We all come to our fandom in different ways. For Doug McLeod, it started when the Buffalo Bills decided to make Toronto a sporadic home. He didn't like how the CFL was being treated as a second-class league, and he especially didn't like how the city of Toronto seemed to relish the idea that they were now an NFL town.
A fan of the CFL for 30 years – when his grandmother was one the people who took him to see his first game, a contest between the Toronto Argonauts and the Montreal Alouettes in 1980 – Doug decided to abandon his allegiance to the Argos over this and hop aboard the Tigertown express. Doug then became a season-ticket holder in 2009, and now makes the long two-hour trek from his home in Toronto to Ivor Wynne for every game.
You may be asking yourself: why I am telling you a story about a fan? Well, Doug is not your ordinary fan. Doug is doing something interesting that I find worthy of promoting. He calls it commen-tweeting.
During each Hamilton Tiger-Cat game, home and away, Doug will be posting his thoughts on his Twitter account (@DiefOnCats). What I find especially noteworthy is that Doug will be providing his insight during home games from his seat in Section 22. He will be live tweeting from Ivor Wynne. I find that to be an excellent way of providing something different than anyone else out there. I do not know anyone else who live tweets from games.
Doug also post his thoughts on each game on his blog, Dief On Cats.
So if you have Twitter, give him a follow. His thoughts are well articulated (even at 140 characters), and he supplements them by putting up a fascinating and detailed account in his post-game blog. I highly advise that you check that out as well.
I would also like to point out that since Doug created his blog, the Tiger-Cats have yet to lose. His first post is about the Hamilton's victory over Saskatchewan. It's got to be a coincidence... or perhaps Doug simply has the magic touch.
While Doug may be new to the Tiger-Cat community, he sure seems to be making up for lost time. I look forward to reading more of Doug's commen-tweeting on Twitter and reading his thoughts in his post-game blog.