Hear me out - this is just something I was thinking about a bit.
With the exception of BC, every team in the West has had decades-long stable ownership. This is a result of WPG, SSK, and EDM being community-owned, and the Stamps being part of the Flames' ownership group. MTL, HAM (pre-Young), OTT (folded TWICE), and TOR have all had multiple owners in my lifetime (51 years so far).
I would argue that stability in ownership (although Young certainly hasn't seemed to have applied much of what he's learned) aids in the stability of the overall team, and therefore the division the team's in. Yes, SSK had some pretty lean years, but so has every team in the East.
Post by FozzieBear on Jul 18, 2022 13:27:34 GMT -5
My view is that the West teams build teams for winning and long term success where as the Eastern teams follow the flavour of the day and just being good enough to make the playoffs. No Eastern team builds a team with the idea of winning the Grey Cup every year, the western teams do.
In the East being good enough to make the playoffs and having a competitive team are the only goals. No eastern team since the Montreal dynasty of the 90's has been setup for sustained success.
Look at the structure of the Hamilton franchise, the current setup is a recipe for failure and not success. Too many cooks at the pot.