not alone in his anticipation of the coming season.
The 2004 version of the Tabbies will look like a
Mac homecoming. Kojo Aidoo returns to his university
roots along with Morreale and they will be led by
another Mac alum Greg Marshall who has taken over
the reins as Head Coach. Mike has an interesting
take on the family reunion. "I have always
respected Greg as a person and a coach. He is someone
who played the game and played it tough. He also
coaches the same way. I never had him coach me at
Mac but one thing is for sure - the players play
hard for him and I expect the same this year in
Hamilton. I have to give credit to Bob Young for
finding a local qualified young Canadian coach.
I think it will pay off huge in the years to come."
should also go to Young, Lancaster, Marshall and
company for bringing quality veterans like Morreale
back into the fold. Following a year that saw the
'Cats perform to an all-time low (finishing at 1-17)
there is nowhere to go but up for the club. Morreale
has a supremely positive attitude about the possibilities
and can't wait to reward what some consider to be
the best fans in the Canadian Football League by
being more than merely competitive. "I am so
impressed with the caliber of new Canadians that
have been brought to this team," Morreale added.
"My belief is the team with the best Canadians
ends up in the Grey Cup. Case in point -Montreal
and Edmonton the last few years. The same was true
for us in 1998 (Grey Cup finalists) and 1999 (Grey
Cup champions). Since there is so much parity in
this league, any given team has a legitimate shot
and I certainly believe we can get there. Thinking
big is never a bad thing. It certainly resonates
with our fans. Hamilton Ticat fans and Ivor Wynne
stadium are notorious for being tough on visiting
teams. Our fans are loud and they are football smart.
They expect big things from us on every play and
they deserve it. I am glad I am not a visitor anymore.
I look forward to a numbers growth in fans this
year and the chance for us to provide exciting football.
There is no doubt they are the best!"
this type of endorsement, not only is Morreale in
a good place in coming home, he may bring something
with him that would be a huge reward to those faithful
fans. It's called the Grey Cup.