
The country’s 100th annual football championship was well marketed and had a great halftime show thanks to the duo of Gordon Lightfoot and Justin Bieber.
While the game was an overall success for the city of Toronto, fans support for the Argos will quickly fade.
Historically, the Grey Cup has always been a success. The Rogers Center would have sold out whether or not the Argos made the Grey Cup.
Many fans attended to the game because it was the fashionable thing to do. While the Argos have a fanbase; there were many who attended strictly because the event's historic nature.
Toronto seems to enjoy pretending to take an interest when the city hosts major events. The city sells more tickets for car races, tennis tournaments, and the Yates Cup than it probably should.
Much like every other event, the city has seen the 100th Grey Cup follow the same fate; it was temporarily popular, buoyed by the fact that the Argos were playing and won.
In a city hungry for a championship team—something the Leafs, Raptors, TFC and Jays haven’t been—it took the less popular Argonauts to give Toronto the championship it desperately wanted.
The Grey Cup used to be a big deal in Toronto and regular season games used to sell out, but that was long time ago. These days, the team has difficulty bringing in a new generation of fans.
With the NHL lockout, the Leafs have become irrelevant, the Raptors are once again struggling badly and while the Jays have made some noise trading in the offseason they are not taking the field until the spring.
Despite the city’s great support for their beloved Leafs, they haven’t had a championship season since 1967. They continued to disappoint their fans since the 2004-05 lockout and haven’t made the postseason once since then.
Even with the team’s misfortunes, fans continue to have false hopes, as each year, fans are deluded into believing the team can be a contender.
It’s been over 1,600 days since a Toronto team, other than the Argos, last won a playoff game. The Raptors beat the Orlando Magic but it ultimately it didn’t matter because they ended up losing the series.
Jays GM Alex Anthopolous has created a buzz in the city of Toronto, but fans have to wait until 2013 to see their improved baseball team in action.
He has made some notable trades and fans have reasons to be optimistic. The team may actually have put together a serious contender.
Despite the hype, it’s been 20 years since Joe Carter’s championship home run. No playoff game has taken place in the Rogers Center since then.
While it is great to see the Argos winning the hardware, fans are desperately waiting for another team to win a championship.
While many other Toronto teams struggle, people can pretend to have an interest in the Argos.